Taj Mahal on The Brickyard ??

    Taj Mahal
    BobLee
    August09/ 2015

    Oh, listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar
    As she glides along the woodland, o’r hills and by the shore ….

    Wabash Cannonball is the ringtone I use for a certain group of friends. Yesterday I heard that familiar chorus.  Looking down at my iPhone6 screen I saw….

    …. it was Greensboro restaurant mogul / UNC BOG mischief Marty Kotis. I smiled an all-knowing Internet Legend smile as I hit connect….Marshmallows

    So …. let me guess. The bottom-feeder faction of Wolfpack Nation are roasting your butt over hot coals and you’re calling me to bring the marshmallows?

    How did you know?  Marty asked.

    Marty, I don’t know everything; but I do know the knee-jerk habits of cross-eyed, mouth-breathing board monkeys regardless of jersey color. ….. When I saw you had DARED to offer a dissenting opinion about NC State’s proposal to erect a Taj Mahal Jock Dorm, it was inevitable that those Wuff bottom-feeders would have you in their sniper sights within minutes. …… they looked you up on the BOG website, noted your UNC affiliation and screamed UNCheats and that you were trying to divert attention away from UNC’s unpleasantness by opposing their most noble efforts to provide suitable on-campus housing for their aspiring aerospace engineers and nuclear physicists who also happen to play basketball….. how am I doing so far?

    Pretty much verbatim.

    I’ll remind you of the advice I gave you last year when it was Franklin Street lunatics calling your mamma ugly names for whatever the brouhaha was at that time. Those witless goobers cussing you IN ALLCAPS are the humanoids you avoid making eye contact with on elevators. They perceive you as a threat to the only shred of “vicarious success” in their wretched existence. In this case, if Gottfried can’t have the same shiney bling to bedazzle the semi-literate 17 y/os that rival schools are bedazzling them with ….. those semi-literate 17 y/os will go elsewhere for a year or two.

    So this is all about recruiting?

    Sure. All the millions “donated by private sources” in the ever-escalating Arms Race in Big Time College Athletics is always “about recruiting”. Just giving every recruit a platinum Amex with “no limit” with the bill going to his Fat Cat “benefactor” would probably be cheaper in the long run. …… 8-10 years ago it was Fancy Locker rooms with hot tubs and foosball tables….. then Gianormous Jumbotrons….. then Indoor Practice Facilities…..

    now the latest “But we HAVE TO…” is Luxurious Jock Dorms. …… just the next Everybody Does It in the endless race to bedazzle semi-literate 17 y/os.

    Weren’t Jock Dorms outlawed years ago.

    They were. Alabama had the first one – Bryant Hall in the 60s; then “everybody” had to have one…. then the NCAA said WHOA…. and common sense prevailed for a few years. Fancy Jock Dorms went away about the same time as “Coed Hospitality Squads” (Carolina’s infamous Sweet Carolines). Every school that could find a dozen coeds without too noticeable facial hair was using that age-old lure in recruiting….. “to give campus tours and tout the number of Bunsen burners in our world-famous chemistry labs”…. wink, wink.

    There are only so many of these recruiting flim flam blings so it is inevitable that some get recycled….. ergo we are now back full-circle to Fancy Jock Dorms. Kentucky has one. Kansas has one. Various other programs trying to compete with Kentucky and Kansas are hurrying to build theirs. If Recently Rewarded Two-Ring Roy loses another 3-4 recruits you can count on him whining about needing one (Fancy Jock Dorm) too….. built, of course, with “private donations”.

    (NOTE:  I probably watch way too many HGTV / DIY Flip / Fixer-upper shows; but I wonder if these luxury jock dorms all have “open concepts and granite countertops”?)

    Isn’t there a rule that these “recruiting dorms” cannot be exclusively for jocks?

    Every Power Five coach / AD knows at least ten get-rounds to get around that restriction.

    Doesn’t such segregated housing prevent the jocks from “mainstreaming” with the student body?

    Well yeah…. which is one of the reasons the jocks like’em. REALLY – geeks, nerds, gays, tranies, Justin Beiber wannabees, yuck!  Except, of course, for those nubile coeds in those hospitality squads. Mainstreaming with them is Hubba Hubba….

    NC State Chancellor Woodson implied this special $240,000/bed luxury housing would be an asset to the student-athletes’ academic development.

    If Chancy Randy managed to say that and not giggle, he deserves a medal. ….. Marty, did your new fan club realize that your dissenting opinion (and the two others) did not in any way veto the planning of this silliness. The rest of the BOG approved it and 3-4 years from now the Everett Case Fancy Jock Dorm will open with a grand ribbon-cutting…. and immediately be out-of-date because by then other schools will have Bigger Fancier Blingier Jock Dorms to bedazzle those semi-literate 17 y/os?

    I think they just hate me for even daring to question the project.

    They already hated you for attending UNC-CH back in the 80s.  Remember my elevator and eye contact rule.

    Is every Power Five school controlled by these Fat Cat cabals? Do they set the priorities that the institution follows?

    Yep. The on-going mess in Chapel Hill is the perfect local example. They hide in the shadows and play puppetmasters for the admin fops.

    Should NC State get “the Death Penalty” for even considering doing this?

    For sure there are those over in Chapel Hill who might think so.   🙂

    Are these coaches so desperate, they will totally prostitute themselves and their schools?

    It’s worse that you can imagine.  I’m waiting for one of these semi-literate prima donas to order a coach to (1) eat a bug ….. (2) kiss a pig on the lips…. (3) castrate himself with a rusty boxcutter.   90% of coaches would be eating, kissing and cutting before you could say Final Four. 

    If the “private donations” were, instead, going to further research in the actually important departments at NC State….. wouldn’t that be a better use of those $$$$?

    Well sure; but who cares about Bragging Rights about life-saving research that benefits mankind…… Eradicating Mad Cow Disease versus Making it to the Elite Eight. Which is a more worthy pursuit? ….. It’s all about “our semi-literate thug-aletes whupped your semi-literate thug-aletes therefore we are better people than you are”.

    That’s ridiculous.

    Hey, how’s your English Pub restaurant concept doing?

    Next time you’re in Greensboro, the pint o’ Guiness is on me.

    Deal! Meanwhile keep asking the hard questions that others on the BOG are afraid to ask.   Keep “Trainwreck” Fennebresque from totally wrecking the UNC System.  …… ain’t NEVER running out of column fodder.

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    • 58wolf kennel Reply
      4 years ago

      Did get some first-hand info yesterday while helping my oldest granddaughter into NC State to become a Veterinarian ((and a free lunch). Interesting comments about the Thursday BOG committee meeting where two of the three people voting against the new housing asked no questions waiting until the Friday board meeting when press was present. Total cost is always max including having to replace parking lot plus new parking and road changes. Solid backing by all NC State administration. I trust them.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        It should be noted that 58WolfKennel ALSO “trusted” Lee Fowler, Herb Sendak, TO’B, Sidney Lowe, Les Robinson… and probably Tom Reed and Al Micheals too. Bless his Tru Red&White heart.
        .
        Perhaps you should arrange with Godfather Jim Hunt for those three horrible BOGers to “sleep with the fishes”?

    • ultraviolet Reply
      4 years ago

      Wait a minute! Who is on the UNC BOG? Marty Kotis?!?! Good lord. I wonder if Fgahnistan will grant me political asylum.

    • thailand Reply
      4 years ago

      That graphic is hilarious–hope the nickname “The Taj” sticks……

      Remember my room in Alexander Dorm–had a sink and a rattling steam radiator by the window…..communal showers down the hallway…..But I loved the place–five minutes from math class including a stop-off at the bookstore snack bar for a couple of Little Debbie cream-filled oatmeal cookies and a Coke for breakfast on the run through the tunnel…..

      Left for frat row when Alexander became a coed dorm…..From what I hear, the boys in Turlington across the quad welcomed the gender change in Alexander and would on occasion turn the lights off throughout their dorm for what they called “Porky’s Night” 🙂

      No-necks in black sporting gold bling monitoring the doorways against tourists and groupies and such at the “Taj”……Be a lot of strut and swagger coming out of that new joint…..Isn’t State supposed to be that wonderful land-grant university with a rugged blue-collar approach with manly courses and disdain for such prissiness? Just sayin’

      Lots of folks at my fitness club chuckling at your piece today, particularly that picture of the Taj Mahal …… One guy asked, who is this writer? He’s really good!” Guy was from LA….Lewis Grizzard fan…. 🙂

      Later,
      From Pattaya

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Maybe the architects will go with an Ankar Wat theme? Thats why they call it The World-Wide Web !!! 🙂

        • thailand Reply
          4 years ago

          You get the “Porky’s Night” comment–lights off in Turlington,lights on in Alexander? ala Belushi in the sorority/ladder scene…..
          Bet you did….

          • BobLee Reply
            4 years ago

            Actually I figured it was from “Porky’s” but I do recall Bluto on the ladder.

            • thailand
              4 years ago

              Yeah, Porky’s shower scene….

    • Roger Reply
      4 years ago

      It will be most interesting to see how the other non-athlete students are selected to live in this new Taj Mahal. What kind of favoritism will be shown–and to whom?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        I’m sure NCState will employ the same strategy that Kentucky, Kansas, et al use to get around the 49/51 “rule”. The non-studathl will be managers, trainers, statisticians, maybe even cheerleaders, tutors etc… IOW, members of the NCSU Athletics “family” but not scholly jocks.

    • Doug Reply
      4 years ago

      Yes sir on DP. I used to have lunch with Davide from time to time at RJR. A loyal Wolf Packer. Just saw this announcement just now:

      Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP has formed Womble Carlyle Solutions, a service team that draws people from different practices — government relations/lobbying and political law compliance.

      David Powers, the former vice president for State Government Relations at RAI Services Inc., a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., will lead the team.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        It is a perfect career move for David. Leaving “Big Tobacco” to be “an eeeeevil lobbyist”. Fine Fellow!

    • Doug Reply
      4 years ago

      When a column or commenters use the words to defend their school with phrases like Academic Support Program, student athletes, academic center, privately funded, diversity, indoor practice facilities, equity, level the recruiting playing field, student athlete academic progress, “Educational” Foundation, WPC, Iron Dukes, IPTAY, or just some other buzz words of your choice, I think what can really go wrong with all these adults with nothing but the best interests of their student athletes and their institutions? ROTFLMAO!

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        It’s ALL about Bragging Rights.

        • Doug Reply
          4 years ago

          It’s easy to guess that Frank Grainger cancelled Marty’s vote.

          • BobLee Reply
            4 years ago

            and probably David Powers too. It was 29-3 so Frank & David had plenty of bi-partisan support. Again, Marty’s concern was not “partisan” ALTHOUGH he does live in Greensboro where a certain ACC Commish also lives !!!!!! 🙂

    • OldAlphaWolf Reply
      4 years ago

      For the record, for what’s it’s worth, I’m agin it. Don’t like the concept, don’t like the reasons, don’t like the WPC money going there for it…supposedly agents are swarming around players and the babes can’t protect themselves…

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Uh Oh! 🙂
        .
        My thoughts were where did DT, Monte, Tall Tommy, Lo, Cozell, Guggs, Corch, Rodney, Nate, Thurl et al live while at NCSU. Tucker? Bragaw? College Inn ? Wherever, they managed to get along pretty well.

    • 58wolf kennel Reply
      4 years ago

      BL, you’re missing my point. Don’t have the whole picture but more going on than just building “superfluous bling bling to attract 17 year olds” ( your words). It’s a consolidation of men/women teams on campus within a tight geographic area encompassing the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes under the Provost (housed in the Case Academic Center) as well as the primary eating facility (maintaining Anya control).
      It also honors the Womens’ basketball program under Wes Moore rather than try to throw them under the bus.
      So your concluding comment on what Chancellor Woodson might have said misses the mark on Woodson, Yow, NC State, or humor :+))
      Can’t wait to see your comments on Folt’s extensive interview reported today.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Now THAT is the Kennelian Harumph I was waiting for. This residential think tank will be a launching pad for all the present-day Todd Fullers to hone their awesome academic potential to go forth and save humanity. On behalf of “humanity”, we look forward to their contributions. YEEE HAA!
        .
        Was not aware that Madame Chihuahua was pontificating today. I am certain it will be as inspirational as all of her past pontifications.

    • fayettewuf Reply
      4 years ago

      I was mistaken. There is a thread about the 49% basketball dorm on the first page of the sports message board on Packpride. There were 27 replies when I looked a few minutes ago and some indeed point out where the dissenters were educated. Of course it is a transparent scheme to aid recruiting. What is a chancellor to do though? The Wolfpack Club says we will build a pricey dorm for the school, but you have to sell it to the powers that be.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Again, Marty’s “fans” used his e-address to vent their toxic venom. No sure if it was the sheer volume of toxic vitriol or the level of extreme toxicity that so impressed him. Plus, his questioning the abnormal expenditure is his trademark regardless of which campus is involved. A BOGer who actually asks questions is quite rare within that notorious body. They are usually more concerned with adjourning in time to make their tee times. Marty does not play golf nor follow sports with a passion.

        • fayettewuf Reply
          4 years ago

          Got that you were not claiming a massive lynch mob was rope shopping. His concern sounds legitimate as far as the cost. But if it was not coming out of the funds that the BOG oversees, why vote against it? If it was a principal vote against the escalation of the facilities wars, okay. You said that he opposed the Blue Zone expansion?

          • BobLee Reply
            4 years ago

            He was not on the BOG at that time (Blue Zone). He is not a “sports fan” at all…. nor a “jock-hater”. He is a guy who zeros in on all significant expenditures regardless. The UNC BOG has a history of rubber-stamping large spending proposals because members are rarely given “the facts” in a timely fashion to formulate an opinion. I have no clue why a WPC program requires BOG approval.

    • 58wolf kennel Reply
      4 years ago

      Was not at BOG meeting to hear presentation or questions/answers. Don’t know project details which are only now going to be studied. I like the concept for both Men’s/Women’s teams plus mixed use.
      Great location, however, next to Case Academic Center and may even be enjoined.
      That’s also where all students eat, and the Dail offices/ practice facilities are close as well as Reynolds offices/practice facilities.
      Cost seems a little high but is a limit and could even include some fix-up work on Case.
      I had been in previous BOG meetings years ago when Carolina alumni asked questions why NC State needed a golf course or hotel/conference center on Centennial Campus even though no state money going into it.
      The real issue is that NC State Is doing everything well with outstanding leadership across the board and is already becoming recognized as the defacto flagship university :+))

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        No argument from me on transferring the mythical “Flagship” banner from UNCCH to NCSU. Dispatch a SEAL team of Wuffs ASAP to obtain the banner.
        .
        To your point on prior BOGs who questioned NCSU projects…. prior to the last 3-5 years, every BOG overflowed with rabid Franklin Street partisans (all of whom were on BFF basis with Bev Perdue, Marc Basnight, Tony Rand, Joe Hackney et al.) The current BOG is considerably more “diverse” although NOT as diverse as I wish it were. The current BOG members are BFFs with “the other side of the aisle on Jones Street”. Marty has assumed the title of Official BOG Questioner of ALL Expenses, not just ones involving NCSU. His popularity among his fellow BOGers has suffered as a result. 🙂
        .
        I would have applauded TeamRandy if they had simply said “we need this superfluous bling bling to compete for our fair share of semi-literate 17 y/os hoopsters”.

    • TheCowdog Reply
      4 years ago

      BL:
      “He is as far from…UNC sympathizer…”

      OK. Marty needs grow a bigger pair, then. Maybe he’s the Huckleberry to step up in TRBK’s search of the “voice.”

      Are BOG members unable to speak opinion on matters other than why my WPC dollar should not be used to build new housing for 49/51 of the NCSU student populace?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Your assumptions re: Marty are still off. He has voiced a number of opinions re: BOG actions / inactions and incurred the wrath of fellow BOGers for doing so. He would ask the same questions if this was coming from Roy. His UNC degree is about like mine … it had to be from somewhere. He was opposed to the Blue Zone silliness too.
        .
        Marty doesn’t fit the stereotype you want to put him in… Since this is a WPC project, I’m not sure why NCSU even needed BOG approval. His NO vote did not slow down / stop anything.

    • Richard Reply
      4 years ago

      It is astounding to me that only three BOG members (Kotis, Webb, and Goolsby) had the good sense to vote against this nonsense. Have we learned nothing from the UNC scandal? Once again, the tail is wagging the dog and athletics trumps education. This current BOG continues to embarrass themselves and the legislature which appointed them.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Much of the problem with the current BOG lies in the dictatorial incompetence of Chairman John “Trainwreck” Fennebresque and the several members of the NC Senate who “sponsor” him.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      4 years ago

      WOW…..news travels fast. I even heard the explosion after the BOG vote out here in Yellowstone NP. Make Old Faithful look like a pygmy we-weeing while laying on his back.

      And the response, was, as expected.

      Technically, this is NOT the first All Jock Dorm. Berry (of Berry, Beckton and Bagwell fame) was the first.

      It was ruled by the PA Jocks that played for EE. The pecking order was a little fuzzy, but Pete Falzorano (SP?) and Chucky-the-CHEST were two of the “semi-elected” rulers of the basement and the 1st floor.

      It was NOT a pure Jock (no Jockettes back then) Dorm. SOME of us EE’s were allowed to habitate there. They were a bit rowdy….but as long as you were pleasant to them (the Jocks) and did not squeal to the “residence police”, we all got along well.

      SO, tell me again about some hostel in UNC land….Granville Towers? Something about DES was involved in it and it had a pool and prophylactic dispensers in all the bathrooms.

      Sidebar, Whilst visiting the Mormon Complex and getting a tour (Hello, what is your name? Where are you from? Would you like some reading material?), I noticed that one of our tour members had a light blue hat and a UNC logo on it. He was from Wilmington. We kidded about TGU and his wife said that she hoped it did not hurt recruiting as she enjoyed the trips to all the home games.

      SO, we Wuffies and Ramses, are allowed out of NC….

      Good column…..have fun…..we are.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        In my day (late 60s) FB had a wing of Ehringhaus with rooms no different than the general population. MBB was at Avery, also in standard rooms. DES did move his MBB to Granville Towers in the 70s. No idea if their rooms were any different from any others.

        • Doug Reply
          4 years ago

          The rooms were virtually the same. Have a Kinston buddy that in the 70’s was suite mate’s with a couple of players, including a mutiple year All-America currently GM of the Lakers. Hint, hint. There was nothing special about Granville except there was maybe a little more space than a regular dorm room. I was on the elevator a few times with Geoff Crompton. He of Shaq sized body. Biggest man I’ve ever seen up close and personal.

          This arms race looks to me like mutually assured destruction at the collegiate level.

          • BobLee Reply
            4 years ago

            I think I recall hearing the beds were a bit longer in Mitch / Geoff’s rooms. As long as the Fat Cats pockets have no bottom, the arms race will continue.

    • TheCowdog Reply
      4 years ago

      Good piece, BL…good piece.

      Do you know how she/he might have cast the vote 6 years ago, say…UNCCH needed a little bit more? Would Marty be so naive at that time?

      I think we both know the answer. Besides. Where is his voice on , ya know., TGU? Hands tied by new “rules?”

      If someone is on his ass…so be it . Hopefully, not in the form of threat, that is.

      Tell him to unpussyfie hisself.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Marty is very non-partisan in his opinions re: the importance of sports in the UNC system. He has been very aggressive in seeking full exposure re: TGU and has drawn fire from UNC loonies for his POV. He is as far from being the typical UNCCH self-righteous apologist / sympathizer as anyone could be.

    • wolfdon Reply
      4 years ago

      But..But..But…..there will be more academic students than jocks in the dorm, doesn’t that make it an academic scandal, er, endeavor? Where have i heard that before…….

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        The whole thing smells like “a Scheme” to me. 🙂

    • fayettewuf Reply
      4 years ago

      The butt roasting is news to me. Honestly I do not religiously read the Packpride sports message board, so I am not as well informed as you. So to see a thread about the uproar about Kotis’ dissention, I clicked and skimmed the first page thread titles. There is the ever present Scandal thread, one about the late Frank Gifford, a couple about recruit who signed, another probably about UNC but did not see a word about a dissenting vote on the Jock Dorm. Is the mouth frothing on the Rivals site? It seems to have escaped Packpride’s attention or did not hold it long.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        The attacks were directly to Marty’s email address posted on the UNCBOG website. It may well have been from an aberrant strain of lunatics not found on PPride. I doubt Marty would even know where to find PPride or InsCarolina. Lucky guy, huh!

    • Allen W. Smothers Reply
      4 years ago

      More brilliance from Ol’ BobLee… Thug-aletes, board monkees & fat cat cabals… Isn’t that all that college athletic departments care about these days!?! What I’m SHOCKED by is “your friend Marty” is SHOCKED by all this… Doesn’t she understand that its all those board-monkees and sychophant true-blues have to live for???

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Marty (he), fortunately, lives in the real world where such foolishness does not abound.

        • Allen W. Smothers Reply
          4 years ago

          oops, Sorry Marty! Wish they all lived in that world!!

          • BobLee Reply
            4 years ago

            It takes all kinds…. 🙂

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