UNC TLGU-2.0 …. Here We Go Again!

    Sylvia Mess
    BobLee
    April20/ 2019

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    UNC TLGU-2.0 …. Here We Go Again!

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    BEFORE WE BEGIN… Of course we need to discuss “The (Latest) Great Unpleasantness” – TGU 2.0 – to befall Ye Olde Flagship… and we will.  I will explain (1) what you should think about what all is happening “over yonder”… and (2) what you WILL think regardless of what I suggest you think… depending upon which  partisan tribe you hold lifetime membership in.  But, so long as I stake out the “I Told You So” ground, thats all that matters. …

    I think I’ve met Sylvia Hatchell once – 5-6 years ago.  It was very brief and we were both significantly un-impressed with one another.  Hey, it happens.  If that was it… I would simply rear back and “nuke” her over recent events.  But there is more to it…

    Sylvia Hatchell and I share a very dear mutual friend.  He reads every BLSays column and will surely read this one.  He is grieving for his close friend Sylvia Hatchell… despite my warning him two weeks ago that this “is going to end badly for your friend…”.

    Out of respect for him, I’m gonna pull my punches a bit.   

    Also… I’ve never hid my friendship with UNC AD Bubba Cunningham.  We chatted briefly a week ago but nothing specific about “this inglorious mess” other than my saying when the smoke clears – whenever that is – I am curious if my observations were correct.

    Yes, I do wish “Chancellor Chihuahua” was still around for this one.  She could be counted on for some inane ditzy comments.

    And… the always highly-opinionated “Debbie Don’t Do Lunch” Stroman !  “Debbie DDL” is/was Debbie Stromanvery involved with UNC WBB and is a self-anointed authority on all things “racial”… Debbie DDL might be “conflicted” about all this… ?

    For The Record… I thought (and am on record doing so) that Sylvia Hatchell shoulda retired somewhere in the time continuum of TGU 1.0 – The Jan Boxill Mess … and her (SH) bout with Leukemia. She chose not to (retire)… and So, Here We Are…

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    It appears that “The Dan Kane” of this Latest Great UNC Unpleasantness is a Washington Post reporter named Will Hobson.  His detailed account of…who all said what all about whatever was said to whoever about what did… did not… and maybe did / did not happen seems to be the Official  “according to…” that everyone will use to draw their own highly partisan conclusions.

    Do I have confidence in Mr Hobson’s journalistic integrity?  Well… surely SOMEBODY at WaPo can be trusted… maybe this is “the one guy”? … or maybe not!

    According to WaPo’s Will Hobson … LINK

    NOTE: This was quite a week for everyone reading the same accounts; but drawing quite different conclusions that fit pre-conceived agendas … wasn’t it?  Sports mirrors Politics mirrors Sports …. and, in the end no one’s minds are ever changed. … sigh!

    At least this one wasn’t 400 pages long…

    The two central issues are (1) racially insensitive comments and… (2) callous disregard for the health and safety of “student-athletes” by UNC Womens’ Basketball staff.

    Apparently the Parker Poe people did NOT learn that Sylvia served watermelon & fried chicken at the team picnic !!!  YIKES!

    My personal bone-deep disinterest in “Girls’ Basketball” is legendary.  I have no clue regarding the legitimacy of either issue.

    Even “a good ol’ country gal from Gaston County” has to be savvy enough not to say “noose”… “lynch” … or any synonym for “hanging” to any group of African-Americans circa America 2019.

    Of course, we could say the same “oughta be savvy enough” about a sitting Vice President of These United States sniffing womens’ and girls’ hair and necks at official functions too.

    We have ample proof of the latter but only 2nd 3rd hand accounts of the former.

    Whether you choose to give a pass, or not, to either Sylvia or Joe goes back to those gosh-darned pre-conceived agendas.   Ain’t it funny how it always seems to get back to “agendas”?

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    NOTE:  I’m pretty sure THIS is the ONLY commentary on UNC’s TGU 2.0 that will compare Sylvia Hatchell and Joe Biden.  But, hey, that’s why you come here… right?

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    At $400,000/ year… a high profile Hall of Fame coach should be proficiently aware of what she says and to whom she says it.  We could also say that about Ol’ Roy ($3,000,000/year) too I suppose; but today we oughta stick with Sylvia. …. Oh, yeah, Larry WhatsHisName’s goofball comments about Football and concussions were not exactly $2,000,000/year quality either.

    NOTE:  Speaking of what one should expect for the $$$$… Sylvia’s attorney in this mess is the quite Wade Smithrenown Wade Smith (UNCCH alum).  Wade Smith is arguably one of the most “famous” attorneys in this area… and has advised other UNC staffers in the past… but NOT “The Butcher of Kenan”.   It is my understanding that Wade Smith’s going rate is $500/hour.

    Wade Smith’s official quote so far has been the tritest of all trite quotes in any matter involving “race” …. The Bone Quote! .

    Aaaaiiieeeee!   No Wade No… NOT The Bone Quote!

    “Sylvia Hatchell doesn’t have a racist bone in her body…”

    The Racist Bone Quote is on a short list with “It Is What It Is” and “It’s Not The Heat It’s The Humidity” in the Trite Quote Hall of Fame.

    Sylvia coulda called Legal Zoom and gotten The Bone Quote for about $45.

    Using The Bone Quote in a race issue is like a mobster “taking the 5th”.  It’s a groaner…  At least Wade avoided (so far)… “why, some of Sylvia’s best friends are black…”.

    If Sylvia was going to employ a “lynching” reference she might has well have had Assistant Coach Andrew Calder dress up like “Silent Sam” and REALLY Freak-out 99.9% of the terminally PC population of Greater Chapelboro.

    Again… I have no clue what was said… or what was reported to “anonymous parents” of the traumatized student-athletes.   If you weren’t there you don’t “know” either and will believe whatever version fits YOUR agenda.  All God’s chillen got “agendas”.

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    To the matter of:  The Health & Safety of Student-Athletes….

    THIS is the potentially VERY Big $$$$ Kaboom ... as in law suits filed by a gaggle of angry anonymous parents for the permanent “hitch in the get-alongs of their daughters” due to Sylvia’s putting Winning above Student-Athlete Wellbeing.

    The Cardinal Rule in Lawsuits is “find the deepest pockets” and that would be UNC / UNC Hospitals / and whichever doctors can be linked in somehow.

    UNC’s Infamous Legal War Chest employed so successfully during TGU One might be tapped again for TGU 2.0.  Ya think?

    I’m not sure how that tricky In Loco Parentis Thingy works but I am sure that those aforementioned “anonymous angry parents” are hearing from LOTS of eager barristers well-versed in digging into really deep pockets.

    If my daughter was so callously mistreated I suspect I would be considering such recourse.  Wouldn’t you?

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    I did read one on-line comment from a quite overly-caffeinated NOT Carolina Fan that…

    THIS (Latest TGU) PROVES that the entire University of The People Just South of Franklin Street MUST BE bulldozed to smithereens and the very grounds “salted” so no further scandals can emerge.  

    I assume he/she also expects Those Infamous Banners to come down too… of course.  It’s ALWAYS about those banners.

    I’m pretty sure “bulldozing to smithereens” or “grounds salted” is NOT gonna happen.

    I’m also sure THIS won’t be the last column on THIS I’m probably going to post …

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    A Lot More BobLeeSays Columns … LINK

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    BobLee
    • DM Carpenter Reply
      3 months ago

      Tickled to see another denizen of Catawba County here. (NCSU68grad).
      Should you find yourself up this way, on a Saturday morning, the three of us should meet at Butcher Boy’s (aka “The Grill) in Sherrills Ford, and solve all the problems (whilst grazing upon a fine breakfast buffet).

      I did enjoy the Carthage (in North Africa, not Moore County) reference.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        “salting fields” is very effective in destabilizing one’s enemies.

    • Wolfdon Reply
      3 months ago

      You have remarked about your friendship with Bubba several times , what do you think of his job performance.?

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Bubba Cunningham is – IMO – the first truly “professional” AD that UNC has had since Homer Rice in the late 70s. He is an “infrastructure-oriented” executive manager. Much of what he has accomplished thus far is unseen by both Tru-Blues and certainly by ABCers. He inherited a Gawd-awful trainwreck – worse than he imagined. Because he is NOT “caught up” in the whole hated-rivalry crap he goes about his job as a corporate executive manager following a plan.
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        The Great Unwashed grade any AD by FB and MBB success during his “watch” so that will be BC’s legacy regardless. That same Great Unwashed will never get over his “funny name”.
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        Bubba is MUCH Better than UNCCH deserves… as I constantly remind him.

    • Doug Reply
      3 months ago

      BG1 & BobLee. Is that Jan Boxill or Brezhnev’s little sister in the 94 reunion photo?

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Did Brezhnev’s sister have a mustache? Has to be “THE most ethical person in recorded history”? Or, as Wade Smith might say… “Jan Boxill does not have an unethical bone in her body”!

    • BG1 Reply
      3 months ago

      I know that millennials (and their parents) are a different breed…but it does seem odd that nothing like this has ever surfaced about Sylvia in the past. Has it always been covered up by the PTB’s? We’ll never know the exact details, but at a minimum there were poor decisions made by someone on their professional ninth life.

      One other poor decision she made…and I’m surprised it did not get picked up here…was the attendee list around the ‘94 women’s national championship celebration. Go back and view Bubba’s tweet and picture on Feb 17 for this event. Look in the bottom right corner and see who’s still hanging around the program.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Whatever SH actually did / did not do – IMO – she is not “a bad person” but rather failed to adapt to socio-cultural changes in our society. Not the first or last victim of that circumstance …. sigh.

    • Former96Heel Reply
      3 months ago

      I find the real offense here is that somehow Carmichael went through some expensive overhaul right in the middle of what the rest of non-academic America called ‘The Great Recession’. WBB could easily have played on the far court at Woolen, and barely distracted the PE classes and pickup games. I guess a similar story can be told over at Reynolds. That so much can be spent, either from public or private funds, on these renovations tells me that the university system in total does not need any more of my dollars, voluntarily donated or otherwise.
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      Never assume anyone from Gaston County should know better. We likely don’t. It’s a byproduct of being weened on Sundrop.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        It’s a Title 9 thing …. LUV the Sundrop line !!!

    • Old Alpha Wolf Reply
      3 months ago

      One of your best, a coffee spewer, knee slapper in every paragraph….Had to clean off my screen…

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        I had exceptional material to work with!

    • ENC1 Reply
      3 months ago

      Hate it for any coach but it is becoming the new “my coach will not give me a chance” athletic society of today. My child “played on the travel team in town” parents reason. Of course they did pay for them to be on that team. I could write a book on the negatives of travel ball for all sports.

      Kids are soft today plain and simple I will debate that with anyone. In HS I went home asked my dad was he sure my true initials were not DA because my coach referred to me as Dumb A&@ serveral times. They just need to listen to their coach and that will be a big plus for them.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        The active involvement of “helicopter parents” in athletics at every level is “ on the rise”. Can’t wait til Nick Saban and Bill Belichek get targeted!!! Of course. Coaches have to avoid doing “stoopid crap” too …

    • Jack.Mathews Reply
      3 months ago

      The Bone Quote… I have always wondered about “racist bones”. Apparently NO ONE has even one !! Is there like a number of “racist bones” that are acceptable in one’s body? Wonder how many that is?

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        With all the current discussion of reparations et al maybe we will find out ???

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      NOTE: I have been contacted by a HIGHLY Credible Senior Representative of UNC’s Sports Medicine Dept of “more than a few” inaccuracies in the WaPo article. That is not to say the essence of the reporting is incorrect… simply “not all that accurate”. That should not surprise anyone…

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      3 months ago

      Jan BOXILL…..
      NOW, being from Catawba county and frequenting Lincoln County and Meckenberg a few times….there are a LOT of Bolick;s there. My Mama be a Bolick.

      As to TGU II. I get it. I got it back during TGU. Sylvia was the DDF (Designated Detainee & Felon) that folks were going to use as the Scapegoat in case the NCAA demanded a human sacrifice.

      Your friend (acquaintence?) Bubba did her no favors in the contract hold out thingie. The IC blog on UNC WBB quotes MANY fans and season ticket holders as stating that they NEVER say ChiChi Chancellor or Bubba at ANY WBB games. There is a LOT of animosity about how a HOF WBB coach was treated. BUT, it is doned and didded….

      I am not privy to the “GET YOUR FANNY ON THE COURT” issues. I WOULD say that if Sylvia was such a B#tch of a coach and an ogre that Rod Bind’Amour would have hired her as a special assistant or Motivational Consultant and we would be seeing her in the “bench box” and in the faces of the lads getting ready to hit the ice….and she would be giving motivational speeches before and during intermissions.

      As to the OTHER little incident….doing a Native American War Hoop. That speaks of hypocricy of the FIRST order….. UNC-CH is supposed to be the gravitational center of the universe for DIVERSITY. Buy the little “minority” BB queens got the undies in a wad when asked to do a CHEER for the MOST discriminated bunch of people since Christ’s disciples? GIVE ME A BREAK.

      I also wonder about the Snowflake status of the folks that supposedly “snitched”. I also guess that I listened to to much country music and also like Toby Keith’s lyrics…..

      Take all the rope in Texas find a tall oak tree,
      Round up all them bad boys hang them high in the street
      For all the people to see…

      Obviously Toby will NOT be Sylvia’s replacement.

      Wade Smith was not Joe Cheshire. Cheshire would have settled with UNC’s Liability insurance for millions with his threat of a Defamination Of Character Lawsuit..

      I guarantee you that the NEXT WBBHC will not have a “mountain” or western Piedmont accent….

      I have NEVER professed any admiration of UNC….but Sylvia Hatchell was probably the ONE coach that I respected the most….and she can now give you details of the undercarriage of the public transportation vehicle that she was pushed under….

      Good insight and Good Column….i certainly appreciate your insight and your sources and was really looking forward to this one….

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Yes re: BOXILL! My apologies to all the Bolicks…
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        There is another side to the Sylvia Contract Thingy that her cadre of FOS don’t know about. And will never know about. She “dived under the bus” as much as being pushed.
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        The term “MANY” fans when discussing UNC WBB needs to be kept in perspective…

    • Ron Zwart Reply
      3 months ago

      My favorite quote and I blew it……..Build a Wall and fill the place up with water……Jesse was a great man

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Not quite Jesse’s quote but everyone knows what you mean … Jesse (actually Jesse’s pal Chubb Sewell) said “NC does not need “another zoo”. “Just build a fence around Chapel Hill.”
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        As true today as it was in the 60s when Jesse / Chubb said it.

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