Tar Heel Bred Tar Heel Dead

You’ve probably read at least a summary of the findings by Kenneth Wainstein after a multi-month investigation, but if not, here you go.

There doesn’t seem to be all that much new here. The mechanics of the fraud are a bit more clear now, and some new names (at least to me) have been added to the record. But the whole scandal still seems pretty straightforward. The head of the AFAM department allowed easy classes and independent study courses to be created in order to help those students that might struggle otherwise. In some cases, academic advisers helped steer athletes to these courses.

Here are a few more relevant tidbits.

Wainstein and his team of lawyers did not find any evidence that coaches or other athletic officials hatched the scheme, nor did they find any kind of financial incentive. But they concluded that pressure from the tutoring program in the early 1990s prompted Crowder to create the classes.

Then there’s also this:
But word got out about the classes and eventually hundreds of fraternity members, and some sorority members, were lining up for them.
As for the rationale behind all this…
Nyang’oro said he allowed Crowder to create the classes, and later created some after she retired, because he also thought student athletes were in a difficult position. He said early in his career he had seen what had happened to two athletes who flunked out: One was murdered in his rural hometown; the other ended up in jail.
So here’s hoping this report puts an end to this whole mess. The report also mentions that Roy Williams wondered whether it was OK for Rashad McCants to be taking so many independent study classes. After he made that comment, the practice was tightened somewhat.
The report also seems to suggest that the practice was confined to the AFAM department under a couple people. What happened to that independent study class on submarines are whatever Tyler Hansbrough was supposedly taking?


UNC #6 in preseason poll

October 16, 2014

The USA Today/Coaches Poll has the Heels just outside the top 5. Kentucky grabs the top spot, a team UNC will play this season. Other Carolina opponents in the top 10 alone include Duke, Louisville and UVA. The Heels could potentially match up against #4 Wisconsin. It might be easier to just list the top teams UNC won’t be playing.

This video was passed along by listener Ben. Pretty funny stuff, and much credit to the Carolina fan shown here. This takes guts!

After the summer break, we’re back to run down the few Tar Heel tidbits that made news over the last couple months. We’ve also got a look at the just-released schedule. Kentucky? Duke? Louisville? How bad is it for Carolina?

And in Dook Sucks, we shine the spotlight on the most unlikely member of Team USA – a guy who doesn’t even start on his own team. Whuh?

Don’t be a lazy-ass. Email us at thbthd@gmail.com


Schedule released!

August 27, 2014

Yep, it’s that time again. The schedule for the upcoming season has been released. As was the case with the past few years, it looks like a beast. And that’s mostly because of how stacked the ACC is. Louisville. Syracuse. Dook. Pittsburgh. Which is not to say the pre-conference schedule will be easy. It won’t. There’s yet another game against Kentucky in there. But at least UNC won’t be facing the top team in the Big 10/ACC challenge this year. We get Iowa.
You can view the complete schedule here.

THBTHD caption contest!

July 8, 2014

Be careful before you gaze upon the photo below. What’s seen can never be unseen. Apparently Jay Williams and Justin Bieber are hanging out together. On a private plane. The levels of douchiness in this one image boggles the mind.
So hit the comments section or email us at thbthd@gmail.com and write your best caption. Winner gets to pick the “Duke Sucks” segment for an upcoming podcast.

Hairston mug shotC’mon, PJ. We want to give you benefit of the doubt. We really do. We were ready to chalk up all your problems at Carolina to youthful indiscretions, running with a bad crowd, etc. We thought after you’d been kicked off the team and been forced to play in the D League, you’d learned your lesson. You certainly sounded remorseful in interviews. You said all the right things, talked about making mistakes and not wanting let your team down in the future. And then draft night came, and Charlotte took you in the first round. It seemed you were well on your way to a decent NBA career, free from the distractions that have dogged you in the past.
And then this happened.
You were charged with assault after allegedly punching a 17-year-old during a pick-up game at the Durham YMCA.
Oh, but there’s more. In a weird twist, Browns receiver Josh Gordon was arrested for a DUI in North Carolina over the weekend. When the cops checked the registration, they found that the 2015 Yukon he was driving was owned by Hairston. And worst of all, guess who bailed Gordon out of jail.
Go ahead, guess.
Our old buddy Haydn “Fats” Thomas, the felon who was linked to illegal rental cars provided to Hairston and Leslie McDonald. The guy who did a helluva lot to derail the Tar Heels’ season last year. It sure seems like Hairston is still pretty tight with Thomas. And also that Hairston isn’t exactly choosing his other friends very well, either. Gordon has failed multiple drug tests and been suspended for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
PJ, we really want to root for you. We want to see you do well in the pros. But this might be it. You’re making it really difficult to pull for you anymore.

If you haven’t seen it, Chris Rock had a pretty funny monologue opening the BET Awards last night. He took shots at Solange, Kevin Hart and — of course — Clippers owner Donald Sterling. In that vein, he got a couple funny digs in at a couple Dook players. Check it out.

Draft night surprises

June 27, 2014

JamesMichaelMcAdooBeardSo P.J. Hairston ended up going about when everyone thought he would. He was chosen 26th by Miami then traded to Charlotte. This seems like a mixed blessing. On one hand, Charlotte is a bit of a black hole for players, and it’s unclear if they’re EVER going to be in contention for a title, no matter how many picks they get, how many trades they make. They’ve got a lot of decent supporting players, but they still lack that superstar that could put them over the top.

Hairston might have done better on a team like Miami, if the Big 3 stick around. He could come off the bench, produce some instant offense, then sit back down. In Charlotte, he’s probably going to be depended on to do a bit more. And will he get better there? The culture at Miami, with LeBron, is probably much more about working hard and winning. Who’s the person at the Hornets who’s going to really push P.J., mentor him — and make sure he doesn’t screw up again? (Let’s hope it’s not Gerald “Elbow” Henderson.) Maybe it’ll be Michael Jordan. But so far, Jordan hasn’t exactly proven that he can establish a winning culture.

Still, well done by Hairston. He’s gotta be happy with this result after he seemingly teetered on the edge last year of having his entire basketball career destroyed.

And now to James Michael McAdoo. What the hell happened there? It has to be a shock to a lot of people that he wasn’t drafted at all. Most projections had him in the mid to late second round, yes, but to be not be taken at all? Not sure many saw that coming. I’m assuming this includes Roy Williams. What did he discover when he started making calls to NBA GMs in preparation for McAdoo deciding to leave school? Or maybe McAdoo was told he might not be drafted and decided to leave anyway.

Man, you gotta feel bad for the guy. Had he come out after his freshman year, he might have been a first round pick. Maybe even a top 10 one. And now? He’s probably going to end up playing overseas. Sad for him, but the blunt truth is, besides his athleticism, he didn’t really have any NBA-caliber attributes. He was too small to be a true forward, his jump shot needed work, his foul shooting was suspect and he had trouble finishing around the basket. But here’s hoping he one day makes it into the NBA after a few years overseas, as lots of players have.


It’s hard to say. The mock drafts online are all over the place, and both players have worked out for several team. Consensus seems to be that Hairston will probably be a late first rounder and McAdoo an early second rounder. The Knicks were reportedly looking to acquire picks in an effort to grab Hairston and just last night appear to have executed a trade with Dallas to get a couple. Memphis is also reportedly interested in Hairston at #22. We’ll see what happens.

Here’s an interesting scouting report on both guys.


—Scouts love: There’s no denying Hairston’s shooting ability, which UNC rode to the 2013 NCAA tournament. Even during his freshman season, when he struggled to shoot well, it was clear he had NBA range. He showed significant improvement between his freshman and sophomore seasons and became one of the best scorers in the ACC.

—Scouts loathe: Hairston’s off-the-court issues have created doubts about his character; he undoubtedly has had to answer a lot of questions about his decisions that cost him his college eligibility. On the court, there’s not an aspect of his game that jumps out aside from his shooting and scoring. He has the ability to be a capable rebounder and defender.


—Scouts love: Physically, there’s not much to dislike. McAdoo has quick feet and hands. Though he’s a bit on the small size for an NBA power forward, he’s strong and in excellent condition. He can defend the perimeter and interior, and he’s disruptive in the passing lanes. Offensively, he excels in transition and runs the floor well.

—Scouts loathe: McAdoo never quite seemed to find his niche in UNC’s half-court offense. He seemed to avoid contact down low on offense, and at times he struggled to finish plays at the basket. He was prone to disappearing for long stretches offensively, though he was more assertive during his junior season.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/06/26/3531909/nba-draft-where-will-parker-hood.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/06/26/3531909/nba-draft-where-will-parker-hood.html#storylink=cpy
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