Ghost of scandal haunts UNC
Posted September 5, 2013
Updated September 6, 2013
Greg Little is scheduled to start at a wide-out position for Cleveland against Miami when the Browns start their NFL season Sunday.
Marvin Austin, cut Tuesday by the New York Giants, is looking for an NFL job again.
Butch Davis, working as a special assistant to head coach Greg Schiano, will be with the Tampa Bay Bucs in their opener against the New York Jets.
Two full seasons have passed since Davis last coached a game at North Carolina. Three seasons have passed since Little and Austin played for the Tar Heels. But still their residue on the program will haunt Kenan Stadium like a poltergeist cluster when Carolina opens its 2103 home schedule Saturday against Middle Tennessee.
Thanks to Thursday’s revelations that Little and Austin were receiving thousands of dollars in illegal payments from Georgia-based sports agent Terry Watson in 2010, yet another UNC season has been launched against the backdrop of a maddening experience that somehow seems to reverberate endlessly.
Second-year coach Larry Fedora spent much of his first season on campus talking about leaving it all behind and proclaimed it a dead issue at times during this off-season. But as Thursday’s news proved, nightmares can have a way of lingering.
ACC needs assist from UGa
In the sense that football wins can work along the same line of the international monetary exchange, the ACC needs for Georgia to defeat South Carolina Saturday in Athens.
Otherwise, Clemson’s stirring 38-35 win over Georgia last weekend instantly would lose some of its gloss and even more of its transient value.
That would particularly be the case if the Gamecocks go between the hedges and leave with a convincing double-digit win.
An ACC best-case weekend would include a Georgia win, a Brigham Young (loser to Virginia last weekend) win over Texas and, of course, upset wins by the Cavaliers over Oregon and Syracuse over Northwestern, combined with a Miami win over Florida.
Sad week for Butler fans
This item is more basketball-centric than football, but maybe the most lovable mascot in all of college athletics passed away when Butler’s Blue II, age 9, died last weekend.
With his super-sized chew bone, the frisky English bulldog became a national television star during the 2010 Final Four.
His successor, Blue III (“Trip”), has some big paw pads to fill.