banner
Erin Summers

Sympathy for Austin

Posted July 14, 2011
Updated July 15, 2011

Junior defensive tackle Marvin Austin walks towards Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC where the UNC Tar Heels will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers. (Photo by: Will Bratton)

I’m going to be honest and raw; I’m going to open myself up for full fledged bashing. Call me a homer, or any name you like for that matter, but I’m going to say it.

I sympathize with Marvin Austin.

I’m sure you’ve seen the tweets that surfaced over night after the conclusion of the Michael McAdoo hearing Wednesday.

Austin doesn’t think it’s fair that McAdoo is suffering a greater punishment than other players who violated NCAA or university bylaws have had to. He feels that the university wronged the players in their advisement throughout the investigation process.

I’m not going to say one side is right or wrong but I will say I feel for Austin, and all the players who have been involved in the NCAA and university investigation into the UNC football program.

Maybe you know by now, maybe you don’t, but yes I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and when I started working here I was ecstatic to cover the local schools that I grew up watching.

Of course I want to see UNC succeed but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see the other schools do the same, I’ve always been one to pull for the success of the conference as a whole. (Of course when UNC and Duke meet on the hardwood my true colors may shine through a tad but I’d never let that effect how I cover the event.)

So when I was faced with covering the investigation, I looked at it like it was – my job. It has been my job to report on the investigation and I have, much to like or dislike of NC State and Tar Heel fans alike.

It’s not been my favorite thing to cover, as I’m sure it wouldn’t be yours.

And so I sympathize with Austin. I may not have played a sport at Carolina or represented the school on the field but I still earned my degree there and I love that university.

As Austin says he does and the other players do despite everything that has happened over the past year.

Austin, McAdoo, Greg Little, Robert Quinn, Kendric Burney, any player that had to sit out or any player that didn’t has been through the gamut with this investigation. And whether it was entirely self-induced or not, I couldn’t imagine having to go through something like that.

These guys are young, they are vulnerable, and honestly they really may not have known everything that they were doing was right or wrong.

How many times have people said ‘this happens everywhere’ or ‘if someone buys you a drink do you ask where it came from’?

It’s got to be a lot to handle to be that high-profile of an athlete, to have temptations coming at you at every moment, and you have to trust someone or you wouldn’t make it out alive.

So they trusted their teammates, their coaches and their university leaders. And I don’t think for a moment Austin intended to bring down an entire football season with his actions.

So I feel for Austin, the other UNC football players, and I feel for the university and the fans. It’s been a tough year for everyone associated with the Carolina name.

My hope is that at some point when all the air has been cleared, be it Oct. 28 or not, that these players can go on and still love the university that they attended, and that some good can come out of this mess.

271 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Packman24 Jul 29, 2011

    I will never read anything else written by Erin Summers!! It's all BS!!

  • Packman24 Jul 29, 2011

    View quoted thread

    Yeah Right!!!

  • Packman24 Jul 29, 2011

    View quoted thread

    Seems like you have two big issues that you need to correct in your life. Go Pack!!!

  • VT1994Hokie Jul 21, 2011

    I wrote one when this first came out. Erin. You did it. Great numbers.

  • QC Jul 21, 2011

    http://www.chapelboro.com/Why-I-Support-Butch-Davis�---and-the-Right-to-Other-Opinions/10391214?pid=55747

  • WufSkins Jul 19, 2011

    Shame on wral for moving it from the area on the page where nobody bothers to click on to front and center. A total grab for ad money. Yet, we all took the bait so easy. So... who cares, they'll get their ad money regardless, but at least we know them for the suckups they are. Journalism at its best! Feel sorry for a future millionare? How bout the kids that can't afford college or those that are denied every yr at such a great school like Carolina. Those are the ones that you should feel sorry for. Lucky for you that you're a white female that came from a well off family in NC. How bout those out of state guys that had better entrance scores than you that were denied? Perspective Erin.

  • NCSU84 Jul 18, 2011

    I figure this blog story would be locked by now. Nothing new to discuss.

  • robster Jul 18, 2011

    Why sympathize with Marvin Austin? Once the lockout ends, he's a millionaire, right? Didn't he sign with the Giants? Or, am I missing something here?

  • GC Jul 17, 2011

    View quoted thread



    If this were really about one rogue coach and some bad apple players and UNC got rid of them and admitted it then fine. But they have continued to vociferously back Butch Davis who orchestrated this enviroment and their athletic director, chancellor and board of governors have been all to willing to go along.

    This isn't any longer about a few bad apples as you called them. This is about a school who thinks it is above NCAA regulations and refuses to admit that internally it accepts academic fraud by its so called student athletes. Even today's article in the N&O quotes a UNC faculty member as feeling intimidated by the athletic department to avoid reporting academic cheating by UNC athletes.
    That is one of your own admitting that the athletic department cares nothing about academics. They only care about the facade of academic integrity without actually practicing it.

    Your comments are based on your wishes and not on what has happened and is happening in Chapel Hill.

  • GC Jul 17, 2011

    [quote=9866336]Post by forautumn[/quote

    Actually forautumn everything you have said here is not backed up either.
    Just more typical head in the sand stuff which is becoming common place among the UNC apologists here.

More...

 

 

  • PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL: RailHawks at Jacksonville

    Saturday at 7:30 pm on WRAL-2

  • PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Bulls vs. Rochester

    Today at 12:50 pm on Buzz Sports Radio

  • NBA: Houston at Golden State

    Tonight at 9:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • MiLB: Bulls vs. Syracuse

    Friday at 6:50 pm on Buzz Sports Radio

  • NBA: Golden State at Houston

    Friday at 9:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
ROC 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Today
ROC
DUR
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
HOU 4
BAL 1
Final
KAN 1
NYY 5
Final
MIA 1
PIT 5
Final
WAS 2
CHC 3
Final
CWS 9
TOR 10
Final
COL 1
CIN 2
Final
PHI 4
NYM 5
Final
SEA 7
TAM 6
Final
TEX 4
CLE 3
Final
BOS 1
MIN 2
Final
SFG 6
MIL 3
Final
ARI 4
STL 6
Final
DET 1
OAK 0
Final
SDP 4
ANA 0
Final
ATL 0
LOS 8
12:10pm Today
TEX
CLE
 
12:35pm Today
COL
CIN
 
12:35pm Today
MIA
PIT
 
12:37pm Today
CWS
TOR
 
1:05pm Today
KAN
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
BOS
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
PHI
NYM
 
1:10pm Today
SEA
TAM
 
1:40pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
3:35pm Today
DET
OAK
 
4:35pm Today
HOU
BAL
 
8:05pm Tonight
WAS
CHC
 
8:15pm Tonight
ARI
STL
 
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
 
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
 
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
Final
ATL 88
CLE 118
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
GSW
 
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
Final
NYR 7
TAM 3
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI
 
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 1
DUR 2
 
1:05pm Today
ROC
DUR
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR