What was that loud noise heard all over the state of North Carolina heard at several times on Wednesday? It was Tar Heel nation doing its best Nancy Kerrigan impression. Fans let out the collective “WHYYYYYYYYYYYY” at various times throughout the day, depending on when they turned on SportsCenter or got on the internet.
The more important question is, “Why now?” The answer lies in Columbus, Ohio and is a Chumbawamba song. Tubthumping? No. Scapegoat.
About a week before UNC cut ties with Davis using $3 million scissors, the NCAA notified Ohio State that it will not face charges of failing to appropriately monitor its football team. The NCAA ruled that former football coach, Jim Tressel, was the only university official aware of violations by Buckeye players.
Chancellor Holden Thorp said in a statement the reason for firing Davis now was that he “lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people of this institution.” Translated, he means they cannot come through this without punishing someone in some way.
There’s only one problem. When Tressel found out that his players were committing violations, he lied about it. Davis, on the other hand, has done nothing wrong. As far as I know, as far as you know, and as far as Dick Baddour knows. That’s why the athletic director did the right thing by stepping down.
Everyone, including Thorp, realizes this is a horrible time do this. Because no new information about the investigation has come out, it’s obvious this was a cowardly act to cower to the hypocritical, but oh-so-powerful NCAA.
Just because I understand the motives for this move doesn’t mean I have to respect them.