Let me be frank right up front: I have been a
But even a blue blood like me cannot ignore all the problems that have come out of
Let's look at the most recent first. Shooting guard
The arresting officer said Gordon seemed very intoxicated, but he blew only .09 on the breathalyzer, which is barely above the legal limit of .08, which would seem to indicate that Gordon was on more than just alcohol. Gordon was kicked off two college football teams for failing drug tests and missed two games last season due to suspension for drug use.
And this is the person to whom Hairston loans his car overnight. Gordon was caught speeding 50 in a 35 mph zone at
And who bails this offender out of jail? Why the same Haydn "Fats" Thomas who helped get Hairston suspended from the
Thomas, a convicted felon, rented cars in his name for Hairston to drive. These types of impermissible benefits cost Hairston a chance to play for the
The sweet-shooting guard might have been a lottery pick, but slid to 26 because of concerns about his character.
Obviously, you can't judge an entire university off the actions of one bad apple. If Hairston were the only problem, then you could argue that even a pristine school isn't immune to the occasional troublemaker.
However, look at the recent interview that former UNC guard
In case you missed it, McCants provided a copy of his transcripts that showed that more than half of all the classes he took at
McCants said he wasn't the only member of the basketball team to take advantage of the courses and that head coach
Out of 28 classes on his transcript, only 10 of them were regular classes that he was required to attend. In those 10 classes, McCants received six C's, one D and three F's.
In his African-American paper classes, his grades were 10 A's, six B's, one C and one D.
Williams expressed "shock" and "disbelief" over the allegations, saying he had no knowledge of McCants' grades and classes.
I find this extremely unlikely. And if it were true, then it would seem to show a significant apathy toward Williams' own players.
I have written dozens of stories about local players going off to college. Whenever I talk to the college coach, that person (man or woman) always mentions grades and getting an education. The coaches say they keep a close watch on academic standing, and if a player isn't performing in the classroom, the coaches hear about it.
At a top-tier Division I powerhouse like
I have been very outspoken in the past about how disgraceful it was that the
In case you don't recall, from
Three years later, Piggie would come clean and admit that he gave this money to Maggette. At first, the young man (by then playing in the
And as a
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