Thad, You have me convinced! I don't know if anyone could have put it together so well, to see more clearly the faults o/f th9e past, and discern a future course of action. I finish your analysis with new respect for the difficulty and and elusiveness of the systemic problem Chancellor Thorp faced in making his decision. Especially convincing is your perception of the flaw in the recent Carolina football success formula: hire a big name and watch the big recruits and fan excitement follow, and unfortunately the inevitable tail-wagging-the-dog problems too. It seems no coincidence that on-the-field team discipline seemed improved last year, once NCAA sanctions had removed some of the biggest stars from the field. Lapses were still there, of course, though the number in the Music City bowl were less, and ultimately not crippling due to the cool head of T.J. Yates, a new attribute he donned as the season progressed.
Perhaps the way the season ended last year, with spirited clutch win against Tennessee is evidence of the potential success of a new formula for the UNC footbtball program: recruit student atheletes at the 3 star level, enjoy better execution and discipline on the field, and produce a four star team performance with a performance ethic that is clean, crisp, and untarnished.
I'd settle for a team that wins a majority of the tough games, and reliably beats the teams it is supposed to beat, while limiting off-the-field activity to those that reflect well on the team and each other. Then we would truly have something to be proud of, and play for. If a potential recruit doesn't match that ethos, let him play for a school where football is more important than the academic pursuit. I have often felt it is, during some Saturday fourth quarters, but it ain't.
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