(Image Source: Raleigh News & Observer)

 

BY TOM MARTIN

 

North Carolina would normally go mad for March, but a day after UNC basketball fans broke out their brackets — Tar Heel football took a serious tumble.

 

Monday the NCAA banned the Tar Heels from this year’s bowl season for recruiting violations dating back to 2008 – when many players were paid illegally. UNC will also forfeit 15 scholarships.

 

So no bowls and fewer recruits. The Star News’ Brett Friedlander says it all makes sense:

 

“I believe the actual severity of UNC’s punishment lies somewhere between the two extremes, not too harsh and not too lenient. In the end, that’s probably what the NCAA was going for – especially in the case of a first-time offender.”

 

The penalties don’t stop at the current squad. Former assistant coach and key recruiter John Blake received a three-year “show cause” — meaning he can’t recruit anywhere unless that school shows the NCAA cause for why he should.

 

Blake’s rep took the biggest beating — but some aren’t sure how much blame he deserves. A writer for the News Observer says compared to Blake, many former Tar Heels took a back seat:

 

“There was a time … that being a key figure in the scandal seemed to bring about some kind of karmic retribution. And yet … [Former head coach Butch Davis] is back in the NFL … [Marvin] Austin won a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants … And Greg Little was second among rookies with 62 catches for the Cleveland Browns.”

 

As scandals pile up and punishments are handed down, some find fault with the NCAA’s consistency. Yahoo! Sports Radio’s Craig Shemon (PRON: Shee-mun) says the price paid by fellow offender Ohio State now looks a bit silly:

 

“To me, selling memorabilia and getting free tattoos compared to what went on at North Carolina. My opinion would be that what went on at North Carolina is worse.”

 

You might think current Tar Heel players are torn to shreds … that is, until you see tight end Eric Ebron’s Twitter:

 

“We Appreciate The Adversity #NCAA That Wont Stop Us From KILLING Every Team This Season"

 

NCAA Slaps UNC Football With One-Year Bowl Ban

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NCAA Slaps UNC Football With One-Year Bowl Ban

 

(Image Source: Raleigh News & Observer)

 

BY TOM MARTIN

 

North Carolina would normally go mad for March, but a day after UNC basketball fans broke out their brackets — Tar Heel football took a serious tumble.

 

Monday the NCAA banned the Tar Heels from this year’s bowl season for recruiting violations dating back to 2008 – when many players were paid illegally. UNC will also forfeit 15 scholarships.

 

So no bowls and fewer recruits. The Star News’ Brett Friedlander says it all makes sense:

 

“I believe the actual severity of UNC’s punishment lies somewhere between the two extremes, not too harsh and not too lenient. In the end, that’s probably what the NCAA was going for – especially in the case of a first-time offender.”

 

The penalties don’t stop at the current squad. Former assistant coach and key recruiter John Blake received a three-year “show cause” — meaning he can’t recruit anywhere unless that school shows the NCAA cause for why he should.

 

Blake’s rep took the biggest beating — but some aren’t sure how much blame he deserves. A writer for the News Observer says compared to Blake, many former Tar Heels took a back seat:

 

“There was a time … that being a key figure in the scandal seemed to bring about some kind of karmic retribution. And yet … [Former head coach Butch Davis] is back in the NFL … [Marvin] Austin won a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants … And Greg Little was second among rookies with 62 catches for the Cleveland Browns.”

 

As scandals pile up and punishments are handed down, some find fault with the NCAA’s consistency. Yahoo! Sports Radio’s Craig Shemon (PRON: Shee-mun) says the price paid by fellow offender Ohio State now looks a bit silly:

 

“To me, selling memorabilia and getting free tattoos compared to what went on at North Carolina. My opinion would be that what went on at North Carolina is worse.”

 

You might think current Tar Heel players are torn to shreds … that is, until you see tight end Eric Ebron’s Twitter:

 

“We Appreciate The Adversity #NCAA That Wont Stop Us From KILLING Every Team This Season"

 

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