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April 01, 2003

The Ninth Circle of Hell,

The Ninth Circle of Hell, No Waiting

The person who Carolina should get rid of is not Matt Doherty, but Dick Baddour. Stabbing a couch in the back like this is unforgivable. Doing it to one with a winning record is unfathomable. Doherty was screwed from the start thanks to the inept recruiting of Bill Guthridge, nice guy though he was, and had just begun to turn the corner when Baddour cut him off at the knees.

In his first three years as Carolina's basketball coach, Dean Smith had only one winning season. If Dick Baddour had been athletic director then, that would have been it for Dean Smith, and God only knows what the program would look like now.

Carolina is supposed to be different. We're supposed to have some damn class. But it seems we're fresh out. I hope this "national search" fails, miserably. I hope Roy Williams gives us the finger. No coach with an ounce of sense or a stable position should come here, because we just forced a guy who won 53 games in three years to resign. I hope the players transfer and Clemson wins in Chapel Hill next year for the first time, ever. I want UNC-Wilmington to out-recruit us, and for the Carolina basketball program to not make the NCAA tournament for the next 20 years. I hope Matt Doherty goes to Duke and kicks our ass twice a year until he's 112.

Because right now, it's no less than we deserve.

Updates: The Sporting News calls Baddour "witless", and also notices the giant sucking sound where Carolina's class used to be.

The Indianapolis Star - Monday: Meet with players and their uncles. Tuesday: Meet with players and their best friends from high school who think they should go for 30 a game. Wednesday: Meet with players and Shirley, their favorite Waffle House waitress.

These meetings are stacked. When people get the opportunity to talk privately about their boss, criticism invariably ensues. If the relationship between management and labor were working, there would be no meeting.

Got a problem with the coach? How about the time he yanked you from the game and said you couldn't return unless you played defense?

Here's an adult who cares what you think. Pay Doherty back.

The Mercury News - The whispers and innuendo were beneath a program of Carolina's class, and Baddour, Moeser and Smith did nothing to stop them. Doherty yelled, cursed and threw players out of practice? So what! Grow up and deal with it. If anything more egregious happened, Baddour and Moeser should say so.

"The issue here is not basketball, or wins and losses, or players running the program," Moeser said. "It's about leadership."

Carolina's leadership, from Moeser down, is house-of-cards weak. Why, they don't even know when to force a resignation. Here Williams is chasing a national championship for Kansas this week, and now his alma mater creates a circus, replete with questions about his possible candidacy.

Transcript of the Baddour press conference.

The official statements of Doherty, Baddour, and Chancellor Moeser.

Kyle Still, Carolina student and blogger, also has some thoughts on Doherty.

The Charlotte Observer - A university is more than a collection of stately old buildings and new ideas. It's a place where young women and men argue, debate, exchange ideas and pursue truth.

The truth is that the athletic department wanted Doherty out. The big-bucks boosters wanted him out. The Dean Smith disciples called the family wanted him out. The former players who no longer had access to the tickets they thought were theirs for life wanted him out.

And now he's out. The school won. So let's celebrate with a rousing rendition of the school's fight song, shall we?

"Hark the sound of Tar Heel voices, Ringing clear and true."

An opposing view, but one that nonetheless endorses the viewpoint that it was Doherty's attempt to be his own man that doomed him.

Posted by Bigwig at April 1, 2003 10:17 PM | TrackBack
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