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Did UNC’s hiring of Brian Baker, recruitment of Delvon Simmons violate even more NCAA regulations?

February 13, 2011


Was Brian Baker hired by UNC solely to land DT Blue Chip Delvon Simmons

***UPDATE MARCH 8th, 2011: Delvon Simmons has reportedly asked to be released from his LOI (Letter of Intent) to the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Not entirely sure as to why, but I’m sure it all may or may not come out eventually…***

    ***UPDATE March 10th, 2011: UNC is reportedly refusing to release Simmons from his LOI. This could get interesting…***

The dark, tempestuous cloud of investigations looming over Chapel Hill’s Kenan Stadium apparently isn’t a menacing enough threat to the sanctity of Tar Heel football. In fact, it appears Butch Davis’ program still doesn’t shy away from spitting into the NCAA’s wind.

As you may recall, UNC landed a big prospect when McKeesport, Pennsylvania’s Delvon Simmons signed his Letter of Intent on February 2nd, 2011. It was quite a National Signing Day coup.

Why a coup? Well, the 6’5″, 265 pound defensive tackle (Rivals’ #5 DT, #80 overall; Scout’s #3 DT, #15 overall; ESPN’s #25 DT, NR overall) had actually eliminated the Tar Heels only a couple weeks prior and — adding to the enigma of it all — never took an official visit to Chapel Hill.

Simmons’ coach, Jim Ward, even chipped in with a great quote to make the matter that much more curious, and just hours before National Signing Day: “I can tell you that UNC has been added. We had a meeting behind closed doors, and that is all I can say. The rest stays there.


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UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp Does Jonhnny B. Goode?

January 18, 2011


UNC Chancellor Holden ThorpSure, in terms of stage presence, he may offer all the emotion, theatrics and general appeal of a Tar Heel tailgate — but at least he’s putting himself out there. Right?

And yeah, he might have been slightly out of key for a few bars there, but that’s par for the course around Chapel Hill these days, isn’t it? All kidding aside, though, it’s clear the man’s a music lover, and no one could fault him for that.

Seriously, just when we thought Holden’s Pit performance of Thriller would stand — ironically — as the single piece of evidence demonstrating that life indeed exists in the Chancellor’s body, he pops up shredding to this Chuck Berry classic. Bravo!

The Gingerhead Man was not impressed…

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UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp Attempts to Exorcise the Demons

November 2, 2010

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It’s been a scary year for North Carolina’s football program, but I’m sure the ghouls and ghosts bedeviling Franklin Street this past weekend offered a welcome recess from the NCAA investigators that have been haunting Chapel Hill for months.

Now, I’m by no means certain, but I highly doubt UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp would have been caught dead amongst that aforementioned crowd of 35,000 specters (just a hunch). However, as you’ll see below, that didn’t stop Thorp from participating in the general spirit of the festivities.

Caught on tape by the N&O, here’s Holden taking part in what appears to be some sort of ceremonial dance; perhaps a cleansing ritual to lift the Heels out of their current pit of despair…

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