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Report: UNC boosters considering lawsuit

Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:29 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 3:39 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: Robbi Pickeral, who authored the initial News and Observer report, says that UNC has received the information request from the lawyers of the football boosters.  School still has no official comment. 


Things got even crazier on Monday in the ongoing drama that has become the North Carolina football program. According to a local report, a group of North Carolina football boosters who agreed to help fund a recent Kenan Stadium expansion are exploring possible legal action against chancellor Holden Thorp.

The identities of the boosters involved has not been made public, but one of the attorneys representing the group told the Raleigh News and Observer he plans to file a public information request asking for all correspondence between the Chancellor and other school officials.

Don Brown, of Charlotte, N.C., is one of five lawyers (all UNC graduates) that have taken the case pro bono. For the first time in the stadium's 84 year history, both end zones are now bowled in thanks to the construction of the "Carolina Student-Athlete Center for Excellence." The new service building for the athletic department also brought 2,980 new seats, a club level, and suites that can be priced at $50,000 per year. There have been reports that donors have asked for refunds since Butch Davis' dismissal, which were denied.

"I can tell you, everybody that we represent is furious about the timing of Butch Davis' firing," Brown told the News and Observer in a phone interview. "They feel like their investment was based on Butch Davis being the head coach…and the public reassurances over the past year that he would remain the coach…They want answers."

A UNC spokesman said that as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday the school had received no FOIA request, and there is no official comment on the issue.

The group of enraged boosters is said to be of different contribution levels, and it is not clear exactly what they hope to gain from pursuing legal action. Brown emphasized in his interview with the News and Observer that they are only "seeking information" right now. One recent precedent was Connecticut booster Robert Burtonwho asked for his $3 million back from the school and requested to have his name taken off the Burton Family Football Complex. After causing quite a public stir, Burton and the school were eventually back on good terms and no drastic action was taken. The legalities of donations (particularly ones earmarked for a project like the Blue Zone) could get particularly hairy and difficult to reclaim in a court of law. It could be argued that this is a case of upset boosters, who simply do not know another way to fire back at an administration which they feel has wronged them.
Comments

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Report: UNC boosters considering lawsuit

Sadly, it is a reflection on our entire society, country, government, standards and perverse personality.  We as a culture are embarrassingly soft, coddled, spoiled, greedy, selfish and immature.  If we could ever manage to see ourselves as others see us, we could and would take steps to regain some balance that has been lost or may have never been there.  Maybe we have too much freedom and just cannot handle it.  Whatever the reasons and motivations for our action and inaction, we should be ashamed.  But we are obviously and glaringly NOT ready for fair play and level playing fields.



Since: Sep 8, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Report: UNC boosters considering lawsuit

Oh jeezz what a Badddd Idea this is.  Our boosters want to run the Athletic Dept. themselves! Go figure!  Arrogance pervades this group of "Brown & Associates".  This can only do more harm -wow! Thanks Butchie!





Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Report: UNC boosters considering lawsuit

Just what the world needs more slip and fall lawyers getting involved where they dont belong. Where is ex UNC alum / cheat hack lawyer John Edwards in all of this? Perhaps these wonderful men of justice should have been involved with UNC players and coaches before they trotted upon the NCAAs rule book. I guess when you have not won an ACC championship since 1980 you will do just about anything to get the top however they got caught.

I tip my hat the the school president for cleaning house which is what the board should have done at Ohio State, like many others though you would have to say what took so long. Enjoy the sanctions!



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Report: UNC boosters considering lawsuit

Congratulations UNC fans....you took a horrible situation and managed to make it even more embarrassing.

Quit digging.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Report: UNC boosters considering lawsuit

College football is obviously the dirtiest of sports... What makes me laugh more is the fanbases. I really think there are fanbases (OSU, Texas, USC, North Carolina) who wouldn't care if the coach was providing hookers and blow to the players so long as the team was winning. Standards, rules, guidelines should be the cornerstone of a program, not a win-at-all-costs/coach-is-GOD atmosphere...


Maybe you should know a little about what you are talking about before opening your mouth !!!
People are upset because no evidence exists that Davis ever did anything wrong but was fired anyway to maybe please the NCAA. The NCAA list of violations does not even name Davis as guilty of anything.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Report: UNC boosters considering lawsuit

College football is obviously the dirtiest of sports... What makes me laugh more is the fanbases.  I really think there are fanbases (OSU, Texas, USC, North Carolina) who wouldn't care if the coach was providing hookers and blow to the players so long as the team was winning.  Standards, rules, guidelines should be the cornerstone of a program, not a win-at-all-costs/coach-is-GOD atmosphere...



Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Report: UNC boosters considering lawsuit

North Carolina,

Welcome to the world of irrational, power hungry, chancellors and school administrators.  They will stop at nothing to butcher, back-stab, steal, and take advantage of people for the purposes of fulfilling their own political agendas.

Sincerely,

a former, and let me emphasize FORMER, Texas Tech Fan.



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