Remember the good old days of the 2010 season, when it was North Carolina head coach Butch Davis that was the worst person in the college football world? Thanks to his decision to have John Blake on his coaching staff, Davis was forced to play out the season with a whole bunch of his players -- and some players from around the NCAA -- suspended for receiving gifts from agents. Then this whole Cam Newton story came along, and we all forgot about Butch, which is something he's probably grateful for.
Which is why it's too bad a former academic coordinator at North Carolina, Cynthia Reynolds, has filed a grievance against the school, saying that the only reason she lost her job was because Davis wanted somebody younger -- read: more attractive -- in the position.
"I think it's important to make the point that even though I was an 'at-will' employee, you can't get rid of somebody [because] you want someone younger in the position,'' Reynolds told the Charlotte News & Observer. "There are policies, and you have to follow them."
The 56-year old Reynolds spent seven years working with the football program before being reassigned to Olympic sports in 2009, and then let go in August of 2010. Though, according to the school, her dismissal had nothing to do with her age as much as it had to do with her ability to do the job. The school says that Reynolds was reassigned for two incidents.
- A player was deemed academically ineligible in 2008 due to misadvising.
- A secondary violation was reported to the NCAA after 18 incoming freshmen football players were not enrolled in enough summer school hours, a violation none of the players were held responsible for.
As for Reynolds' claims that Davis wanted her removed, the coach emailed the paper and told them that her claims aren't accurate, and that he has no such authority to reassign anybody from the Academic Support Program. Those decisions belong solely to the department.