Friday Q&A: August 26, 2011

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Virginia Tech football begins in eight days. The Hokies have wrapped up their
preseason, and they begin preparation for Appalachian State today. Even though
it’s not Monday yet, I guess we can say it since the preparation for the opener
has begun: it’s game week in Blacksburg.

1) Is this rash of unethical conduct a result of a snowball effect within the
ACC and is it something we can just as easily see happen if it occurred in the
SEC?

Chris Coleman: I don’t think I’d call it a snowball effect. I don’t think
the investigations at UNC and Miami have anything to do with each other.

The UNC situation stems from hiring guys like Butch Davis and John Blake, who
in turn recruit guys like Marvin Austin. The Tar Heel big donors made their bed,
and now they have to sleep in it.

With Miami, it’s the city. Do the Canes deserve to go on probation? Yes. I
think their school president is a joke, and their compliance efforts during the
years in question were an even bigger joke. But even with the smartest president
and the cleanest athletic department in the world, when 18-22 year olds are
living in Miami, some things are going to happen. That’s just the way it is.

We all know how Miami was in the 1980’s. It was well-documented in “The
U”, the ESPN 30 for 30 special. Apparently things never changed. I’m going
to take a wild guess and say that things were a bit out of control when Butch
Davis was there in the 1990s as well, despite the fact that the Canes were
already on probation.

The fact of the matter is that as long as Miami stays a major Division I
football school, you can probably bust them for something at any given time.
That’s just how things happen in that city. It would be like putting a BCS
conference school on Bourbon Street. That’s a recipe for disaster.

I think the NCAA is just going after whatever comes up. They didn’t have to
take the initiative with Miami or UNC. Marvin Austin got the ball rolling for
the Tar Heels, and Ben Shapiro went straight to Yahoo for the Canes. I do think
the Auburn investigation isn’t over, and LSU is obviously going through their
own difficulties as well.

Like I’ve said in the past, dirty recruiting is part of the culture in the
SEC. It’s not necessarily the coaches. It’s engrained in the culture of the...