I even said I would let it be after I posted the piece on Glasper’s impact. Now as conspiracy theories bloom, I am changing my mind. Yesterday on the ACC Now blog published by the News & Observer, Chip Alexander posted quotes from Glasper that seemed to retract and reframe some of his supposed animosity towards TOB. In the full blog post Alexander also teased a full article on the subject upcoming in Thursday’s edition of the News & Observer. Well Thursday’s paper and web stories came out and there is no TOB article. Even more curious, the original post from Alexander has been removed from the N&O blog. You can still see a partially cached version in the picture below. Unfortunately you cannot see the mention of Thursday's article, so I grabbed the Google results to show where he promised more detail.
I can understand the article not making the paper. Things get bumped or delayed all the time. But there is no explanation for pulling the blog post, especially since Alexander had the most unique Glasper quotes. Why would they remove it? Let me speculate, but perhaps TOB and NC State want to put it all to rest and got heavy handed with the most malleable media available. It wouldn’t be the first time TOB (or any other coach) had done that. On a UNC message board there is unsupported speculation that John Swofford himself pressured the N&O to kill the story. That would make sense as it is in his interest that all ACC schools get along.
In order to find out for myself I called and emailed Chip Alexander. No response as of this post.
I am guilty of giving this more attention than it probably deserves, but it is the offseason and TOB has yet to say anything. If he just came out with his spin, this would probably die down…until September 8th.