Please. Don't act like UNC fans wouldn't do the exact same thing if evidence of cheating by State was coming out. Anywhere in the country where two schools this big, this close to each other, who play each other in football and basketball, there's gonna be this kind of fan sniping. Alabama fans still give Auburn fans crap about Newton. Florida fans still talk about "Free Shoes University". If posters on this board had been the ones to uncover the Saints** bounty scandal, we'd be patting ourselves on the back and celebrating just like everyone at PackPride is. I'm sure it sucks to have to deal with bad news about your school's academic scandal that keeps getting dug up by your rivals after your IT professionals leave sensitive data laying around on public websites, but maybe you should be mad at the administration there for A)cheating and B)not doing a better job of covering up the cheating. But don't pretend State fans are doing anything different than what any other's schools fans would do, and don't pretend UNC fans wouldn't be gloating if they brought down the athletic department at State or Duke the same way.
No doubt, you are right... There are members of every fanbase who would do relish the opportunity to do what State fans are doing now with the UNC scandal. That being said, I still find it childish and immature. Why? Maybe it is because I grew up not really pulling for one team over another. I don't get how anyone gets any joy out of that. Rivals or not, I just don't get it. Even as UNC alum, I've never gotten into that whole "Dook" crap or talking down to State fans, because at some point in my life, I was a fan of each team - because of the players. I just happened to end up attending UNC, so I kind of pull for them by default, but I've always been turned off by the amount of homerism our school has garnered - from alumni AND "wal-mart fans."
For whatever reason, I have always been much more impassioned about the pro sports so I completely get the parallel with us as Panthers fans digging up dirt on the Saints*. But, again, I still don't understand why it's so fun for people to do this towards learning institutions, and I never will. I guess it's my sense of regionalism or state pride, because as I said, I pull for Duke and State as well... When they play UNC, that's always a tough one, lol, but I have a sense of pride about each of our local teams because I feel they represent us as a state. That's why I don't get the sniping and middle-school antics going on with this whole scandal.
If UNC students/Wal-Mart fans/alumni were doing the same thing against State, it would be the exact same thing. I would think it's pathetic and I don't want to be associated with any idiot who has nothing better to do than spend hours and hays at a time trying to dig up dirt on a program that they have no involvement in. It's sad. And imo, it's to the benefit of both the ACC and our state that the big three schools stay among the elite in college athletics because it benefits our state. That's why this kind of immaturity and lack of purpose other than pure envy and hate just irks me.