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McCrory doing away with college athletics? No, just a spoof

A post on BlueNC, a liberal blog, sparked a confusing moment in Gov. Pat McCrory's press conference this morning.

James Protzman authored what he calls a "Blue Onion" post, a reference to the satirical, fake news sites The Onion, with a headline that read, "Breaking: McCrory to shut down all college athletics programs."

It's clearly a spoof -- but one TV reporter from an unknown outlet didn't get the joke. "Governor, could you please explain your position on doing away with athletics programs at UNC campuses?" the reporter asked McCrory.

"My position on doing away with ... I don't know what," McCrory said, clearly confused -- like the rest of the reporters and staff in the room.

The exchange continued:

TV reporter: There are reports out there that by 2014 you plan to ...

Governor: I have no idea what you are referring to.

TV reporter: That's not true?

Governor: You're going to have to tell me where you got theses reports from, I have no idea what you are talking about.

TV reporter: Well there are articles on the web, I saw ...

Governor: Geez if you are getting your information from that ...

TV reporter: That's why I'm asking you to clarify

Governor: I have no idea what you are talking about . ... I hope you are not getting your information from the web.

Protzman's post spoofed McCrory's recent comments that higher education should focus on getting graduates jobs and less programs like gender studies. In the radio interview, McCrory also took a swipe at UNC's basketball program and the academic scandal.

From Protzman's post: "State funded universities should be educating students to get good-paying jobs," McCrory said to a standing-room-only crowd of in the Dean Smith Center.

"Look at this wasteful building," he said, pointing to the Carolina blue jerseys hanging from the rafters. "Two or three players at most will get jobs playing basketball after they graduate. That's a crazy use of tax dollars."


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