YOURS AT CA!}OLINA
In his inspiring Commencement address, the Rev. Peter J. Gomes offered sage advice to our younger son and all those graduating that glorious May Sun-
day. Specifically, Gomes encouraged members of the
class of 2005 to cherish your failures, redefine what you
mean by success and try a little happiness. In offering "a
more ample definition" of success, Gomes
quoted a former Harvard University presi-
dent: "True success does not consist in doing
what we set forth to do, nor what we hoped
to do, not even in doing what we have strug-
gled to do. True success consists in doing
something that is worth doing."
I thought about this quote as I listened to
ACC Commissioner John Swofford ' 71
speak a week later to the Knight Commis-
sion on Intercollegiate Athletics. Swofford
suggested that college athletics would be well-served if
a new model - beyond winning and losing - were
developed for measuring success in college athletics.
Swofford offered six criteria to be considered:
• Is the program consistently competitive to the best
of its abilities?
• Does the program graduate a high percentage of
its athletes with a meaningful educational experience?
• Does the program adhere to the highest ethical
standards and consistently follow NCAA rules?
• Do the athletes and coaches represent the institu-
tion in a positive manner?
• Does participation in college athletics enhance the
college experience for the athletes?
• Do college athletes go on to be contributors to
Using these measurements, Carolina's athletic tean1S
were again remarkably successful. Nearly half ofUNe's
750 student-athletes this year earned a 3.0 or higher
GPA, and nearly 300 made the 2005 ACC Honor Roll.
Our football team had its highest number of players ( 19)
make the ACC Honor Roll in the past five years. And
magazine named the Carolina men's basketball
team as the winner of the Academic Sweet 16 (based
upon graduation rates). UNC student-athletes launched
"Carolina Dreams," which, as reported in the
MarchiApril issue, supports children treated at the N.c.
Children's Hospital. And each of Carolina's teams and
every one of Carolina's student-athletes again has pro-
vided an impressive 1,800 hours of community service.
By the more traditional measurements, Carolina has
enjoyed sustained "success" over many years. When John
Bunting ' 72 and Roy Williams ' 72 attended UNC,
Carolina went to the Peach and Gator Bowls, two
NCAA Final Fours and won the NIT. No one was a
bigger John Bunting and UNC football fan last fall than
Roy Williams, who especially enjoyed the exciting
nighttime Kenan Stadium wins over NCSU and Miami
just as Bunting, with tens of thousands of Tar Heel fans,
was thrilled when the Tar Heels again won the NCAA
men's national basketball championship.
Despite losing only one gan1e, the women's soccer
team, coached by Anson Dorrance ' 74, failed to make
the Final Four for the first tinle in history, while Karen
Shelton coached Carolina's field hockey team to
another Final Four. Sylvia Hatchell coached Carolina's
women's basketball team to the Elite Eight, where they
lost to eventual national champion Baylor. Once again,
Carolina's athletics program earned a top- 10 finish in
the Directors' Cup - the gold standard for evaluating
broadly based college athletics programs.
Carolina's football and men's basketball teams are
expected to face considerable challenges in the year
ahead. Each will have unforgiving schedules, and with
Carolina's men's basketball team returning players
whose combined scoring average last season was eight
points (out of a team total of 88), Willianls will be
coaching a very young teanl. Hopefully, all Carolina
fans and especially Carolina alunmi will consistently be
unfailing in our support for our Tar Heels.
It would be regrettable if we took for granted how
fortunate we have been to have a successful program
with student-athletes whose classroom achievements are
as impressive as their athletic performances, whose off-
the-field and off-the-court behavior brings credit to
Carolina, and whose coaches and administrators are
scrupulous in assuring that Carolina plays by the rules.
My personal hope is that someday we will each care
as deeply about having one or more members of the
UNC faculty who earn a Nobel Prize as we care about
winning a national championship. May we each some-
day boast as much about the latest star faculty recruit or
student to win a coveted Rhodes, Marshall, Churchill
or Goldwater scholarship as we do about the commit-
ment of a blue-chip athlete.
Yours at Carolina,
Douglas S. Dibbert ' 70
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