We are going to unveil a new category for organizational purposes here on the blog. On the right hand side of the blog you will see the categories that we use to tag entries when we post them to the blog. Today we are going to start using “Sports Junkies” tags.
We obviously try to cover NC State and NC State sports to the best of our ability. As we established in this entry last week, every reader has a different level of interest in different topics. In the future, we will code entries that are step or two beyond/deeper where the ‘average’ NC State fan’s interest may lie as “Sports Junkies”.
Today, we will give an example of a “Sports Junkie” entry by highlighting an interesting three part series that the Boston Globe ran this week. The series tackled the influence of shoe companies in amateur basketball. Fascinating stuff. We were particularly interested in the kind of close relationship that John Calipari had with the dirtbag who was at the center of these articles.
One of the most egregious cases involved a Nike-funded coach, Myron Piggie, of Kansas City, Mo., who was sentenced to 37 months in prison in 2001 for fraud and tax convictions after paying more than $35,000 to five teenagers, including future NBA players Corey Maggette, Kareem Rush, and Korleone Young, to play in his summer program. Three of the players, after enrolling in college, were suspended from basketball competition by the NCAA for periods ranging from five to nine games (the NCAA has no jurisdiction over amateur athletes until they are enrolled in member schools).
* Link to Part One
* Link to Part Two
* Link to Part Three
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