$neaker Wars

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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6 Responses to $neaker Wars

  1. Mr O 08/01/2006 at 9:59 AM #

    I can never figure out why there wasn’t an NCAA resolution of their Duke’s Final Four appearance when they played with an ineligible Corey Magette.

  2. VaWolf82 08/01/2006 at 10:22 AM #

    For the exact same reasons that UCLA was never investigated for players being paid during the 70’s.

  3. redfred2 08/01/2006 at 12:53 PM #

    O & Vawolf82,

    Although I don’t necessarily agree with either Duke or UCLA’s slipping by on either count, that happens when you reach that pinnacle and have people in your administration who want to keep it that way. If you are wondering why only the “select” few like our vaulted neighbor in Chapel Hill there, or the west coast parallel, seem to have that kind of luck, look no further than your own university.

    We were right there and on our way to achieving similar program status when the Valvano fiasco errupted. The administration tucked it’s tail and went ducking for cover as fast as they could, leaving Valvano and his players defenseless to suffer the consequences on their own. It doesn’t happen that way at the top programs. That is why UNC and UCLA are who they are, and why we are not.

    It is admirable, though naive, to go through life with blinders on, thinking that you can run a major college basketball program without incidence and still achieve success at the highest level. But if your decision makers are going to roll over and show their bellies without resistance at the slightest hint of impropriety, the real wolves in the media will rush in to feast on your carcass, spit you out, and forget you ever even existed. That is the reality NCSU athletics over the past several decades and why it doesn’t shape up vs the top programs in the nation anymore.

  4. joe 08/01/2006 at 2:53 PM #

    Nike and the shoe companies essentially run big time high school BB players lives. They don’t really care what anyone thinks because the NCAA has no control over Nike or any other business – they only control colleges.

  5. TomA 08/01/2006 at 9:51 PM #

    If you really want to read about these “broker” AAU and city high school coaches the book Raw Recruits is a must read. Although it has been a while since I read it I remember many of the names mentioned while playing in high school for these coaches selling themselves to the highest bidder and then being steered to colleges with the right contacts (ie shoe contract/sponsors). Many of the names in the book even today (Chris Webber for one) still have an impact due to the violations there were part of. Reading this book will show you how bad it was 15 years ago so I can only imaging what it is like now…

  6. TomA 08/01/2006 at 9:56 PM #

    Sorry meant to write “they were part of”…please forgive!

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