Back around 1989, I remember reading about the problem of North Carolina State, in a book by Peter Golenbock, called Personal Foul. It was well written around the corruption in the game of basketball that is still seen in the game today. From the coaches to the players and how our values has taken second place to money.
And in a way it hit the nail on the button on who we chose to admire. Teachers are not at the top of respectability as when I was a youth. The hustlers, the drug dealers has earned the respect of the players, as Mister Golenbock, truthfully wrote of in Personal Foul, which should be read as a college requirement.
Not ever put in the elective section of study. Ask yourself if what he spoke of in Personal Fouls, isn’t seen twenty years later in the same sport he wrote about but, really in all section of collegiate of the game. You still have the corrupt agents, players accepting under cover money as college players, and denying it, when evidence exist otherwise to the lie.
The author, as I remember had people trying to stop the book from ever seeing print because of the truth that was factual inside. It spoke of how players are manipulated, used and abused, and yes tossed aside once they are no longer needed, by the university. How high priced coaches get rich at the expense of players who can’t afford a date.? Because of the strict rules of the NCAA, concerning players of all sports.
If any sport fan hadn’t read Personal Foul, let me push you into reading the book. And then tell me you don’t have a better understanding of the evil of college sports, coaches, alumnus members who say they love the school they support. But is willing to harm the school by breaking all regulations in placed. And somewhere in all this mess of cheating Jim Valvono, got swept up into corruption by surrounding his program with suspicious people.
He had players who was trouble the moment he recruited them. And Personal Foul, written by Peter Golenbock , mention them. One was Charles Shackleford, who was to the N.C State program, what Adam”Pac-Man “Jones, was to the Tennessee Titans and the Dallas Cowboys. Trouble and money was the monster that was their evil in nature. A sign that they hadn’t mature by the time they became rich by the game they love.
Jim Valvono, bless his soul was a good coach, but winning also made his a unsavory coach in his pursuit to win at the expense of the players he had. Could he have done better? The answer will always be yes. Could the rest of the players on the 1986-87 team graduated as Vinny Del Negro, and a few others did? Of course, but players play to make the professional league and have place getting a degree as secondary nature to it.
And Personal Foul, by Peter Golelbock, point these elements out for readers to see. That as much as coaches and universities fail players. Players in the end also fail themselves in pursuit of a college degree.