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Len Bias

Enough of the Tar Heel hypocrisy

Dear Coach: This email is eventually going to wrap around to the "UNC academic scandal" as it's commonly called today, but first I'd like to share a little personal background. Much to my friends' agitation, I've been a UNC basketball fan for the past 40 years. I caught the bug at about age 21, due almost completely to my appreciation and respect for Dean Smith. All the values of Coach Smith's public persona resonated with me: loyalty, innovation, equality, intelligence, and specific to this email, his insistence on having true student-athletes play for him. It is my perception that over the years as the money in professional and college basketball grew,...