WRAL investigates former NC State football player, booster
Posted November 1, 2013
Updated November 4, 2013
How close is too close when it comes to a college sports booster? There’s a fine line between being a friend to athletes and putting a university in jeopardy of NCAA violations. Monday at 6, the WRAL Investigates team explores that line by digging into the case of a former football player and booster at North Carolina State University.
This is a booster the university has struggled to keep clear of players. In many ways, we found, the school is powerless. Like many of our investigations, this one started with a viewer tip. An interested person contacted WRAL about loud parties, athletes hanging out at a booster’s townhouse and a fleet of high-dollar sports cars.
Led by WRAL Investigates senior producer Randall Kerr, we spent three months poring over real estate, business and tax records. We interviewed neighbors. We questioned numerous people connected to the world of sports marketing and promotions. WRAL tapped the expertise of a former pro and college coach and a journalist who’s covered college sports for decades. We also sat down with the embattled booster to hear his side of the accusations.
Monday at 6, WRAL Investigates will lay out a web of associations between this disassociated booster and athletes and let you answer for yourself whether the fine line was crossed between friendships and NCAA violations.
People are already talking about our investigation on Twitter. You can follow me @cullenbrowder and this conversation at #WRALInvestigates. Click the video to preview the story. I hope you'll join me on TV Monday night for the full story and form your own opinion.