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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.

WRAL investigates former NC State football player, booster WRAL investigates former NC State football player, booster

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.

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  • irishale Nov 4, 2013

    From the article: "This is a booster the university has struggled to keep clear of players. In many ways, we found, the school is powerless. "

    rcarroll : "Oh My.... Does this mean that the sacred wolfpack, whose fans have crucified the tarheels for their no-no's the last few years have done anything wrong?..."

    Sounds like NCSU has attempted to keep this guy away. That's a lot different than having special 'non-'classes for athletes.

    But I'm looking forward to the broadcast to get the whole story.

  • kikinc Nov 4, 2013

    Everyone is delusional if they don't think there is corruption in many NCAA programs, including State, UNC, and, yes, Duke.

  • vile garbage Nov 4, 2013

    NCSU is crooked, always has been.

  • rcarroll Nov 4, 2013

    Oh My.... Does this mean that the sacred wolfpack, whose fans have crucified the tarheels for their no-no's the last few years have done anything wrong?...

  • ch2024 Nov 1, 2013

    NC State fans are unaware that their programs have been investigated more by the NCAA than all other ACC schools. They continue to live in a glass house.

    Why leave it up for us to determine the relationships. Do what Dan Kane does and throw journalism to the side while trying to persuade everyone to your personal view. Then you get to create stories without having to spend time doing research.