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PROMISING CLASS Arnaud William Adala Moto is part of talented group of freshmen for men’s basketball team

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VOL. 22 // ISSUE 4 (USPS 014-373) EDITOR

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Bill Faircloth has been a coach with the Deacon football program since 1978.

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// 6 HARD-FOUGHT VICTORY Volleyball coach Heather Kahl Holmes is now cancer-free, but her sixmonth journey has changed not only her life, but the lives of her players, her staff and all of those who have been touched by her story.

// 10 ‘BIG DADDY’ Bill Faircloth was recently recognized for attending his 400th consecutive Wake Forest football game. He came to Wake Forest in 1960 as a player and then came back in 1978 as an assistant coach.

// 14 WELCOME ADDITION Arnaud William Adala Moto is part of an outstanding group of freshmen for the 2012-13 men’s basketball team.

ON THE COVER Heather Kahl Holmes was diagnosed with breast cancer in May but took an aggressive treatment route to beat it while continuing to guide her Deacon volleyball team. (Photo by Brian Westerholt/Sports on Film)

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Weather, Coaches and the ACC

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Lots of folks in different parts of the country have laid claim to the phrase: ”If you don’t like the weather we’re having, just wait a few minutes!” Or something similar. The way it’s trending, you could say that about the Atlantic Coast Conference. The membership roster seems to be changing with the wind and just a little behind the pace of college football coaching changes at schools across the country. And the ACC. Tom O’Brien was here one Saturday afternoon, then gone right after church the next day at N.C. State. Boston College had a similar Spaz attack and said so long to its coach who had been affiliated with the school in some way, shape or form for going on two decades. Savior one day, expendable the next. Heckuva profession. One day you look up and Notre Dame has about three quarters of its body through the ACC’s threshold, then you wake up the next day and Maryland, one of the founding league schools back in the day, is off for the Big Ten, or Twelve, or Twenty. Or whatever.

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Who can keep pace? Trying to stay in step with any of this is a challenge. And it’s tiring. I so miss those days when certain things were for sure. Like whom you would be playing in the upcoming ACC season. And where. Those things were locks. Now I can’t seem to remember what years Wake plays Carolina in football. Or Georgia Tech. Not enough if you ask me. Is Miami still in the ACC? I think it is in basketball. The Deacs play the Canes every now and again. Football? I’m not really sure. The saddest fallout of the new and improved — improving — ACC is that Wake Forest, North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State — the Big Four — no longer play each other every year in football and home and home in basketball. There ought to be a law! But we have to get used to it. We’re not going back. As much as I long for the days when you could count the ACC teams on both hands with a finger to spare, they are ancient history. And it would be a mistake to get accustomed and too familiar or cozy with the league

we have now, because tomorrow is another day. And in this day, television, and the cash it produces, is, as the late Skip Prosser used to say, “…the straw that stirs the drink.” And best I can tell, that straw just keeps getting bigger and bigger. And it just figures that big straws create waves when they stir. The landscape changes so much — and so quickly — these days that it’s quite probable this little space filled with words will be out of date when you read it. State and BC will likely have their new coaches, and the ACC might even have a new school or two. And don’t close the door on the possibility of the league losing some more schools sooner than later. You never can tell anymore. Yep — that’s just the way it is. And it is what it is. And if you don’t like it? Just wait a few minutes…


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Coach Heather Kahl Holmes reacts as her players, dressed in pink, present her with flowers during a “Pink-Out” match. (Photo by Brian Westerholt/Sports on Film)

Hard-fought victory Volleyball coach Heather Kahl Holmes is cancer-free after a long ordeal By Jay Reddick

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According to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight women will have breast cancer at some point during their lives. Heather Kahl Holmes never dreamed she would be one of them until a lump in her breast was found to be cancerous last spring. Today, Wake Forest’s volleyball coach is cancer-free. But the journey to get to this point has changed not only her life, but the lives of her players, her staff and all of those who have been touched by her story. Above all, the last six months have proved that Heather Kahl Holmes is a fighter. The journey began last fall, shortly after Kahl Holmes gave birth to her first child, Landon. She breast-fed him until mid-January, then in February, she felt a lump in her breast.

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“I thought it had to be a swollen gland or something from breastfeeding, so I let it go,” Kahl Holmes said. “In March, I felt it again, but I read some things that made me think it was normal. By April, I said something to my husband, then I Googled it and found this checklist for how you know if a lump might be cancer. I think there were six things on it, and I had six ‘yesses.’ Soon after that, I went to the doctor.” Things moved quickly from there, and on May 21 she received her official diagnosis – invasive ductal carcinoma. Holmes went through a whirlwind of emotions at the time but said she hoped to keep most of those to herself and her loved ones. “Naively, in the summer I thought, ‘How can we keep this quiet?’ I didn’t want the pity,” Kahl Holmes said. “I don’t know if I was embarrassed or not, but I’m a pretty private person and just didn’t want all the attention on me.”


In the days and weeks after the diagnosis, she realized that would be impossible – especially after a later biopsy revealed the cancer had spread to one of her lymph nodes. She had several treatment options but chose the most aggressive: a double mastectomy and four rounds of chemotherapy. She wasn’t messing around. She was going to beat this thing. Her choice of treatment, she said, sprung in part from her past as a competitor. “There was talk of not doing chemo or of just having a lumpectomy instead of removing the breast,” Kahl Holmes said. “but as aggressive as I am, I said let’s do a double mastectomy and go through with the chemo. If there’s a chance of recurrence, I want to lower that as much as possible.” Kahl Holmes said the lessons she has learned as an athlete and a coach helped her focus on what was really important in the healing process. “I did use volleyball as a way to cope with this, in many ways,” Kahl Holmes said. “The never-quit attitude, the willingness to grind it out and do the hard work to get through a bad situation, it really brought me back to my playing days.” When she had the surgery in July, then started chemotherapy, Kahl Holmes still wasn’t sure how the disease would affect her workload as Wake Forest coach. Associate head coach Chad Willis and assistants Abbey Worrell and TJ Cloud were ready to step up, but Kahl Holmes was still in the office every day, going to all the preseason practices and preparing to go on the road. But chemotherapy affected her more than she hoped. A low white blood-cell count meant she had to stay away from enclosed germ-filled spaces, which made travel next to impossible, and her third treatment in September left her weak. She says now that she had concentrated so much on how her health was affecting her team and those around her that she didn’t realize how much it had taken out of her. She had begun to lose her hair in patches, and was coming to work and practices despite severe pain and fatigue. She worried she was becoming a distraction to her team, but still, she didn’t want to stop. “When I got in the gym, I never thought of cancer,” Kahl Holmes said. “I came straight from chemotherapy one time – three hours later, I was at practice, and I forgot I was going through all that. “As a coach you say to your players, keep

your problems outside the gym, or release them and use them as fire toward practice and games,” Kahl Holmes said. “This (the gym) is where you go when things are bad. And I brought that in with me.” She said conversations with Director of Athletics Ron Wellman helped her understand her plight. “I’m not one who really puts myself first,” Kahl Holmes said. “I was worried about my staff, about the team, about my family. Ron always supported me to do whatever I needed to do to get healthy. He told me, ‘If you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others.’ I needed to hear that. It took the stress off being everything for everyone.” It was then that Kahl Holmes decided to take a step back from coaching, to hand the team over to her assistants temporarily. She was still often present, but the removal of that obligation helped her to concentrate on other things. But even if she wasn’t always at Wake Forest, Wake Forest was always with her. She said the messages of support from the coaches and staff were a big inspiration in her recovery. Pink ribbons, signifying breast-cancer awareness, started to appear. On Sept. 19, when Kahl Holmes decided to

“Naively, in the summer I thought, ‘How can we keep this quiet?’ I didn’t want the pity. I don’t know if I was embarrassed or not, but I’m a pretty private person and just didn’t want all the attention on me.”

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Holmes was surprised to see some familiar faces enter Reynolds Gym. “I spotted (golf coach) Jerry Haas, and he was wearing a pink shirt,” Kahl Holmes said. “I

The staff presented Heather Kahl Holmes with a pink and white blanket emblazoned with dozens of signatures and messages of support.

shave her head rather than let her hair fall out gradually, field hockey coach Jen Averill had her head shaved as well. Six days later, before a volleyball match against Furman, Kahl

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The athletic department, unbeknownst to anyone in the volleyball program, had organized a “Pink-Out.” The staff presented Kahl Holmes with a pink and white blanket emblazoned with dozens of signatures and messages of support.

“That was when I realized that this was bigger than any game, that this community was bigger than any game,” Kahl Holmes said. “It was amazing. So neat.” Even as she focused on her own recovery, she began to talk more openly about the disease, and it eventually provided another way to cope. When she was deep into chemotherapy, Kahl Holmes made a road trip to Clemson,

her alma mater, where friends introduced her and her sister to some breast-cancer survivors. They chatted about the things they had in common. Afterward, Kahl Holmes’ sister asked if such meetings made her sad. “I told her, it makes me sad there are so many but empowered that there is success (in beating it),” Kahl Holmes said. “We call it the sisterhood. Only they know what you’re going through. As much as my family is with me through every appointment, they can’t understand. No one really knows.” Kahl Holmes said she is proud of her players, who have remained strong through the ordeal. Ever the coach, she said it has provided a learning opportunity. “They’ve seen me go through it, and they’ve gone through it, too, in a different way,” Kahl Holmes said. “They’ll be able to look back and be proud of themselves – they got through one of the most difficult things anyone has done as a team. One day, they’ll help a family member or friend get through something like this like they couldn’t have done before.” Perhaps the players’ greatest show of support, though, came on the court. On Oct. 26, the team held its annual “Dig for the Cure” game against N.C. State at Reynolds

Gym. Both teams wore pink jerseys, and fans contributed more than $11,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Deacons were heavy underdogs against the Wolfpack, an eventual NCAA tournament team, but rallied from fifth-set deficits of 4-1 and 13-10 to win the match. The match took place on the Friday night before Kahl Holmes’ final chemotherapy treatment. “That was a little bit of hard work and divine intervention,” Kahl Holmes said. “For that match to happen for these kids was such a sense of relief. All eyes were on them because their coach has cancer, but give them this moment, because they earned it. I was so proud. That was our Cinderella story.” After her chemotherapy concluded, doctors told Kahl Holmes she was cancer-free. She’s planning to undergo hormonal therapy as a precaution and has breast-reconstruction surgery planned this winter, but in December, for the first time since the spring, she has no doctor’s appointments scheduled. She plans to be back on the sidelines for the Deacons from here on out, as she tries to find normalcy, or as close as she can get. “I’m hoping 2013 is a little boring for me.”

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Playing With Passion Adala Moto brings length and toughness to young Deacons By Sam Walker

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There was some apprehension but not enough to deter Arnaud William Adala Moto from coming to the United States at the age of 16 to play high school basketball. His older brother, Parfait Bite, had played at the University of Rhode Island from 2004 to 2008, but that was college. However, leaving his homeland of Cameroon to pursue basketball was also an exciting proposition. “It wasn’t scary for me,” said Adala Moto. “I was excited and a little bit sad to leave home, friends

“It’s just a lucky number,” he said. “The first time I wore it was when I went to a camp in South Africa, and I was fortunate. That’s the first time I was traveling to play basketball outside of Cameroon, so I was assigned that number, had a great camp, and that’s how I got my scholarship to go to high school. I’ve always just thought 45 was a lucky number for me. Some of the top players from different countries go to this camp, so I was lucky.” Adala Moto ended up playing for former Wake Forest player Jim Fitzpatrick, who is now the head

and family — everybody behind. My brother went to university so I was used to seeing him come back home like once every year, so it wasn’t too bad. I was sad, but it was definitely exciting. I use Skype a lot (to call home). But here I’m comfortable.” Adala Moto has chosen the jersey number 45 for as long as he can remember.

coach and director of boys’ athletics at Virginia’s Episcopal High School, a boarding school where students come from 18 countries, 26 states and the District of Columbia. Adala Moto (through five games) has yet to start a game in a large group of talented freshmen, but he definitely brings some toughness, length, versatility

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and athleticism to a lineup that is looking for some certainty early in the season. In the 63-57 victory over William & Mary, Adala Moto scored six points and pulled down three rebounds in a span of 4:11 as the first half was winding down and the Deacons were making a 8-4 run to cut an 11-point Tribe lead to five. Wake Forest had trailed by as many as 13 in the first half. “When I was looking at colleges, I think I knew more about Wake Forest than other schools,” Adala Moto said. “Because (Fitzpatrick) went to Wake Forest and told me about it, the program and academically — those things. The high school I went to was like this — a small school and strong academically. I wanted to go somewhere I would be needed and I played with a lot of these guys in AAU when I was in high school, so it was great when I came down for a visit.” In high school, Adala Moto played against now teammates Aaron Rountree and Tyler Cavanaugh, and he had met guard Cody Miller-McIntyre at a camp, so he felt at ease playing with teammates he either had met before or played with or against. “Because I had played with Aaron since we were sophomores, it was fun when we went to a camp, and Cody was already committed (to play at Wake Forest), and we thought it would be fun to play at the same school. Aaron committed, and then Tyler committed, and then I committed.” Adala Moto plays with a quiet but serious demeanor on the court, according to teammate Travis McKie, and he is a high-energy player. He has length (with a 7-1 wingspan), strength and aggressiveness. “He’s a solid player, who doesn’t say much but does what he does,” McKie said. “He’s athletic, and I think he has a ways to go mentally learning the game, but you can see the potential is there. He’s another long body who can guard a lot of different positions.” When he looks at the postgame stat sheet, the first thing Adala Moto looks at after the outcome is the rebound column. The ability to go after rebounds and secure them against tough


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Arnaud William Adala Moto Class: Freshman Height/position: 6-6 forward Hometown: Yaounde, Cameroon High School: Episcopal (Virginia) Major: Undeclared Chose Wake Forest over Florida, Miami, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. Top Athletic Accomplishments: 2012 McDonald’s All-America nominee; First team Virginia Independent Schools Division 3 all-state honoree as a senior; Led Episcopal to a 24-4 record and the state title game as a senior; Three-time allstate selection.

competition and especially ones he can turn into second-chance points defines the kind of player he wants to be. “Moto is bringing his body and athletic ability and doing a great job on the boards, and his length is great on defense, and he just gives us a lift off the bench,” senior guard C.J. Harris said. “His role is come in, do what he has to do without making mistakes but be aggressive on the offensive end, and that gets us big buckets and brings a certain toughness. You can’t punk him. He’s one of our toughest guys, will get down on the floor and does

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what he has to do to get the job done. On court he may be quiet, but off the court this man talks all the time. He just talks, sometimes in different languages, so he could be talking junk about us, but we wouldn’t know it.” “I’m just trying to do the little things, take care of the details to help the team win games,” Adala Moto said. “The biggest thing for me is just to get adjusted to the system and execute faster. Right now, I’m just taking what the defender is giving me, so if it’s a jump shot I’m taking it, but I like to drive the ball more and get to the line. I try to be tough

every time, play as hard as I can. I’m happy with whatever the coach says he needs from me to help us win the ballgame.” Adala Moto appears to be the kind of guy you’d like to hang out with off the court but definitely want on your team if you were on it. “I’m laid back, like to watch movies and SportsCenter,” he said. And with his tight schedule of classes, practice, workouts and study hall, he doesn’t have time for much else.


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All student-athletes that have succeeded at Wake Forest University know the demands that both class and their chosen sport can put on them at any given time. Only by giving it their all in both realms can excellence on and off the field be attained. Asia Williams, a senior basketball guard, had figured out a pretty good balance through her first two years in Winston-Salem on the women’s basketball team. Williams was cruising through her chosen Communication major, as well as contributing off of the bench for a talented Mike Petersen-led Wake Forest team. The work that Williams put in during her first two years, where she averaged 15 minutes and 3 points per game off the bench for Petersen’s squad was finally paying off in her junior season. The Deacs were 11-5 overall, and Williams had just notched a 10-point, 9-rebound effort in a close loss at Georgia Tech the week before, coming up a rebound short of what would have been the fourth double-double of her career. Wake Forest headed into a critical earlyseason battle with rival N.C. State, which at the time would have been a big win for the Deacs’ NCAA Tournament resume. Wake took an early lead, and Williams subbed into the game for the first time. Unfortunately it would be the last time for nearly eight months that she would play in a college game. A missed shot by the Wolfpack ricocheted to the free throw line where Williams and an N.C. State player both went for it. Williams managed to grab the ball, but when she came

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down she landed awkwardly, causing her ankle to immediately give out. “I pretty much knew it was broken as soon as I came down,” Williams said. “I heard it pop, and I was in a pretty substantial amount of pain right away. It was something that is hard to look back on even now.” Her ankle was indeed broken, and as far as breaks go, it was obvious that it was an injury that would take extensive therapy to rehabilitate. “I wore a boot for three months and could barely walk the entire time,” Williams said. “I finally finished up therapy right before the season started, but it still stiffens up on me after a game or a tough practice. It was one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to go through.” The physical part of the injury was bad for Williams, but what was worse was the emotional toil that it took on her. “The hardest part for me was to know that I wasn’t out there helping my teammates in a year that one player could have been the difference between the NCAA Tournament and the NIT.” Although the road getting back to 100 percent has been difficult, Williams feels like she is finally getting it back to where it needs to be to play to the level she was performing at before the injury. “I’ve rehabbed hard, but I still think that

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asia williams Class: Senior Height/position: 5-11 guard Hometown: Durham, N.C. Major: Communication Bucket List: Travel to Africa (Nigeria/Rwanda) Three people to have dinner with: My parents and LeBron James Top athletic achievement: Winning Gatorade Player of the Year in N.C. her senior year and receiving a full scholarship to Wake Forest University to play basketball

it’s only at 80 to 85 percent,” she said. “The physical part of the injury is one thing, but I am still tentative to go up as strong as I did for rebounds before the injury.” So far the injury hasn’t hurt her play at all this season, as she is averaging 10.3 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game, both

third best on the team. In facing her ankle injury, Williams used what she had learned during her time in the classroom and the basketball court to make the best of an opportunity to become the best that she can be.


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“I really enjoyed that (opening the gate). Now that it’s over, I look back on it and realize all the great memories contained in those 400 games. I’ve been very fortunate to make all 400, and I’m looking to stay around for a lot more.”

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400 and Counting

Bill Faircloth is a Wake Forest institution By Jay Reddick

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September 1978. President Jimmy Carter helped to broker a peace accord between Israel and Egypt. Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, passed away. Shane Battier, future Duke and NBA superstar, was born. And Bill Faircloth spent his first game as an assistant coach on the Wake Forest sideline. Thirty-four years later, Faircloth is still here. On Nov. 5, the assistant athletics director for football was recognized for attending his 400th consecutive WFU football game. He was selected to open the gate and lead the Deacons onto the field that day, but he has been a leader for Wake Forest athletes since before any of the current crop were born. “I really enjoyed that (opening the gate),” Faircloth said. “Now that it’s over, I look back on it and realize all the great memories contained in those 400 games. I’ve been very fortunate to make all 400, and I’m looking to stay around for a lot more.” The man everyone now knows as “Big Daddy” came to Wake Forest from Clinton in 1960 and was a lineman on teams that had what he charitably calls “a couple of lean years.” “We lost 19 in a row before we beat South Carolina in my last home game,” Faircloth said. “That was a good memory.” Faircloth knew he wanted to come back to Wake Forest as a coach because of his great love for the school, but maybe a little bit to erase the taste of those last couple of seasons. It took him a while to realize his dream. After getting his master’s degree from Alabama, “Coach Fair” began his coaching career at Catawba College, a small NAIA school in Salisbury. He spent seven years there as an assistant, three as the head coach, and learned how to keep his players focused, no matter what their surroundings. “Catawba was a good place to be,” Faircloth said. “We would eat our pregame meal in the school cafeteria wherever we were, then ride over and play the game. We didn’t know any different — we just

played the game. We just thought that’s what you’re supposed to do. “When I was in school at Wake, we had Saturdaymorning classes. So it was class until 10, then a pregame meal, then a ride over to Bowman Gray. Things sure have changed.” Faircloth has been pleased to see the improvement in facilities during his time at Wake Forest, but even as the growth of college football speeds along at a feverish pitch, he’s glad to be right where he is. “We’ve had good head coaches and good ADs all along,” Faircloth said. “Wake Forest has done a very good job of staying within its limits, while also staying competitive.” Faircloth served an ACC apprenticeship of sorts, three years at Duke under coach Mike McGee, but when John Mackovic, a former WFU teammate, was named head coach of the Deacons in 1978, Faircloth jumped at the chance to join him. Finally, his dream of returning to his Deacons roots was realized. “I really loved coming back here with Mackovic,” Faircloth said. “He did a good job here — I feel like he really brought the passing game into the ACC. He was a great motivator, too.” Faircloth’s (and Mackovic’s) first team in Winston-Salem brought back unpleasant memories, as the team finished 1-10. But then 1979 came along, with its eight wins and its Tangerine Bowl berth, and if he wasn’t already, Faircloth became a Deacon for life. Now, after eight bowl games and an ACC championship, Faircloth still finds new things about which to marvel almost every week. Despite the game’s result, this season’s visit to South Bend, Ind., was a highlight for him. “The game at Notre Dame, as far as atmosphere, it was unbelievable,” Faircloth said. “I’ve been to games at Nebraska, Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn, Virginia Tech… but I’ve never seen one like that. There’s 80,000 people, you could hardly see the

seats for all the people, and it’s obvious how much they love football and love their team. I would say the atmosphere there is college football at its best. The players are still talking about it. The only thing that could match that for me: I hope I get the chance to see an Army-Navy game one day.” After all this time, though, it’s the generations of student-athletes passing through who really make it all worthwhile for Faircloth. “I’ve been able to have the opportunity to work with some fine young men, to see them grow and develop,” Faircloth said. “I’ve been a part of the downs, and I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of the ups.”

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Deacon Express makes its way to Notre Dame This is not the first time that I have written about how special it is for our fans to have the opportunity to travel with the Deacs and make memories that will last a lifetime, but last month’s trip to Notre Dame warrants special mention. It marked the first time that Wake Forest played at the storied Notre Dame Stadium, making it a truly momentous occasion, but hopefully, it was also the start of a new tradition that our alumni and fans can look forward to as we welcome Notre Dame into the ACC.

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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons’ first trip to South Bend, Ind., certainly proved to be an alumni and fan gathering for the ages. I believe it was the largest regular season away game crowd for Wake Forest since the 2006 game at Maryland in which we clinched the Atlantic Division title. In total, more than 3,000 tickets were purchased through the Wake Forest Ticket Office, and it is estimated that around 5,000 Demon Deacons made the trip to South Bend. It reminded me of the exciting atmosphere surrounding bowl games with large groups of Wake Forest faithful descending upon Chicago and South Bend via car, bus, trains and planes. Even though the outcome of the game was disappointing, the trip lived up to its billing as a “bucket list” type of experience. Doug (’61) and Peggy Phelps made the drive all the way from New Bern and arrived in Chicago on Friday in time for all the festivities. “It is much more than a ball game,” said Doug. “It is about the people, the social aspect; it is everything else that makes experiences like this so special.” Bobby Finch (’93) and his group of alumni and friends rented a house in South Bend for the weekend. “The ‘Irish Haven’ was a great place to catch up with Wake Forest friends from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Birmingham, Wilmington, Del., Charlotte, Greensboro and Winston-Salem,” Bobby explained.  “Thanks to Omar Fayez (‘92) we found a great rental house with a pool table, a couple of large flat screen TVs and a card table.  The Notre Dame weekend rivals the trip to Ole Miss a few years ago, and it is always fun to catch up with friends and watch the Deacs!”

Bobby Finch (‘93) and a group of fellow alumni and friends reunited in South Bend at a house they rented for the weekend.

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On Friday I went to Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria with some of my college buddies, and it was as if Wake Forest had taken over the entire restaurant! We ended up staying for three hours, catching up with friends, saying hello to fellow fans and enjoying some of the best Chicagostyle deep dish pizza I have ever tasted. Well over half the patrons in the restaurant were Demon Deacons, making it feel like a private party just for us. Later that same night, Wake Forest rented out the House of Blues in downtown Chicago and hosted the official Wake Forest vs. Notre Dame “Kick-Off” Party. More than 1,000 Deacon fans enjoyed the festive party that lasted well into the evening.

David Griffin, Jr. and his daughters Deven (‘13) and Dakota enjoy the “Kick-Off” Party at the House of Blues.

The next morning, along with a group of about 500 Wake Forest fans, we were off to South Bend via a chartered train dubbed the “Deacon Express.” I would venture to guess that it was the largest chartered train outing in the history of the University. Our travel partner, Premiere Global Sports, had never sold out a train for this particular trip, but our group proved it could be done. The train proved to be a blast! As I walked between the cars, I noticed that each one had its own unique feel. Some people slept soundly, likely the result of a long night of catching up with friends the evening before, but most just gazed out of the windows into the heart of the Midwest as we traversed one small town after another on our way to South Bend. In another car, a dedicated group of former football players, Tom Stuetzer (’68), Homer Brookshire (’68) and Rick Decker (’68) ,continued their pre-game tradition of jamming to the tunes of AC/DC’s “Back In Black.” Needless to say, that turned out to be one of the more festive cars. It was a picture perfect day when we arrived at the train station in South Bend. From there we boarded 10 buses and embarked on the last leg of our journey to the stadium via police escort. Upon arrival, we met up with hundreds of other fans to enjoy a pregame tailgate on the Notre Dame campus. The nearly 1,000 Wake Forest guests who were in attendance were treated to food and fellowship and were entertained with music from bag pipers and Wake Forest’s own marching band, the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black. After the


tailgate, many Wake fans took advantage of the opportunity to wander around Notre Dame’s campus immersing themselves in the rich history and tradition while exploring some of the most well-known sites such as the Golden Dome, Touchdown Jesus, the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

To all of those who made the trip, thank you for your support, and I hope that you all made memories that will last a lifetime.

When it was time for the game, we made our way to our seats, and I assure you that the game-day atmosphere and pregame festivities associated with Notre Dame football are things that I won’t soon forget. Thirty minutes before kickoff, the stadium was already full. We could sense the rich tradition and passion emanating from the crowd, creating an environment that was one of the most spectacular I have ever experienced. It was also special to witness Wake Forest University President Dr. Nathan Hatch as he presented the colors and welcomed the Fighting Irish to the Atlantic Coast Conference. It was nice to be reminded that, with the addition of Notre Dame to our conference, all of our teams will have the opportunity to make the trip to South Bend, and that we will most certainly return for many more football games in the future. For those fans planning to make their first visit to Notre Dame in the future as well as those who are already making plans to come back again, I would recommend that you do not miss out on the soft pretzels that were hand rolled and cooked on site there at the stadium. They proved to be one of the best signature game day food items I have ever eaten! Although the outcome of the game was certainly disappointing, the overall experience of the entire weekend turned out to be one of the best events I have ever been a part of. As I walked out of the stadium, there was the world-renowned “Touchdown Jesus” to wish me a fond farewell, and it gave me much comfort to know that I will be back to enjoy this again.

deacon club photos

Deacon Club members are encouraged to submit photos for publication in the Gold Rush. Send your photos in digital format to deacclub@wfu.edu. Submission of a photo does not guarantee that it will be published. Thanks for showing off your Demon Deacon pride!

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1 Michael (JD, ’99) and Autumn (’98) Chandler and daughters Mary Austin and Kincaid are ready to take the field and cheer on the Deacs.

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2 California Deacon fans Rocki and Steel Cook show off their Wake Forest pride.

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3 Deacon spirit reaches new heights for Sal Balsamo (JD ’93) and daughter Isabelle.

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4 Luke Zakrzewski poses with his sister Hailey after serving as the “kickoff kid” at a recent football game.

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Renew your membership & take advantage of year-end tax benefits Now is the perfect time to make your gift count by renewing your Deacon Club membership. You will not only be supporting Wake Forest student-athletes, but you can take advantage of the potential tax benefits associated with year-end charitable giving. Make a gift by Dec. 31, 2012, in order to be eligible for deductions on your 2012 taxes. Gifts can be made online at www.DeaconClub.com or by calling (336) 758-5626.

Keep up with the Deacon Club on Facebook & Twitter For the latest news and information from the Deacon Club and to connect with other members, be sure to find us on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook.com/WFUDeaconClub @WFUDeaconClub or @DeacOnTheRun

Host a Deac ‘N Dine Event in Your Town The Deacon Club would like to encourage our members to participate in “Deac ‘N Dine,” a grassroots effort to connect our members with other alums, donors and fans in their area. These small-group (1012 guests) events will be held throughout the year in various areas around the country. Whenever possible, a Deacon Club staff member and a coach will attend the event to connect with the group. If you are interested in hosting a “Deac ‘N Dine” event in your area, please contact the Deacon Club at (336) 758-5626 or email: deacclub@wfu.edu.

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Basketball Tickets to Suit All Your Needs At this point in time you are certainly aware of the new energy surrounding our men’s basketball program; with seven incoming freshman and two of the top players in the ACC returning, all of us here in the Athletics Department are excited to see what the season has in store. With this new energy we have made an effort to make it as easy as possible for Deacon Fans to attend games this season. With all new ticket packages, we aim to be as flexible as we can in allowing fans to attend the games of their choosing while sitting in the seats that best fit their needs. Please visit www.deacontickets.com where you can utilize this interactive site to customize a plan that best fits your needs. Whether you are looking to bring a group to a game, rent a suite or attend five games of your choosing, this site will allow you to customize a plan that fits your schedule and your budget. Of course, any member of our sales team would love to assist you in this process and we ask you to call us at (336) 758-3322. to design your own ticket plan for the 2012-2013 men’s basketball season. Thank you for your support and Go Deacs!


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Deacon Pride From

Afghanistan Director of Athletics Ron Wellman received a letter this fall from a soldier currently serving in Afghanistan describing the Deacon pride that exists among his platoon. Below is an excerpt of that letter.

September 9, 2012 Dear Mr. Wellman,

o. I am a platoon name is Jacob Ingebrits My an! ist han Afg m Greetings fro , Task Force Storm, 11th Aviation Regiment 1-2 , any mp Co vo Bra h leader wit half of some of the istan. I am writing on be han Afg y se, Ba Air and Shind their platoon leader; the I am truly honored to be of s ion dit con ing giv soldiers of my platoon. for jected to the un sub ing be ile wh rs. sly die lou sol perform marve rable group of a part of such an hono be to ge vile pri a is It combat. e of the few reprieves ces Network (AFN) is on For ed Arm on s me ga Watching ployed. Many of my fellow environment of being de sh har the m fro t ge we s. We make every effort big Demon Deacon fan as soldiers, me included, are ssible, which is as close n Deacon games as po AFN on s me ga The to watch as many Demo e. zon t we are not in a comba we can get to feeling like e to the camaraderie e here for many of us du tim r ou of ht t feeling hlig hig the are sports. It is the closes the pure enjoyment of . me ga a ing tch amongst soldiers and wa family home with friends and wear to d we allo we have to being back are we es s is one of the few tim Also, during these game for only a few hours. r issued uniform, albeit ou n tha er oth ing eth som , from a Demon Deacon game like the atmosphere of ite h qu ng eac thi to no ng is bri re s The the player section, to the passion the boisterous student !! Forest ud to be a fan of Wake and every play. I am pro Demon Deacon of devoted, passionate up gro a is re the t tha Please know mpany “Buccaneers,� behalf of the Bravo Co On an. ist han Afg in re fans he thank you for your time.

In appreciation of their service and their Deacon pride, the Department of Athletics sent the soldiers some Wake Forest t-shirts to wear while they cheer on the Deacs from across the globe. Below is an excerpt from their response.

UNCLASSIFIED Greetings from Sh indand! Thank you so muc h for the T-shirts . The guys here ha ve enjoyed them greatly. Attached you will find a photo of us wearing our belov ed Demon Deacon t-shirts in front of one of our AH-64D Apache Longbows . Sincerely, Jake

Sincerely, 1LT Jacob Ingebritson B Co 1-211/TF STORM Shindand Air Base

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Wake Foresters gathered in the Midwest over the weekend of Nov. 16 – 18 to cheer on the Demon Deacons as they took on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. This was the first time that the Deacs competed at the historic Notre Dame Stadium, so thousands of fans took advantage of the opportunity to be a part of this momentous occasion. Despite the outcome of the game, alumni, parents and friends enjoyed a weekend full of Wake Forest fellowship and Old Gold & Black spirit. 

 ake Forest at Notre Dame W marked the largest regular season away game attendance since the 2006 Maryland game. A n estimated 5,000 Demon Deacon fans in attendance.  ore than 1,000 fans enjoyed the M official “Kick-Off” Party hosted by Wake Forest at the House of Blues in downtown Chicago.

For all you last minute packers...don’t forget the warm gear! T-minus 1 hour 27 minutes... #godeacs #roadtrip SOTOGAB @SOTOGAB

C lose to 1,000 fans took part in a pregame tailgate on the campus of Notre Dame.

Grobe: For the rest of our players lives, they’ll be able to say that they went into South Bend and played the Fighting Irish Wake Forest Football @Wake_FB

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Deacon Fans With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be scrambling to find the perfect gift for the Deacon fans in your life. Well, look no further. Take out a pen and cross every Deacon fan off your list. These unique gift ideas are sure to please even the pickiest among the Wake Forest faithful.

Give the Gift of Basketball

Give the gift that keeps on giving. Season tickets and ticket packages for 2012-13 men’s basketball are now available through the Wake Forest Ticket Office. Season tickets start at just $220, and with all new ticket packages, fans can enjoy the flexibility of attending the games of their choosing while sitting in the seats that best fit their needs. 

The Holiday Package

This is a three-game package which includes Xavier, Virginia and Boston College. Starting at only $75, the “Holiday Package” makes a great stocking stuffer!

Best Darn Package

Just in time for the holidays, the “Best Darn Package” features the following five prime time matchups: Xavier, N.C. State, Duke, Florida State and Maryland. The “Best Darn Package” starts at just $155.

YMCA Family Plan

You won’t want to miss out on this great stocking stuffer! The “YMCA Family Plan” features the option to pick three games from any of the following: Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Maryland or Virginia Tech. The package includes four tickets, four Wake Forest hats, four food vouchers and a special offer from the YMCA, all at a cost of just $204. Other custom ticket packages are also available. To select a ticket package for the basketball fans in your life, please visit www.deacontickets.com where you can utilize the interactive site to customize a plan that best fits your gifting needs.  You may also contact a member of the Wake Forest Ticket Sales Team at (336) 758-3322 to design your own ticket plan for the 2012-13 men’s basketball season.  It’s sure to be a present they’ll never forget.

For the Little Deacons in Your Life

Get the perfect gift for the little Deacon fans in your life with a membership to the Junior Deacon Club!  A one-year membership is only $25 and includes a membership card, an exclusive Junior Deacon Club t-shirt, a birthday card from the Deacon, invitations to special events and much more!   For a limited a time, your child will also receive a bonus gift if you sign up before December 21, 2012.  For more information call the Wake Forest Sports Marketing Office at (336) 758-5011 or visit wakeforestsports.com.

A Great Gift for Foodies

If you know a Deacon fan who would relish the idea of enjoying sophisticated southern cuisine while surrounded by expansive views of Wake Forest’s own BB&T Field, then a gift card to the Deacon Tower Grille is the perfect gift this season. Diners can enjoy relaxed dining in an upscale setting, and with lunch and dinner menus that feature a fresh approach to southern regional cuisine with an emphasis on local products and ingredients, there is sure to be something to please any palate. This holiday season, Deacon Tower Grille  is offering a special gift card promotion. For every $100 in gift cards purchased, the buyer will receive a complimentary $20 gift card to keep or give away as an additional gift. Conveniently located at 475 Deacon Boulevard on the fourth floor of Deacon Tower at BB&T Field, Deacon Tower Grille is open evenings from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch Mondays through Fridays. For reservations at the Deacon Tower Grille or for more information about purchasing gift cards, please call (336) 896-8624.

Bones, Dean and Me: Tobacco Road Recruit by Jim Snyder

Written by Wake Forest alumnus Jim Snyder (’67), Bones, Dean and Me is the story of a boy who was recruited to play college basketball by Dean Smith of North Carolina and by Bones McKinney of Wake Forest, while at the same time being pursued by the Morehead Scholarship Committee at UNC. After first accepting the scholarship and agreeing to play for Coach Smith, he changes his mind at the last minute and chooses to attend Wake Forest. The book is full of stories and anecdotes about playing basketball along “Tobacco Road” as well as outside the ACC. It is the story of an atypical recruit at a time in America just before integration and just about the time that big-time college basketball was becoming “big time.” Net proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Deacon Club Annual Scholarship Fund. The book retails for $24.95 and is available at barnesandnoble. com and amazon.com.

For the Golf Enthusiast

Do you know someone who can’t get enough when it comes to golf? Then consider a gift certificate to the Wake Forest Golf Academy. Led by Director of Instruction John Buczek, the Wake Forest Golf Academy is the perfect place for your favorite Deacon fan to work on his or her golf game. Utilizing the state-of-the-art Dianne Dailey Golf Learning Center at the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex, participants have the ability to hone their skills in a climate-controlled environment with the latest technology. This season the Golf Academy is offering a variety of holiday specials including a “New Student 1-Hour Lesson” for just $75, “Four Lessons for the Price of Three” at $375 or “Ten Lessons for the Price of Seven” for $875. Take advantage of these wonderful holiday deals and treat your special golf enthusiast to a great day of golf instruction and a gift you’ll both use every time you hit the links. For more information, please visit www.wakeforestgolfacademy.com . To purchase a gift certificate, call Laura Statham at (336) 758-6000.

Deacon Shop

And of course, don’t forget the Deacon Shop. With locations at Hanes Mall and on campus as well as online at deaconshop.com, you will be able to load up on gifts and stocking stuffers for all of your Deacon fans. And so we’re offering this simple phrase to fans from 1 to 92, although it’s been said many times, many ways, Go Deacs! And Happy Holidays to you.

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n each issue, Where Are They Now showcases a former Wake Forest studentathlete. This issue highlights former men’s soccer player Patrick O’Keefe.

Patrick O’Keefe When did you graduate from Wake Forest? 2000

What was your major? Analytical Finance

What does being a Demon Deacon mean to you? Being a Demon Deacon has always represented a very personal connection with an institution that is committed to excellence in all aspects of collegiate life.  As an alumnus, I take great pride in maintaining a connection to the Wake Forest athletic programs and being associated with a University that is on the leading edge of innovation within academia.

Why are you still involved with Wake Forest Athletics? I am deeply appreciative of my experience as a member of the soccer program and the lessons learned while playing soccer for Coach Vidovich.  I am convinced that my time as a student-athlete at Wake Forest provided me experiences and tools that have and will continue to benefit me throughout my professional career.  I have enjoyed seeing the program evolve, and I am proud of the integrity with which the team has realized its success.  I believe in Coach Vidovich’s vision for the program and the character he requires of his team, and I’m happy to continue to support the program.

Why do you feel it is important to give back to the University? Wake is uniquely situated in that is competes at the highest level of Division I athletics while maintaining demanding academic standards and a relatively small

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enrollment.  This dynamic creates a tight sense of community, not just among the athletes but really extends throughout the student body, faculty and city of Winston-Salem.  The intimate campus setting meant that student-athletes were immersed in the broader Wake Forest community which allowed every non student-athlete to personally experience the success of the athletic programs through the relationships they developed with student-athlete classmates.  As a student-athlete I enjoyed the camaraderie developed with the small population of student-athletes at Wake and the personal support the general student body provided the athletic programs.  I want to see this community continue to evolve and strengthen while Wake Forest achieves new levels of success academically and athletically. With a relatively small base of alumni and even smaller population of former student-athletes, I know that even a relatively small contribution will have a positive impact on the continued success of the University.

What is your current occupation? I am a Principal at Excellere Partners, a private equity firm based in Denver, Colorado.

What is your favorite memory of your time at Wake Forest? It is absolutely being part of a team that is motivated by a genuine love for their work (soccer), complete trust in your teammates and a commitment to achieving the same goal.  Being part of a “team” in a business or professional context doesn’t match the authenticity, emotion and camaraderie that we had at Wake.

What makes you most proud of Wake Forest? I mentioned earlier that I am proud of the integrity with which the soccer program has realized its success, and I think that this commitment is consistent across the athletic programs.  For example, I recently watched a nationally televised football game where the broadcasters discussed Wake’s success in graduating its studentathletes.  Wake is among the few universities that have successfully married top-tier athletics with a demanding educational environment.

When you come back to Wake, you always... Go to the Village Tavern for lunch or dinner.

I was there when... The soccer team beat the No. 1-ranked team in the country for the first time in the program’s history when we beat the University of Washington in 1998.

Who is your favorite Coach at Wake Forest, past or present? Wake Forest is fortunate to be home to some great coaches, and I was lucky enough to play for Jay Vidovich.  I came to Wake with very little in the way of a “soccer pedigree,” but Coach Vidovich stuck with me and found ways for me to contribute to the team.  Jay has also done a great job promoting the concept of family within the soccer program including great alumni events each year and the recent establishment of a mentorship program that will enhance communication between alumni and the soccer team.


deacons in the pros BASEBALL

Mike MacDougal MLB Los Angeles Dodgers

Coaches/Scouts Neil Avent Adam Bourassa John Hendricks Michael Holmes Kevin Jarvis Bill Masse Matt Price Mike Rikard Eric Schmitt Ross Atkins Danny Borrell

MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB MLB

Adam Wogan Tommy Gregg George Greer

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Oakland A’s Area Scout San Diego Padres Area Scout Toronto Blue Jays Area Scout Oakland A’s Assistant Scouting Director San Diego Padres Pro Scout Seattle Mariners Area Scout Kansas City Royals Pro Scout Boston Red Sox National Cross Checker New York Yankees International Scouting Cleveland Indians Director of Player Development New York Yankees Minor League Pitching Rehab Coordinator New York Mets Director of Minor League Operations Kansas City Omaha Storm Chasers Hitting Coach New York Mets St. Lucie Mets Hitting Coach

MEN’S SOCCER Corben Bone Brian Carroll Sam Cronin Austin da Luz Brian Edwards Akira Fitzgerald John Hackworth Will Hesmer Stephen Keel Michael Lahoud Amir Lowery Ike Opara Michael Parkhurst James Riley Scott Sealy Zack Schilawski Wells Thompson Marcus Tracy

Chicago Fire Philadelphia Union San Jose Earthquakes Carolina RailHawks (NASL) Degerfors IF (Sweden) Carolina RailHawks (NASL) Philadelphia Union (Head Coach) Columbus Crew New York Red Bulls Philadelphia Union Carolina RailHawks (NASL) San Jose Earthquakes FC Nordsjaelland (Denmark) Chivas USA FC Dallas Carolina RailHawks (NASL) Chicago Fire San Jose Earthquakes

Minor League Ranks Matt Antonelli Garrett Bullock Dave Bush Tim Cooney Michael Dimock Allan Dykstra Josh Ellis Brian Holmes Carlos Lopez Mike Murray Mac Williamson

Washington Nationals Houston Astros Philadelphia Phillies St. Louis Cardinals Houston Astros New York Mets Arizona Diamondbacks Houston Astros Washington Nationals San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants

WOMEN’S GOLF Laura (Philo) Diaz Maria Beautell Nannette Hill Laura Crawford Jean Chua Dolores White Natalie Sheary Michelle Shin

LPGA Has made the cut in her last 4 events; top finish is T35 at the Canadian Women’s Open European Finished T54 at the South African Women’s Open in one of three cuts made this season LPGA/Fut. Made the cut in 7 of 12 events with a top finish of T20 at Credit Union Classic Futures Played in 15 events and made eight cuts; Finished T10 at the Tate & Lyle Players Champ Futures Had 5 top-10s in 16 events and finished 15th on the money list Futures Finished T23 at the Tate & Lyle Players Champ; Made seven cuts in 15 events Futures Tied for 5th at the Island Resort Champ; made 10 cuts in 16 starts Futures Finished T7 at the Vidalia Championship in one of four cuts made

MEN’S GOLF Billy Andrade

PGA Was an analyst for the Golf Channel; Played at the Canadian Open Lee Bedford Nationwide Advanced to final stage of PGA Tour Q-School Brendan Gielow Nationwide Missed the cut in his only three events on tour this season Bill Haas PGA Won the Northern Trust Open; Had 10 top-25s in 25 events. Jay Haas Champions Won the Principle Charity Classic;Had 10 top-10s and finished 10th in the Schwab Cup Gary Hallberg Champions Finished 2nd at the Senior British Open; Had six top10s and almost $800,000 this year Scott Hoch Champions Did not play in an event this season; has three Champions Tour titles Len Mattiace Nationwide Made 5 cuts on the NW Tour and advanced to final stage of PGA Tour Q-School Kyle Reifers PGA Made the cut in 16 events and advanced to the final stage of PGA Tour Q-School Jay Sigel Champions Finished T34 at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf; Played in 7 events Curtis Strange Champions Played in seven events with a best finish of T34th Webb Simpson PGA US Open Champ; Made over $3 million this season; Was 13th on the FedEx Cup List Leonard Thompson Champions Finished T35 in his only event at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Lanny Wadkins Champions Played three events and finished T33 at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Travis Wadkins Nationwide Made eight starts and finished T57th at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open Ron Whittaker Nationwide Made the cut in 14 events with 2 top-10s; will play in final stage of Q-School

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MEN’S BASKETBALL Al-Farouq Aminu Tim Duncan Josh Howard James Johnson Chris Paul Ishmael Smith Jeff Teague Taron Downey Justin Gray Chas McFarland Nikita Mescheriakov Antwan Scott Darius Songaila Trent Strickland Kyle Visser Ty Walker David Weaver Eric Williams L.D. Williams

NBA NBA NBA NBA NBA NBA NBA Cyprus France Uruguay Italy Japan Ukraine Canada Italy France Germany Italy France

New Orleans Hornets San Antonio Spurs Utah Jazz Sacramento Kings L.A. Clippers Orlando Magic Atlanta Hawks Etha Poitiers Bohemios Acegas Aps Saitama Broncos BC Donetsk London Lightning Juve Caserta Limoges Neckar Ludwigsburg Umana VE Bourg

WOMEN’S PRO BASKETBALL Alex Tchangoue

France

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FOOTBALL Josh Bush Tyson Clabo Aaron Curry Chris DeGeare Brandon Ghee Chris Givens Joe Looney Ovie Mughelli Calvin Pace Cyhl Quarles Fred Robbins Alphonso Smith Steve Vallos Kyle Wilber Joe Zelenka

NFL NFL NFL NFL NFL NFL NFL NFL NFL NFL NFL NFL NFL NFL NFL

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Publicity of Prospective Student-Athletes

t o dd hairston A s s o c i at e At hl e t i c Director, C o m pli a n c e

It seems that every time we open up the sports page or turn on SportsCenter, we hear about the latest high-profile athlete who has verbally committed to play for a particular college. This might lead some to wonder why this information is never disseminated by the institution itself. After all, recruiting is perhaps the most important element of a successful college program, and inquiring minds want to know. The reason for this is that the NCAA has very strict rules regarding publicity of prospective student-athletes. In fact, NCAA schools are prohibited from publicizing a prospect in any way until he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent or is enrolled at the institution. As such, announcing or even confirming a verbal commitment would be a violation of NCAA rules. Additionally, it is impermissible to publicize that a recruit is making a visit to an institution.

The prohibition on publicity also includes releasing pictures or video of a prospective student-athlete. The intent behind the NCAA’s legislation is to minimize the circus atmosphere that often surrounds the recruitment of high-profile athletes. Of course, media outlets are under no such obligation. Between 24-hour sports channels, message boards and other forms of print and social media, none of us need to look very hard to find this information. So until NCAA rules change, we will need to go elsewhere to find out the latest scoop on the recruiting trail. For questions related to this or any other compliance-related issue, please contact Todd Hairston at hairstct@wfu.edu.

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