The Classic: How Everett Case and His Tournament Brought Big-Time Basketball to the South

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Before Everett Case came south to coach at N. C. State, football was the region's big sport. Within a few years, though, Case and his Indiana-style basketball changed all that. And nothing showcased the South's new obsession better than the Dixie Classic, Case's holiday tournament hosted at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, North Carolina. Each year from 1949 to 1960, N. C. State, Duke, Wake Forest, and the University of North Carolina invited the top teams from the rest of the country to come spar with them. "The Dixie Classic was probably the foremost holiday tournament in the country." Woody Durham, play-by-play announcer for the UNC Tar Heels, 1971-2011 "It was as great as any event I've ever attended, of any kind, including political conventions." Former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt A cast of characters that includes Frank McGuire, Bones McKinney, Oscar Robertson, Billy Packer, and "Jumpin' Johnny" Green, along with Coach Case, the best college hoops stars of the fifties, and Mob-connected gamblers from New York, combine to make The Classic a great read. From exciting basketball action to the scandalous revelations of point-shaving which brought the tournament to a sudden end, The Classic tells the untold story of a tournament that helped transform a state and brought big-time basketball to the South.

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Bethany Bradsher has been covering North Carolina athletics for the past sixteen years and has been a journalist since 1990. She is the author of Coaching Third: The Keith LeClair Story, which was published by Whitecaps Media in 2010. In 1995 as a sportswriter for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, she covered the inaugural two seasons of the Carolina Panthers and the preparations for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. She has written for the Associated Press, the Durham Herald-Sun, the Orlando Sentinel, and the Houston Post, as well as many magazines. She and her husband Sid live in Greenville, North Carolina, with their four children.

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