Although pleased that a book about Wolfpack basketball won't be printed by Simon & Schuster, North Carolina State chancellor Bruce Poulton says the damage to the program and the school has already been done.
"Needless to say, we are pleased about this decision. But I'd be remiss if I didn't say to you that, for some of us, it's anti-climatic," Poulton told a news conference hours after it was announced the the book, "Personal Fouls," would not be printed by Simon & Schuster."I think the reputation of our university has suffered irrevocably from the constant barrage of innuendo voiced in the local press over the last six weeks," Poulton said.
Excerpts of the book, based on book jacket blurbs, were published in The News and Observer of Raleigh last month. According to the published story, the jacket listed allegations of improper gifts to players and grade changes. It also alleged that a player deliberately lost N.C. State's first-round game in the 1987 NCAA tournament to avoid detection for drug use.
Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, said the decision not to proceed with publication of "Personal Fouls" was made after a review of the manuscript with Peter Golenbock, the author. The publisher had been warned by the North Carolina attorney general to be sure of its facts.
"I am very pleased with this decision and want to express my appreciation to Simon & Schuster for taking the time to conduct a careful and complete review of the manuscript," N.C. State coach Jim Valvano said in a written statement.
Poulton said the school was still pondering the possibility of legal action.