The Classic: How Everett Case and His Tournament

The Classic: How Everett Case and His Tournament

Author(s): Bethany Bradsher

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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