James B. Hunt, Jr. reflects on what he learned from the chancellor and other faculty leaders during the 1950s basketball recruiting controversy. Interview on May 29, 2012. (2:05)


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But I learned a lot too from the adult leadership at the university. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:08.179
As student body president I met every week with the chancellor, the president of the faculty senate, and myself, three of us, 00:00:08.179 - 00:00:20.699
and I learned a lot about the issues that the university was facing, why they tried to do certain things, why they couldn't do certain things that we students wanted. 00:00:20.699 - 00:00:33.622
I learned about team leadership, how you have to work together to get things done. 00:00:33.622 - 00:00:40.858
I recall being student body president when NC State was put on probation by the NCAA for basketball recruiting violations. 00:00:40.858 - 00:00:54.056
That was one of the toughest times in the history of the university. 00:00:54.056 - 00:00:57.959
We recruited a student named Jackie Moreland from Louisiana who was a great basketball player. 00:00:57.959 - 00:01:04.232
Unfortunately we also offered a scholarship to his girlfriend 00:01:04.232 - 00:01:11.027
that we were going to pay for, not exactly within the rules. 00:01:11.027 - 00:01:15.933
Another occasion, I think another year, perhaps the year before that, and for that violation they almost threatened to kick us out of the NCAA. 00:01:15.933 - 00:01:26.280
Not just put us on probation, throw us out. 00:01:26.280 - 00:01:30.123
I think it was the year before that that we had recruiting violations, and I think all five players that we recruited, probably all from Indiana, 00:01:30.123 - 00:01:40.042
they told us we couldn't take any of them because we'd violated the rules of recruiting. It was tough. State was maybe the best basketball program in America, 00:01:40.042 - 00:01:48.288
but boy, we were aggressive in trying to get the best players and we violated plenty of rules. Now we have maybe the cleanest program. [Laughs] 00:01:48.288 - 00:01:58.708

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