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Out of the Darkness
GRANT WAHL
October 17, 2005
When Darius Washington missed the biggest shots of his life, costing Memphis a trip to the NCAA tournament, his emotional collapse became a moment of TV infamy. But Tigers fans, instead of vilifying him, have embraced their fallen star
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October 17, 2005

Out Of The Darkness

When Darius Washington missed the biggest shots of his life, costing Memphis a trip to the NCAA tournament, his emotional collapse became a moment of TV infamy. But Tigers fans, instead of vilifying him, have embraced their fallen star

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Memphis certainly has reason for optimism. The Tigers are in the top 15 of most preseason polls. They have one of the country's most highly rated freshman classes, and both Washington and senior forward Rodney Carney were among 50 players named to the preseason list for the Wooden Award. Perhaps best of all, their star playmaker has a legion of new fans, many of whom have never followed Memphis basketball. Fans who just want to know, Is Darius Washington O.K.?

"I'm O.K.," he says, his once-quivering lower lip stretched into a beatific smile. "I'm O.K."

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