" Coach Valvano is a great coach and person."
" Coach Valvano loves N.C. State."
June 23: "I
feel that you can be the number one player picked in the pro draft."
June 30 (to Mrs.
Washburn): "Chris means the world to me."
week, Washburn injured his right knee at a basketball camp. Valvano assured
Chris in a letter that he was still the Wolfpack's "main man," adding,
"If we can help you in any way with the rehabilitation process let us
know." Abatemarco wrote that N.C. State's weight-training coach, Wright
Wayne, "will be available any time you need help with the rehabilitation
process." Such an offer, if intended to include special rehabilitative
treatment, would violate NCAA rules. "What I meant," Abatemarco says
now, "was that Wright Wayne could send Chris some information."
By late summer,
Washburn and his mother were receiving letters from the Wolfpack coaches almost
(Abatemarco to Mrs. Washburn): "Chris is very important to us as a player
Aug. 5 (Valvano
to Washburn): "I've never met someone who enjoys life and lives it to the
fullest as much as you do."
(Abatemarco to Washburn): "[ Valvano's] new clothing line has pants with
checks in it! Ha! Ha!"
(Abatemarco to Washburn): "Remember this saying. It will appear all over
our state and all over the United States. The Pack is back with Washburn. When
you announce you are coming to State this will be the cry around the