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William F. Reed
November 19, 1990
On those days when he's feeling blue, when he hasn't been able to get anything done because the telephone just won't stop ringing, Arthur J. McAfee will sit back in his office chair and study the 25 glossy 8 X 10 photos on the bulletin board just opposite his desk. Every one of his Morehouse College basketball teams is there, the bad ones as well as the good, and it always comforts McAfee to look at the rows of faces and think about how many of the players later became doctors, lawyers or successful businessmen.
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November 19, 1990

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James Walker, the Tigers' starting point guard in 1989-90 and the only player not returning this season, graduated with a degree in business administration. His replacement is expected to be junior Jalal Hazzard, a son of Walt Hazzard, the former UCLA player and coach. Jalal was born in Atlanta when his father was playing for the Atlanta Hawks, but he came to Morehouse from Crenshaw High in Los Angeles. "I told my dad when I was in the 10th grade that I wanted to go to Morehouse," Hazzard says. "I wanted a traditional black college, plus I knew about Dr. King and all the other leaders who had gone here."

Brewer, who played for McAfee from 1977 to '80, drives a Mercedes equipped with a phone, but that's about the only sign of luxury surrounding the Morehouse program. The team's gym has only 2,500 bleacher seats and occupies the second floor of S.H. Archer Hall. McAfee's office, on the third floor, has a big picture window from which McAfee can watch practice. The facilities are modest, but McAfee hopes that newly installed lights will help the team attract more TV exposure and that Atlanta's successful bid to get the 1996 Olympics will somehow enable Morehouse to obtain the funds necessary to expand its gym.

Besides coaching, McAfee also has been Morehouse's athletic director for 21 years. The school, out of its general fund, gives him a $350,000 budget—down the road at Georgia Tech, the athletic budget is about $10 million—from which McAfee awards 42 scholarships for four sports, including football. After grants, McAfee is left with only about $100,000 for equipment, travel and other expenses for all of Morehouse's five athletic teams. A booster club, the Torchbearers, supplies the athletes with books and pays for the postseason banquets.

As costs go up, so do McAfee's budget pressures, which is why he's talking more often now about turning the basketball program over to Brewer so he can concentrate on his AD duties. "Hey, Coach," says Brewer, "I don't care about that. I just want to be with you."

Such talk pleases McAfee. His players, past and present, are extremely special to him, more special than any trophy. And yet McAfee admits that he would soon like to pin to the bulletin board the photo of a national championship team. Now, that would be something truly worth gazing upon, long after McAfee's rolls of tape are only dim, twisted memories.

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