For most of my generation, Virginia had been that team. They could win in the regular season. They could win in the ACC tournament. They could, absolutely, unequivocally, certainly not win in March.
Willie’s got every Seminole there ever was pumped up about the #TaggartEra. Hell, even if you’re not a Nole, Coach T’s probably got you itchin’ to #DoSomething.
It could affect the paradigm of three levels of basketball. This system could continue to prop up the fame and following of said stars, following them to the high school-NBA gap year where they are money-mules for the NCAA.
The NCAA has always had this stranglehold on its student-athletes, but social media is taking baby steps toward a loosening of its grip. One tweet, blog, and YouTube video at a time.
Players today transcend the field. Their personality (or brand) reaches far from the 20-yard line.