Sport: It's Always Too Soon to Quit

The short dynasty of Houston, the sweet destiny of N.C. State

As unlikely stories go, the ending of the college basketball season last week went way past irony, nearly all the way to poetry. Of many possible settings for its showcase, the National Collegiate Athletic Association selected Albuquerque, where two years ago a judge pointed to the easy morals of the community in declining to punish former University of New Mexico Coach Norm Ellenberger for fraud in the name of recruiting. The Lobos' gym lent to the N.C.A.A. for this occasion, the Final Four,...

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