Carpenter, Gene 2004-03-05

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Gene Carpenter is a former men’s basketball player having played on the Texas Tech University team during the early fifties. In this interview Gene addresses his career in the sports industry from past to present, giving account for the changes that have taken place. He also discusses flaws in the system, how the media has influenced sports, and also how the professional area of sports affects high school and college level athletes.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Gene Carpenter

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Date: March 05, 2004

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez

Length: 01:29:18


Introductory statements; Birth place and date; Parent information; Family; Grandparents; Growing up in Big Spring; Late start at basketball; Coach Larry; Scholarship to play at Texas Tech; Growth spurt; Starting at Tech; Development; Freshman year transition; His first season; The “Barn” 10; Season and conference; Southern Methodist University; Polk Robinson’s coaching abilities; What coach did for them to grow; Defense; Opposing coaches and teams demonstrating strength; Games today; Games then; Setting the stage: growth of the team; Texas Tech’s academic growth; What could have caused downturn in the Southwest Conference; How rules have changed; Idea of a stipend for athletes; Graduating; Players now vs. then; Black athletes; Changes in sportsmanship; Wanting attention; Pro athletics; Role of the media; From high school to professional; Students leaving early affects on college programs; Thoughts on coaching transitions; The press; Bob Knight; Coach Snyder; Mike Leach; Atmosphere in the “barn”; Lubbock Municipal Coliseum; United Spirit Arena; Closing.

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