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Items from Michael Jordan’s career at North Carolina sold at auction

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Three items of Michael Jordan memorabilia from his days at the University of North Carolina sold for auction on Saturday morning through Goldin Auctions.

The three pieces from Jordan’s days in Chapel Hill include two recruiting letters — one from Bill Guthridge and one from Dean Smith — and a diploma.

The diploma sold for $20, 785, the letter from Smith sold for $27,009 and the letter from Guthridge sold for $4,732.

I’m surprised the Guthridge letter didn’t do better because it is the first letter from North Carolina to Jordan and has some really unique pieces of information.

The Dean Smith letter is pretty unbelievably awesome though. It comes after Smith visited Jordan’s home and Smith tells Jordan to call him (collect!) if he needs to.

There was some discussion as to whether the items were authentic, as Jordan’s mother, Deloris, said the letters weren’t real because she had all of the recruiting letters, but her story soon began to change and the letters were authenticated through writing samples and by multiple experts per’s Darren Rovell.

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.