Central Florida, it turns out, had an ally in its recruitment of Ware: Kenneth Caldwell, a Chicago man with a substantial criminal record and apparent ties to a prominent sports agency. Ware said Caldwell called him repeatedly to talk up Central Florida, traveled to Atlanta to meet with his family and even arranged joint phone conversations with the university’s basketball coach, Donnie Jones, and his staff — contact prohibited by the N.C.A.A.
To follow up on the challenge of dealing with Collaros, what do you need to do better to defend that kind of quarterback?
We didn't contain. Even when they did contain, when they brought [Jeff Godfrey] in, he was fresh legged and we were tired legged. We got a little sloppy. We let him out of the pocket on two or three different occasions, where all we had to do was contain him. The rush was coming from the back side and we could have gotten him down and gotten him off the football field.
[Defensive end Bruce Miller] was one of many veterans on the Knights' roster who played their first college football game against the Wolfpack in 2007. He got his first career sack during the Knights' memorable 25-23 upset at N.C. State.
When he was asked what he remembered from the N.C. State win, Miller grinned and said, "Sack for a safety. I remember Kevin Smith running down the sideline. I remember 85,000 fans screaming. I was like, `Holy cow, this is cool.' "
The crowd wasn't quite that big. N.C. State announced an crowd of 57,283 at Carter-Finley Stadium, but Miller's teammates agree the atmosphere was intense.