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NO TRICK: DEAN SMITH TO MEET WITH STUDENT GROUP ON NIKE ISSUE

          Former UNC basketball Coach Dean Smith "plans to meet
     Friday with a student group that opposes the school's" $7.1M
     contract with Nike, according to USA TODAY.  In a letter sent
     last week to the student-run Nike Awareness Campaign, Smith
     said he wanted to hear more about "alleged sweatshop
     conditions" in overseas factories.  The group originally
     approached new UNC basketball Coach Bill Guthridge "about
     getting involved," but Smith "was the one who responded to
     the group's request."  Smith had a personal contract with
     Nike before retiring earlier this month.  Todd Pugatch, a
     member of the campaign, said the purpose of the meeting was
     not to persuade Smith to join their cause, but "just to speak
     with him and present him with our point of view."   Students
     have also asked that some of the money from the school's nine
     Nike contracts be donated to Amnesty International, the
     world's largest human rights organization (USA TODAY, 10/31).

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