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Frank McGuire (1916-1994) with the 1961 Men's Basketball Team

In 1961, Friday discovered that gamblers bribed Carolina basketball players to shave points during games. One of Carolina's all-American athletes, Doug Moe, admitted he had taken bribes, and Chancellor Aycock suspended him. The gambling scandal also spread to the Dixie Classic, a popular tournament that featured the Big Four basketball colleges—N. C. State, Carolina, Wake Forest, and Duke. To stop the corruption, Friday abolished the tournament and imposed other punishments. McGuire soon resigned, and many fans resented the loss of the Dixie Classic.