March 31, 2011 1:08 pm ET by Kyle Whelliston
As the crowd cheered, Falwell turned to a sweatshirted teenage boy seated with friends across the aisle.Matt Dunton never ended up playing Division I college basketball, Jerry Falwell died soon thereafter, and there was no NCAA investigation. But back then, my story triggered the "potential impermissible contact" button. I reported that both Dunton and Falwell were smiling, fully cognizant of the man with the notebook and tape recorder next to them, and that it was clearly a joke between two people who clearly knew each other well.
"Can you make that play Blair just made, son?"
It was Matt Dunton, son of Liberty coach Randy Dunton. Matt is a junior point guard for local Brookville High who dropped 28 points in his game the other night.
"Yes sir, I can," came the respectful reply.
Falwell beckoned him over, summoned him close. He wrapped the young man's hand in his.
"I hope you consider coming to LU," the master recruiter whispered. "We've got a place for you."
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