NC State fans were disappointed on Selection Sunday when they learned the Wolfpack men’s basketball team would not be participating in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
The Wolfpack will instead participate in the NIT Tournament, facing Hofstra on Tuesday in Raleigh.
While there were multiple explanations as to why the Wolfpack was snubbed by the NCAA Selection Committee, one in particular caught fans by surprise:
It has been revealed that actress Lori Loughlin, who recently came under scrutiny for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal, is a close friend of Wolfpack forward Wyatt Walker.
According to the team manager, Loughlin had given free shampoo and conditioner to Walker, courtesy of her new product line, Aunt Becky with the Good Hair.
Walker insists, however, that there has been no wrongdoing by either him or Loughlin.
“She’s just a mentor,” Walker said. “She gives me advice on my hair, that’s it.”
One member of the Selection committee, however, was more skeptical of the Loughlin-Walker friendship.
“We’re talking about an actress who used bribes to get her kids accepted into USC,” one of the committee members (who wishes to remain anonymous) said. “If Walker is receiving any sort of gifts and/or benefits, then there needs to be an investigation. We simply could not, in good conscience, award North Carolina State an NCAA invitation because of the uncertainty surrounding this issue.”
Walker has hired an attorney, Wilton Hampshire, who met with reporters Monday.
“I have come to the conclusion that the NCAA, and many anti-Wolfpack critics are just jealous,” Walker’s attorney, Wilton Hampshire, told reporters, “I mean, when’s the last time you saw a mane as glorious as my client’s?”
“In time, the public will learn just how desperate the NCAA was to keep my client out of the biggest college basketball tournament in the country, all because of hair jealousy.”
Loughlin could not be reached for comment.