Stephen A Smith tells the story of how he transitioned from playing basketball at Winston Salem State University to joining the school newspaper –“I cracked my kneecap in half my first year,” Smith said, explaining why his basketball dreams had him temporarily sidelined. During his injury timeout, Smith said his mom began asking if he had a plan B in mind for his career.
Smith’s coach was the legendary Clarence Edward “Big House” Gaines Sr., who coached at the school for 47 years. Smith, in his new role on the school paper, decided to write an opinion piece about why his coach should retire. It didn’t go over well with the coach, or the school, to put it mildly.