THE DUNK YOU'LL NEVER SEE, cried the
Indeed, it did. In a story that has since morphed into the basketball version of Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster and UFOs in Roswell, Xavier's
"It's been a crazy week, but now I really need to get back to regular life and look for a job," said Miller, who graduated in May with a broadcast journalism degree and a minor in public policy and entrepreneurship.
Miller worked at the camp as a credentialed media member for Syracuse.com, which covers news in central New York. Before arriving in Akron -- the trip from Rochester cost him $150, including food and gas for his 1995 Honda Civic -- Miller called some contacts at ESPNU who told him they would be interested in some B-roll footage. He was working solely for the experience -- an unpaid gig. Then came the dunk, the removal of the tape by Nike and a kid becoming part of a major story.
During the past week, Miller has done some print, radio and TV interviews, though he drew the line when
"I'm not sure if I should give them a call to see if I can get some information about whether the tape is gone or whether I'll get it back," he said. "I was thinking about giving them a call in the next few days, but I'm not sure how receptive they will be."
Miller said he been contacted by lawyers but is unlikely to pursue any legal channels to get the tape back. He says what he really wants is a job as a television or multimedia reporter. He is the first member of his family to earn a four-year college degree.
"Even though my name might be linked to this in the near future, hopefully I can make a name for myself for my journalism, reporting or an on-air presence," he said.
As for the dunk, like most folklore, the reality is far from the legend.
"The mystique of this dunk has built up so much," Miller said. "To be completely honest with you, if there was video of the dunk, and I honestly don't even know how well I shot it, there is just no way that dunk can exceed the expectations that have been built up around it."
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