July 11, 2005
July 11, 2005

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July 11, 2005

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
Pro Basketball
Motor Sports
Summer Double Issue


The former Louisville bruiser is now in the business of comfort

By Julia Morrill

After three more seasons at Louisville, McCray graduated and played three years in the NBA and one in France. Then he returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach, working with Denny Crum for 10 seasons before he was reassigned within the athletic department after he was found to have violated NCAA rules. (Using his own credit card, McCray secured a discounted hotel room for the father of Cardinals forward Nate Johnson.) When he couldn't get another job, "I decided to close that chapter," he says of his coaching career.

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Now McCray is a part-owner of three La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in the Louisville area. He lives in Prospect, Ky., with his wife, Terryl, and their eight-year-old son, Malyiek. Their daughter, Tarryn, 17, was part of her own national championship team in high school for cheerleading and will be a freshman at Louisville this fall. Several of his former teammates are loyal customers, and Crum once bought five recliners and two sofas for a home theater he was adding to his house. "With the exception of Coach," McCray jokes, "they're all looking for discounts." --Julia Morrill

[ Louisville's 1980 NCAA Championship Team ]


Tony Branch G 1.6 Athletic director, Jeffersonville (Ind.) High School

Wiley Brown C 10.4 Assistant to athletic director, University of Louisville

Roger Burkman G 3.9 A.D. and men's basketball coach, Spalding University, Louisville

Steve Clark G 0.3 Vice president, Sun Belt General Contractors, Knoxville, Tenn.

Daryl Cleveland F 1.9 Shipping and receiving supervisor, Hamilton Printing, Louisville

Greg Deuser G 1.5 Portfolio manager, National City Bank, Louisville

Jerry Eaves G 7.7 Men's basketball coach, North Carolina A&T, Greensboro

Darrell Griffith G 22.9 Founder and president of Metro Enterprises, Louisville

Rodney McCray F 7.8 Owner, CMD Custom Building, Houston

Scooter McCray F 4.7 Part-owner of three La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Louisville

Marty Pulliam C 0.5 Pressman, R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Danville, Ky.

Derek Smith F 14.8 Died Aug. 9, 1996, of a heart attack

Poncho Wright G-F 6.5 Works in medical services industry, Indianapolis

COLOR PHOTOBILL FRAKES (TOP)SITTING PRETTY With his new job, McCray no longer has to worry about riding any pine.COLOR PHOTOMANNY MILLAN (MCCRAY IN ACTION) [See Caption Above]