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N.C. State's T.J. Graham

Four years ago, I wrote a story for The Sun about how an unnamed track and field coach had cooperated with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in an investigation of an undetectable steroid being used by top athletes.

The coach turned out to be Trevor Graham, who once coached now-disgraced track stars Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones.

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Earlier this month, Graham was sentenced to one year of home confinement for making false statements in connection with the BALCO steroids investigation.

I began thinking about all that recently after I noticed that Graham's son, T.J., is a member of the N.C. State team that plays the Terps tomorrow.

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Everyone should have the opportunity to write their own story, and T.J. is writing his. He has already set a Wolfpack record for kickoff return yardage.

The younger Graham ran track in high school, and was sometimes dogged by what the Raleigh News & Observer called in 2007 the "cloud of suspicion that surrounds his father."

The paper quoted T.J., then still in high school, saying: "Even when I'm running fast now, people have the nerve to say something about some steroids."

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