If you can't draw negative conclusions about a young man and his family after reading a one-sentence TBar post on the Mat forum, when can you?
The phones in the Conaway house kept ringing the day after Liberty University announced it was dropping its varsity wrestling program in March 2011.
One college coach after another called to reach Jordan Conaway, then a New Oxford senior not more than a month removed from winning the first state wrestling title in school history.
As Conaway spoke on the phone with Nebraska wrestling coach Mark Manning, another phone rang in the other room. His dad and high school coach, Dave, answered.
"Hello?" Dave said.
"Is this Jordan Conaway?" a deep, commanding voice asked on the other end.
"No, this is his dad," Dave responded.
"This is Cael Sanderson," said the Penn State coach, whose name resonates with wrestlers the way the name Michael Jordan resonates with basketball players. Before leading the Nittany Lions to four national titles and counting as a coach, Sanderson went 159-0 during his college career and won four national championships at Iowa State from 1998-2002.
Dave took the phone and sprinted into the other room to get Jordan's attention.
â€œIâ€™m thinking, 'This is the No. 1 guy in the country, you need to get off the phone,'â€ Dave Conaway remembers with a chuckle.