Tonight, all Seligmann wants to talk about is Brown, where he will enroll this fall as a transfer student and lacrosse recruit. He asks several questions about the open curriculum, the faculty and the history department, where he will be a concentrator. He says, half-jokingly, that he would quit his internship on the spot if he could start the semester the next day. After a nightmarish year spent in the national spotlight, hounded by the media and the thought of spending the beginning of his adult life in prison, the 21-year-old Seligmann now has a destination, and he's ready to be a college student again . . . he wants everyone at Brown to know who he really is. "I hope that anyone who's not supportive takes the time to meet me, because I want to meet them," Seligmann says. The line may be rehearsed, a by-product of spending a year under scrutiny and giving interviews to 60 Minutes, The Today Show and Newsweek. But Seligmann looks like he means it.I think that Woo's interpretation is correct.
The article also features the first significant interview with Brown coach Lars Tiffany about Seligmann's decision to come to Brown. Woo reports that Tiffany, before considering recruiting Seligmann, spoke "with many in the lacrosse community who knew Seligmann. He heard the same from everyone he spoke to: If you know this kid, then you know he couldn't have done it."
Tiffany also shared an amusing vignette about the recruitment process, recalling that he asked Seligmann to share with him every possible negative event that might come up. The response? "Coach, my freshman year, there was a party in my hallway, and all of us got written up for it." (That's the record that led Wendy Murphy to compare Seligmann to Hitler.)
As to Seligmann's talents on the field, Tiffany observed that "he's got a strong, accurate shot, and because of his frame, he can power dodge you, just run over you."
From the other side, Woo spoke to a lacrosse player who had quit the team before Seligmann's recruitment. The former player, ironically a North Carolina native, made a hooded theat of protests against Seligmann's decision to attend the school. Brown, of course, has a reputation as an unusually activist campus. But I somehow doubt that many students at Brown, or anyplace else for that matter, are going to take up the "something happened" mantra of the discredited Mike Nifong.