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Coach becomes cheerleader tonight on ‘Deal or No Deal'

If youre a fan of NBCs mega-hit television show, Deal or No Deal, tune in at 8 tonight on WSMV-Channel 4, Nashville, to see a familiar face.

Charles Bubba Wells, APSU assistant basketball coach, will be advising and cheering on his girlfriend, Tracee Jones, Tennessee State University basketball coach, who is one of tonights contestants.

Jones chose her mother, boss and Wells to be on stage with her. It will be tonight, and well finish our show Monday nightso two nights of excitement, Wells confirmed today.
If you're a fan of NBC's mega-hit television show, “Deal or No Deal,” tune in at 8 tonight on WSMV-Channel 4, Nashville, to see a familiar face.

Charles “Bubba” Wells, APSU assistant basketball coach, will be advising and cheering on his girlfriend, Tracee Jones, Tennessee State University basketball coach, who is one of tonight's contestants.

Jones chose her mother, boss and Wells to be on stage with her. “It will be tonight, and we'll finish our show Monday nightso two nights of excitement,” Wells confirmed today.

Known as the man who broke the legendary Fly Williams' scoring record for a single season, Wells gained national fame when he played for the Governors and was considered by many to be the most popular player in Ohio Valley Conference history.

It was his senior year that drew nationwide attention. He missed the season's first 12 games with a stress fracture of his left tibia, requiring surgery to place a tibial nail in the lower leg. He had undergone similar surgery in the 1994-95 season, needing five months to recover.

But his senior year, the rehab process took less than five weeks. In his first game, with tibial nail in place, Wells scored 39 points in 28 minutes, which resulted in his being featured in USA Today. Subsequently, NBC's “Today” show did a seven-minute feature on Wells, titled “The Real Rod Man.”

After graduation, Wells was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks. He later played for the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Harlem Globetrotters before returning to coach for his alma mater.

As required by the show's producers, Wells is prohibited from telling how much money, if any, was won by Jones in “Deal or No Deal.” — Dennie B. Burke