Witherspoon writes for Carver's newspaper. While covering the basketball team he finds out Jackson is involved in a betting ring. Witherspoon must decide between exposing Jackson or repressing the truth.
Reeves convinces the parents of an academically gifted student to let him join the team. Although good at basketball, young Randy seems to lack endurance. Unbeknownst to everybody he has some internal problems causing his death.
Jeff Simpson joins the team. For a time he is able to hide a big secret, he is deaf. The players assume his lack of social participation is a stuck up attitude. Its only a matter of time before the truth shows itself.
Due to a house fire, Coolidge is forced to spend a few weeks with Coach. Coolidge is enjoying the roommate atmosphere and finds the coach less strict than his mother he does begin to wear thin his welcome with the coach.
Coach Reeves teaches sex education and the subject is VD. The startling reality hits home when two of the basketball team's leading players may be infected after encountering the same girl. Friendships and confidence is tested.
Mack Wade, a "can't-miss" basketball prospect, transfers to Carver to finish out high school. Wade has tons of scholarship offers from colleges, both academic and athletic. However, when Wade starts having troubles in the classroom, Coach Reeves realizes Mack has been passed through because of his basketball potential, even though he's a group two functional illiterate.
Christmas is approaching. Sybil Buchanan is pregnant and ready to reunite with her husband. While he isn't a bad man, he isn't quite as strong on commitment as a husband and father needs to be. Some very important decisions are made.
When Salami hurts his knee in a pickup basketball game he is prescribed some painkillers. Word gets out to a school drug distributor that he has then he becomes pressured to sell some. When busted, he blames Salami.
Salami is struggling in history and that's threatening to get him suspended from the team. His teacher, an attractive lady of about 30, tutors him but the tutorial session leads to an unexpected and inappropriate affair.
Coach Reeves is invited to golf at a country club. He sees it as a chance to show a few members of the team not only golf, but also refinement. Unbeknownst to Reeves the exclusive country club is racial. An unexpected lesson is learned.
Coach urges players with the basketball season winding down, joining the baseball team is a good way to keep fit. A few guys agree particularly 'New York' but the baseball manager is burned out with the job and only remains for a paycheck.
A high school team from the Soviet Union decides to make a stop and Carver and play the team in an exhibition game. There is some tension, but the two teams warm up to one another and establish a friendship, especially Hayward and one of the Soviets. However, when that player decides to defect and Hayward decides to help him it almost causes an international incident.
Coolidge is offered a role on a television series about life on an inner-city high school campus. His character becomes a hit and soon all the adulation goes to his head and causes him to forget where he came from.
As graduation approaches, Hayward begins the process of applying for various scholarships with little success. In the meantime, Goldstein gets awarded a scholarship but for some reason refuses it. Goldstein then makes a very important decision that will change his life for a few years even without going to college. Also, Ken is invited to go on a tour of Europe with several of his fellow teachers, but when he finds out that the first week of the tour coincides with the US Open golf tournament he cancels out even though it means he might mess up his relationship with ...