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N.C. State’s Cat Barber sends apology to President Obama after profane outburst


North Carolina State sophomore Cat Barber helped lead the Wolfpack to an improbable run to the Sweet 16 as a No. 8 seed. After a win in the Round of 32 over No. 1 seed Villanova, Barber was caught on video going on a profane outburst directed at President Barack Obama. Obama had picked Villanova to reach the Final Four in his bracket.

The video — which caught Barber motivating himself by using the perceived slights of another to get himself pumped up like many competitors tend to do — drew national attention since it was directed at the Commander in Chief.

Barber apologized to President Obama on Twitter on Monday, but he went a step further by sending an email through an N.C. State connection to the White House on Tuesday.

According to a story from Joe Giglio of the News Observer, Barber’s email apology was given to Obama’s former White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, who is an N.C. State graduate.

The email found its way to the President and Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried said the apology was accepted.

“He understood and he knew it was in the heat of the moment and accepted the apology,” Gottfried said of President Obama’s response.

Gottfried went on to say Barber’s reaction after the win was “100 percent in the heat of the moment, in a fun way.” He still wanted Barber to apologize and it’s probably the right move for all parties involved. Now the Wolfpack can move on and focus on their Sweet 16 against No. 4 seed Louisville this week.

Barack Obama sends letter to Michigan senior Jordan Morgan after his graduation (PHOTO)


Jordan Morgan had a solid senior season for Michigan, averaging 6.4 points and five rebounds per game on 70 percent shooting from the field in 20.1 minutes per game. The 6-foot-8 senior really stepped up his play in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, as well, as Morgan went for multiple double-doubles and was a key member of Michigan’s run to the Elite Eight.

And although Michigan fell short of a second consecutive Final Four, Morgan moves on as a graduate from the university as the big man received his master’s degree in manufacturing engineering after receiving his bachelor’s in industrial and operational engineering.

Pretty cool that Morgan received a letter from the President as a college graduate after a solid playing career.

(H/T: Big Ten Network)

Barack-etology: President Obama fills out his bracket (PHOTO)



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As has become tradition, ESPN’s Andy Katz got with President Barack Obama for this year’s Barack-etology.

And while you may disagree with his ability to run a country, I think you have to admit that the man knows his hoops. His Final Four: Michigan State beating Florida and Louisville knocking off Arizona only to have the Spartans win the title.

But here’s my quibble: pick an upset, Mr. President! He only picked three double-digit seeds to win a game, and one of them was Arizona State, a No. 10 seed.