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.
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.
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.
Former Purdue captain challenges President Obama to shooting contest in local political Super Bowl ad (VIDEO)
Former Purdue basketball captain Curt Clawson is challenging President Obama to a shooting contest in a new commercial that ran locally during the Super Bowl.
Clawson, a member of Purdue’s basketball team under Gene Keady from 1981-84 and a captain on Purdue’s 1984 Big Ten Championship team, is a Republican candidate for the Florida House running in the special election to replace resigned Rep. Trey Radel, also a Republican. Radel resigned last month after federal agents caught the first-term congressman buying cocaine in Washington.
“I’m Curt Clawson. I’m challenging President Obama to a three-point contest. I wanna take on Obama in Congress, so why not start on the court?” Clawson says in the 30-second ad. “Obama’s been missing a lot of shots lately, and not just in basketball.”
According to Fox News, the ad played during the Super Bowl in the district that Clawson is running in before the game — and also at halftime — and cost about $200,000 to run.
The special election for Radal’s seat has not yet been scheduled and no comment has been made from President Obama, according to Fox News.
Last night’s Michigan State/Iowa game proved to be one of the more entertaining contests played to this point in the season, with the 7th-ranked Spartans needing overtime to beat the 15th-ranked Hawkeyes in Iowa City. And given the fact that both teams entered the game ranked in the Top 15, obviously most college basketball fans would want to tune in.
That was the case for President Barack Obama, well-known by this point as an avid fan of the game. Unfortunately for him, staffers had other ideas as to how the President would use his time ahead of giving his State of the Union address.
Told that in the Capitol hold room Obama wanted ESPN but said staff prefer he watch the filing in on C-SPAN ahead of #SOTU
Hopefully the President has DVR (and remembered to record the game), because he missed a good one. And if anything he would have missed overtime anyway, so maybe the staffers did him a favor by dissuading him from watching the Spartans and Hawkeyes to begin with.
With rumors of President Barack Obama and the first family showing up at the Diamond Head Classic on Sunday evening flying around, it became clear that the matchup between Oregon State and Akron wasn’t just any other game. The president had attended four games featuring his brother-in-law’s team prior to Sunday, and he was a good luck charm of sorts as the Beavers won each of those contests.
That good fortune came to an end for Oregon State however, as Demetrius Treadwell posted a double-double with 24 points and ten rebounds and Nyles Evans added 17 to lead Akron to the 83-71 victory. What the president and his family observed was a lesson in both toughness and execution, as Akron was the better team in both regards against Oregon State.
Akron rebounded more than 36% of its missed shots, and they also outscored the Beavers in both points off of turnovers (16-8) and second chance points (15-8). And to add insult to injury for Oregon State, center Angus Brandt went town with a right knee injury with his status being undetermined at this point in time. Brandt missed much of last season after tearing the ACL in that knee, and he’s an important member of Oregon State’s interior rotation.
That’s especially been the case this season, with Devon Collier and Eric Moreland both having to deal with suspensions to start the season. Collier’s back in the fold but Moreland won’t be for another five games, making Brandt’s contributions even more important. Brandt played just 12 minutes against Akron, finishing with two points on the night. Roberto Nelson scored 20 points, but he shot 4-for-15 from the field in reaching that point total.
Next up for the Zips is a semifinal matchup with No. 17 Iowa State, and that contest represents a major opportunity for both Akron and the Mid-American conference. And given how tough Keith Dambrot’s players play most opponents, the Cyclones will have their hands full with the defending MAC tournament champions.