Monday, March 24, 2008

Actor, Singer, Host John Davidson "Couldn't Be Prouder" Of His University's NCAA Run

Las Vegas, NV. (Mar. 24) - Actor, singer, talk show and game show host John Davidson says he "couldn't be prouder" of what Davidson University, named after him, has done in the NCAA basketball tournament.

Tenth-seeded Davidson -- the school -- upset no. 4 seed Georgetown yesterday to advance to the tourney's Sweet 16, reaching the Midwest Regional Final Four.

And the school's namesake spoke out about the success before a show last night at Caesars Palace.

"Thrilled ... just thrilled. I knew those young men could do it," the 66-year-old Davidson said. "The school was supposed to initially be targeting the fine arts, but a few years ago they said a few of the kids were fooling around with basketball, and would I mind if that was added to the curriculum.

"I'm glad I gave the go-ahead," Davidson said of adding basketball to the school's athletic program in 1999. The sport joined billiards, darts, slow-pitch softball, and intramural volleyball in time for the 2000-01 season.

Davidson said he "caught a few minutes" of the win over Georgetown "in between rehearsal sets", but that he hoped to be in Detroit for the school's next game -- Friday against Wisconsin.

"Tell those kids that Mr. Davidson wants to see the scrappiest, spunkiest group of young men to ever lace up a basketball," Davidson said in a statement released by his publicist. "I'm looking forward to seeing Steven Carry shoot that ball," Davidson said in the statement, apparently referring to star guard Stephen Curry.

Davidson, 28-6, won the Southern Conference, besting schools such as Winfrey College, Van Halen State, and the Joey Bishop College of Comedy.

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