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How UMBC guard Jairus Lyles and UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski reached 'BFF' status

How UMBC guard Jairus Lyles and UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski reached 'BFF' status

As Dr. Freeman Hrabowski scrolled through the text log on his iPhone in his 10th-floor office earlier this week, going back in time to find the day when Jairus Lyles wrote to say that he would be returning to UMBC, he stopped to smile at a photo.

They text regularly, the university president and the Retrievers men’s basketball team’s star guard, so much so that Hrabowski joked they’ve reached “BFF” status — best friends forever. But for as often as they buzz each other’s phone with notes of mutual admiration, there is maybe nothing more fundamental in 21st-century relationships than proof of proximity, a moment together captured for posterity.

So, yes, of course they’ve...

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