UMBC draws the attention of high-profile figures, notable alumni amid historic NCAA tournament run
By Brian Compere
The Baltimore Sun|
Mar 18, 2018 at 8:05 PM
Ahead of UMBC’s next matchup in the men’s basketball NCAA tournament Sunday night, the program and school continued to enjoy high-profile attention unlike any it’s received before.
The No. 16 seed became the first to ever beat a No. 1 seed in the men’s tournament with a 74-54 upset of Virginia on Friday night. National news outlets including ESPN, The New York Times, USA Today and others jumped onto the team and its remarkable story.
UMBC got the attention of some prominent figures in sports as well.
Like plenty of other Terps fans — probably — Maryland alumnus and ESPN broadcaster Scott Van Pelt made clear he’s now rooting for the Retrievers, offering a message of support and encouragement Sunday.
The Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, one of the most successful and highest-paid quarterbacks in recent years, also is joining #RetrieverNation, personally shouting out UMBC guard Joe Sherburne.
Former Ravens safety Ed Reed sent along his best wishes, too.
Adams said he had to make the post about health, so he pointed out some healthy things about UMBC, including its mascot — a Chesapeake Bay retriever — “dogs have been proven to be good for your mental health.”
“Bottom line: UMBC — it's Surgeon General approved,” Adams wrote.
No word yet on whether Lin-Manuel Miranda, of “Hamilton” fame, will jump onboard as well.
The Associated Press contributed to this article with information on Surgeon General Jerome Adams.