Friday, March 28, 2008


ESPN - It's a free-for-all at Davidson College.

Thanks to the deep pockets of the school's Board of Trustees, nearly 300 students will travel to Detroit to watch their beloved men's basketball team continue its surprising run in the NCAA tournament Friday night.

Students are getting bus transportation, two nights lodging and a ticket to see Davidson play Wisconsin in the Midwest Regional -- all for free.

Trustees pledged Wednesday to pay for any student. The school's Board of Trustees dug into their own pockets for about $100,000 to provide at least five buses, 250 tickets and 125 hotel rooms for the student body.

Within a day, 275 students -- nearly 20 percent of the student body -- had signed up. That sent officials at the small liberal-arts college, located about 20 miles north of Charlotte and about 650 miles south of Detroit, scrambling.

"The response was tremendous and frankly, surprisingly large," school spokeswoman Stacey Schmeidel said Thursday. "We actually have a lot more students who want to go, but we're trying to find more buses."

Huh? Free trip to Sweet Sixteen? Free ticket? Free hotel room? We’re worried about the kids that DIDN’T sign up…

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