Davidson Fills West Wing With Pride
The White House press secretary and Davidson alum Tony Snow didn’t get to watch all of the 13th-seeded Wildcats’ 82-70 loss to No. 4 seed Maryland on Thursday, but he saw the game’s most entertaining action.
“I only got to see the brief spell in the second half where they got out to an 8-point lead,” Snow said in a telephone interview. “That made me proud of the alma mater.”
Snow, who has been White House press secretary since April , graduated from Davidson in 1977 with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. The 1,700-student liberal arts college in North Carolina, which has an enrollment with an average S.A.T. score of 1359, is one of the smallest schools to field an N.C.A.A. Division I basketball team.
An avid fan of the Wildcats, Snow often listens to their games over the Internet, including the postgame show with Coach Bob McKillop and John Kilgo, and follows them on a blog.
“I love it,” Snow said. “It’s a well-coached team with good players. It’s a good program.”
Despite Davidson’s defeat Thursday, its second consecutive first-round loss in the N.C.A.A. tournament, Snow is already talking about next season.
“It’s the third-youngest team in the country this year,” he said. “All the starters are back.”
Snow is just as optimistic about Davidson eventually winning its first game in the N.C.A.A. tournament since1969 when it reached the Round of 8 under Lefty Driesell.
“I sure hope it happens,” he said. “It’d make my heart glad and proud.”