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Mount St. Mary's in Dayton

Mount St. Mary's journalist/golfer/hoops manager likes Erin Andrews! (ESPN via Chicago Tribune)

If anyone has his finger on the throbbing pulse of Mount St. Mary's athletics, it's junior Brad Gerick, who is simultaneously a manager of the basketball team, a member of the golf team and the managing editor of The Mountain Echo, which is lobbying for men's coach Milan Brown to "instantly become the highest paid employee at the Mount" and reporting that students lined up for the 140 tickets to tonight's play-in game. Really? Coppin State against Mount St. Mary's in Dayton, and you can only find 140 tix for the students?

Anyhow, with the Mount favored by 7.5 and either on the Road to Raleigh or the Road Back to Emmitsburg, Brad filed this dispatch yesterday from Dayton. He appears to have filed an identical dispatch for the Frederick News-Post, except with Erin Andrews details that were deleted from his e-mail to me. Needless to say, I re-inserted them.

By Brad Gerick, in Dayton

I remember setting my alarm for 5:38 and 5:45 before I went to sleep Sunday night. I was excited to finally be going to an NCAA Tournament game in my third year as team manager, even if it was the play-in game.

Unfortunately I set the alarm for p.m. instead of a.m. I didn't realize this until Lindsey, another team manager, called me at 7:15 a.m. asking me why I wasn't on the bus for our 7 a.m. departure.

I can't tell you what I said next, but I've never gotten to school so fast from my off-campus house as I did this morning. We still made our flight, which worked out in my favor because otherwise, not only would the team still be in the airport right now, but I would probably be tied to the wing of a plane.

Having slept less than four hours I didn't regain all of my senses until Monday afternoon. We had our selection show party from 5-7 p.m., I worked on The Mountain Echo until 8:30 p.m. then I helped copy film of potential NCAA Tournament opponents until 1 a.m. and finally went home to do laundry while eating dinner and packing until 3 a.m.

The thought of my punishment for being late -- running -- had been weighing on my mind all day. I never ended up hitting the endlines, though, probably because I had been up late helping with film.

We had two practices yesterday, one at Sinclair Community College and one at the University of Dayton Arena. Sinclair had welcome banners up for us and inspirational quotes for all the players and coaches. They treated us better than our own school does sometimes.

When we got to UD, three of the players and Coach Brown had to do a press conference before our 50-minute practice. When we got on the floor I was sitting on one of the tables next to some media personnel when I asked our Sports Information Director, Mark Vandergrift, who the girl was.

He nonchalantly replied that it was Erin Andrews. I didn't recognize her at first with a ponytail and green Red Sox hat on, but now I could see her clearly - sitting right next to Steve Lavin. This was a little different than the coverage we had at the NEC Championship when Bob Basketball and Petey Play-In did the broadcast.

I can't decide whether I'll act professional tonight or go straight for her phone number. It's a tough decision since I'm hoping to be a coworker with her down the road. Maybe I'll just see if she has Facebook.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 18, 2008; 2:12 PM ET
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In my college football pool we call the Thursday night ESPN games the "Erin Andrews Game of the Week".

A couple of the guys in that pool are Michigan State alums, live around East Lansing and attend b-ball games at Breslin, where Erin is VERY popular among the young gentleman scholars at MSU.

Good luck Brad, keep us posted on your outcome; by the way she's a Florida Gator so don't open with any comments about Billy D.

Posted by: Dave Richardson | March 18, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, I'd still go for Bonnie Bernstein instead, w00t.

Posted by: Terp Alum | March 18, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

there is the professional world of warcraft power leveling here. welcome.

Posted by: jimelyyes | May 2, 2008 5:27 AM | Report abuse

there is the professional world of warcraft power leveling here. welcome.

Posted by: jimelyyes | May 7, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

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