How About This Patriot Act?

Updated 3/31
Jim Larranaga's neighbors say he has always been a champion in their Oakton neighborhood according to this Metro article from today.

The Sports section today takes a look at the thinking behind the recruiting the Patriots did to help land them in the Final Four and this column which profiles freshman forward Sammy Hernandez.

Flipping back to today's front page, there is an article about Mason's coming task of striking a balance in its new reputation as a home to both athletic and academic stars.   

Updated 3/30
The excitement continues to mount. I must have counted a half dozen hastily erected "Go Mason" yard signs on my drive in to work this morning.

The Washington Post's stories today include Metro's coverage of yesterday's team send-off, Marc Fisher's column about the University's status as the most diverse college in America. Sports writes about the basketball players' families and the bond some of them have developed over the course of the season. Even the Business section weighs in with a look at the school's world-class economics department which has two Nobel laureates on the faculty.

Updated 3/29
The University plans a Final Four rally at 11:30 a.m. today, followed by a 1:15 p.m. open practice and a send-off for the team as they depart for Indianapolis at 2 p.m. The Mason Gazette has all of the details.

The Washington Post's coverage today includes Mike Wise's column and an article about how coach Jim Larranaga's sons, Jay and Jon, scout players for the team. Both those pieces can be found in Sports.

In the Metro section, Courtland Milloy uses his column to ask if Larranaga's success could serve as model for classrooms in some of the area's underperforming public high schools.

A video interview with Lamar Butler is available here on Washingtonpost.com.

Updated 3/28
Today's coverage of Mason madness includes this look at the surging popularity of all things related to GMU basketball, this analysis on how the Patriots measure up from the Sports section, and  a column from Thomas Boswell about the historical significance of the team's success in the tournament.

Originally posted 3/27
The GMU Patriots' victory over U-Conn. yesterday sends them to college basketball's  Final Four. The team's NCAAA tournament success generated several stories in The Washington Post over the weekend and in today's paper. More will come before and after Saturday's game.

Today the Board of Supervisors commended the accomplishment. Is Fairfax a better place for this?

Sports columnist Michael Wilbon wrote about yesterday's win and senior guard Lamar Butler, who hails from Prince George's County, was the subject of a profile by Mike Wise.

An article in Sunday's Metro section pondered whether the team's success would help to boost the University's profile?

By  |  March 30, 2006; 9:30 AM ET  | Category:  Colleges and Universities , Sports
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