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News Feed - January 16, 2009

I spoke to three players and Coach Gil Jackson about how they plan to watch Tuesday's Presidential Inauguration for Liz Clarke's story. Here's more of what they had to say.

Jackson said he will give the players the day off from practice. Tuesday usually is an off-day for Howard since the Bison play Monday games. He wasn't sure if the players would watch the swearing-in ceremony as a team like they did the election.

Howard junior forward Kandi Mukole had an unusual perspective on the inauguaration. Mukole grew up in Brussels, Belgium, and has only been in the United States for five years.

"I'm actually glad I'm here when Obama became president," he said. "It's a big deal. It shows that anything is possible."

Junior guard Curtis White, who is from Indianapolis, Ind., went out with his teammates on election night to watch the crowds. He's expecting something similar on Inauguration Day.

"Hopefully, I'll get a chance to go out there," he said. "It's like a first-hand perspective."

Howard senior guard Eugene Myatt said he has always followed basketball more closely than politics and government, but that's changed now.

"I've been paying attention a whole lot as of late," he said. "I have a strong interest in it now to see what's going on in the world."

By Kathy Orton  |  January 16, 2009; 8:12 AM ET
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