Mercer basketball crowds enthusiastic, classy

I had the privilege of chaperoning the bus trip down to Fort Myers, Fla. for the A-Sun Championship Game last week, and I just wanted to say how impressed I was with all of you who went. The bus rides were long, but so much fun, and everyone was well behaved on a Saturday night in Florida during spring break. We got to the game, and you all showed excitement that well surpassed the 12-1 ratio of FGCU fans to Mercer fans. I am positive that you all contributed immensely to our men taking home the Championship.

We asked you all to be classy, and you did not disappoint. The FGCU fans were some of the most disrespectful fans I have seen in years, and even when they cursed you out, and flicked you off, you did not retaliate. Some of you were even spit on (no hyperbole there), and still no retaliation. We asked you to stay in your section after the game to clear out some of the FGCU fans, and you all complied. Probably one of the best moments was our team running up to our section to celebrate with you all, instead of staying on the court like 99 percent of teams do. That was a special moment, and it would only happen at Mercer.

Mercer University is a special place with awesome students, and this experience reminded me of how privileged I am to be a small part of this great institution. I look forward to going on the trip with you all to Raleigh this weekend to bring that same class and support as our Bears take on Duke Maybe that Baptist heritage will help us cast out those Blue Devils!