Steelers’ players are proud to wear their black and gold, and that is where their heart is. But they will always be true to their school, especially now.
It’s the time of year when college fight songs fire up the school’s alumni like never before. When friends become rivals, and buzzer beaters become heartbreakers.
It’s March Madness. It’s the NCAA Tournament. It’s three weeks of wall-to-wall basketball, starting with 68 schools and ending with one hoisting the championship trophy while celebrating that one shining moment.
As the tournament began 20 players were proud that their alma mater is part of the excitement. The question is, will any of them be that excited in a few weeks.
“It’s fun to follow all of it,” said safety Rob Golden before his No. 6 seed Arizona Wildcats were eliminated. “It gives me something to keep up with. I know Coach Sean Miller really well. He is always rooting for us because he is a Pittsburgh guy. It gives me even more of a reason to root for those guys now that they are in the tournament again.”
He isn’t the only rooting for the Wildcats, but in safety Ross Ventrone’s case it’s the No. 2 seed Villanova Wildcats who have advanced to the Sweet 16 he is rooting for and he is having fun with it.
“It’s so much fun, especially when Villanova plays against one of my teammates schools because then I can throw jabs at the guys because my school is better,” said Ventrone. “It’s so much fun because the whole tournament unfolds and you never know what is going to happen. There are crazy shots, buzzer beaters, and my school has been No. 1 a lot of the year so it will be fun watching them fight for the national championship.”
Check back to see how player’s teams have fared and who said what as the tournament progresses, including L.J. Fort's Northern Iowa team, who pulled the huge upset on a halfcourt buzzer beater.
UNI UNI UNI— L.J. Fort (@i_Serve24) March 19, 2016
Wow! I see your squad @i_Serve24— Arthur Moats (@dabody52) March 19, 2016
— L.J. Fort (@i_Serve24) March 16, 2016
Good luck to @CanesHoops in the tournament!— Anthony Chickillo (@Chickillo71) March 16, 2016
GOIRISH— Ryan Harris (@salaams_from_68) March 19, 2016