George Mason in the News

Posted: March 24, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week.

Monday, March 20, Washington Post

GMU Wins Give Fans New Sense of Identity

“The slipper fit, and George Mason University fans loved wearing it yesterday. From sports bars to the student union, Patriots fans all over Fairfax City were feeling the Cinderella power after the little team that no-one-thought-could made the Sweet 16 that much sweeter. Downtown Fairfax City isn’t usually all that big on hoo-ha or hurrahs on a Sunday afternoon. But there was plenty of noise on the streets as car horns blared in appreciation of George Mason’s victory over college basketball’s big boys, the North Carolina Tar Heels.”

Tuesday, March 21, Detroit Free Press

Dance Party: Last Year’s Final Four Bounced over Weekend

“One weekend in and none of last year’s Final Four teams will be around for this year’s regional semifinals. George Mason sent half of them home early. The 11th-seeded Patriots, one of the more controversial at-large selections in the field of 65, beat Michigan State in the first round and eliminated defending national champion North Carolina, 65-60, on Sunday.”

Tuesday, March 21, Los Angeles Times

Sweet on Patriots

“Tied to telephone poles on Chain Bridge Road in the heart of Fairfax, right in front of the Fuddrucker’s and blowing in the cool breeze, was a sign painted in George Mason green and gold. ‘Congratulations George Mason on the Sweet 16. Go Patriots.’ George Mason is a relatively new university, founded in 1972 as part of the University of Virginia system. It has well-regarded schools of public policy and [information] technology. It was mainly a commuter school until about 15 years ago. But now George Mason is the largest university in the state. It has 29,000 students. It has two Nobel Prize winners in its economics department. It has a groundbreaking department of microbiology.”

Wednesday, March 22, The Wichita Eagle

George Mason (the School) Mirrors Namesake

“His plight was and is the same as the school that bears his name and its basketball team – Wichita State’s opponent Friday night. George Mason University couldn’t be named anything else, shouldn’t be named anything else. Why mess with perfection? Mason was the forgotten founding father, the one who seems foreign while names like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison instantly spring to mind. Without Mason, there isn’t any Jefferson – at least Jefferson, the writer. Or Madison. The Declaration of Independence, which some might say is Jefferson’s best work, borrows liberally from Mason’s Declaration of Rights for his native Virginia. It was that same Declaration of Rights that became the basis of Madison’s revamped Bill of Rights in the Constitution, a document Mason refused to sign initially.”

Wednesday, March 22, Mercury News (San Francisco)

Upstart George Mason Riding a Sweet 16 Wave of Euphoria

“You can forgive Tony Skinn’s literature teacher if she’s got other things on her mind these days than basketball. She’s from Iraq. But even she has gotten caught up in the hullabaloo that has George Mason University in a tizzy: Sweet 16 syndrome. ‘I actually went into class nervous because I wasn’t done with my midterm exam yet,’ Skinn, the Patriots’ senior point guard, said. ‘But she e-mailed me (Tuesday) night and gave me an extension to turn that in on Monday. … People who don’t follow college basketball that closely, they’re even into it, because it’s so big.’”

Thursday, March 23, The Atlanta Journal – Constitution

Hail to the Underdog

“Ever since David upset Goliath, we’ve rooted for the little guy. Smart money favored Goliath – until David hit a last-second shot.George Mason, better known as an American patriot than a basketball superpower, eliminates icon North Carolina, and celebrations ignite. ‘Nobody was willing to give us a chance,’ said Rick Shenkman, history professor at George Mason. If ever there were a No. 16 seed, the United States was it. Aristocracy rooted for the rich. Democracy hailed liberty. ‘It’s only natural in America that we’ve been rooting for the underdog.’”

Coach Larranaga and Tony Skinn
The news was all about basketball this week. Above, Coach Jim Larranaga gives Tony Skinn a hug after the win against North Carolina.
Mason Athletics photo

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