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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Oakland coach Greg Kampe taking in BCS National Championship

After playing every one of the upper-tier teams of the Summit League over the next week, Oakland coach Greg Kampe will likely be ready for a vacation. Having a week between games, he’ll have quite a trip, going to the BCS National Championship Game Jan. 9 between LSU and Alabama.
While he could be scouting high school basketball players on the trip, the official purpose of the getaway is to watch son Branch, who is an LSU freshman. Branch Kampe, a quarterback at Royal Oak Shrine a season ago, plays linebacker for the Tigers. He has yet to see the field, but will remain on the sidelines, potentially earning a national championship ring.
“He gets the crap kicked out of him every day in practice,” his proud father joked. “He may not get one play in that game, but he’s got all the bumps and bruises to show he was part of it."
Branch Kampe’s ring wouldn’t be the first in the family trophy room. Greg Kampe’s father was on the 1947 U-M national championship team.
“It looks like my son is going to beat me to a national championship ring,” he joked.  
The Coaches Trophy, awarded to the game’s winner, is also sponsored by Greg Kampe’s favorite soft drink, Dr. Pepper.

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