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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, February 1, 2012

Oakland coach Greg Kampe working on fan's triple crown

Oakland coach Greg Kampe is working on the triple crown for sports fans. After recently attending the BCS National Championship Game to watch his son play for LSU, Kampe will be attennding his first Super Bowl Sunday. He also attends the Final Four each season and has taken his own team to the initial rounds of the tourney three of the past seven seasons.
How is it possible he could make it there in time if Oakland plays the night before in Macomb, Ill., against Western Illinois.
“We’re going to get in from Western Illinois around 3 a.m. and then about 10 a.m., turn around and make the hour-long flight to Indianapolis, go to the game and fly home,” Kampe explained. “I won’t miss anything.”
Kampe said a good friend has tickets … and a plane.
The Summit League schedule gave Oakland a week off in between games before playing at  IPFW in early January and has done so again prior to the Grizzlies’ game against the Mastodons Feb. 11 at the O’rena.
“It’s one of those years,” Kampe said, adding “I would take two wins this week over going to the Super Bowl.”
Kampe, himself a broadcast journalism major way back when, seemed ready with a question for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Super Bowl Media Day, as the Grizzlies practiced at home Tuesday.
“I would ask him, if you’re supposed to be Mr. Clutch and all that, how would you feel if you were to lose and the Manning Brothers got all the publicity? I love Tom Brady, though, he’s my man. New England is going to win.”
Guard Reggie Hamilton seemed in lockstep with his coach.
“I’ve got to go with Tom Brady all the way — even though he went to Michigan. I’ll let that slide.”
Hamilton grew up in the Chicago area, as noted by his trademark Blackhawks hat seen on Oakland’s All-Access show on Fox Sports Detroit.

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