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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.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Oakland continues promoting rivalry with University of Detroit

A week ago, Oakland's athletics department poked at the school's budding rivalry with new Horizon League mate University of Detroit in advance of their men's soccer meeting by referring to UDM as "that school down the road."
Days later, Oakland men's basketball coach Greg Kampe took it a step further, removing an attendee of Oakland practice for wearing a UDM shirt.

Kampe further addressed the subject later in the day during a live chat with The Oakland Press.
"A young man was sitting there watching practice wearing a shirt that I did not want in our building," Kampe said. "I told him he is welcome at any practice he ever wants to come to, but he can't wear that shirt, so he needed to leave. He handled it well, but I'm sure I'm not one of his biggest fans now. We've always had an open practice policy, but maybe I have to add a dress code to that."
Naturally, you won't see any Oakland athletes wearing UDM shirts, or of any of school for that matter, as the practice was long ago banned by Kampe, then-interim athletic director in 2006.
Sure, there was animosity between the programs in the past, but Oakland hasn't quite lived up to its end of the bargain of the rivalry in men's hoops. Detroit owns an 11-1 all-time record against the Golden Grizzlies, although the teams haven't met since 2003. 
The teams' forced re-unification begins Jan. 11 at Detroit and the Titans return to the O'rena, a previous sticking point for Kampe in scheduling a rematch, for a Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) showdown on ESPN.
As the game was announced in mid-July, Kampe was urging Grizz Gang members to pack the stands, reducing the number of available tickets for visiting fans. He even offered to pay for busses to ship fans to Detroit for the first meeting.
As the days and minutes tick down to the first meeting in a decade, there will likely be more trash talk to come. From both sides.

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