It’s been a pretty good year for the Towson Tigers. Last year, the men’s football team didn’t win a single game in the Colonial Athletic Association league; this year they won the championship. And the men’s basketball team had two famous fans — President Barack Obama and actor Bill Murray — there to cheer them on during Saturday’s game against Oregon State.
Okay, so Obama wasn’t officially cheering on the Tigers — his brother-in-law Craig Robinson coaches Oregon State. But Obama is the first U.S. president to visit the Towson campus, so no one cared much who he was rooting for. When the First Family (yep, Michelle, Malia, and Sasha — and Michelle’s mother, Marian — all came, too) entered the Towson Center, they got a standing ovation to the tune of “Hail to the Chief.” Coordinating the president’s trip involved 150 law enforcement officers, including 30 of the school’s 50 campus police.
And what about Bill? Turns out his son Luke is a new assistant coach for the Tigers. He chatted with Obama for a few minutes at half time, and probably enjoyed not being the biggest celebrity in the arena. (Watch the video of the two shaking hands at the Baltimore Sun. Bill Murray still has the best face.)
Ultimately, the Tigers were outmatched by the bigger, more experienced Beavers (66-46), but the score isn’t what people will remember from this game, I’m guessing.