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Hogan To Obama: Memphis?

Released: March 20, 2009

Release # 09035

Karen Grava, Media Communications
(860) 486-3530

STORRS, CT — The president of the University of Connecticut has issued a challenge to the President of the United States.  And it involves singing or preferably, talking.

Hogan told Obama in a letter mailed today that he was “keenly disappointed – shocked, even – that you and members of your Sports Advisory Task Force ”did not choose the UConn men’s basketball team to win the NCAA Final Four“ in the face of all  evidence to the contrary.”

“I have to doubt your judgment in this matter,” Hogan said. If, however, Obama is right and Memphis wins the Final Four, Hogan will pay. “I’ll bring the famous University of Connecticut Conn Men (a cappella group) to the White House to sing for you the Memphis Fight Song, as well as their rendition of Hail to the Chief.

But, if the Huskies beat the Memphis Tigers, Hogan wants Obama to be UConn’s commencement speaker and accept an honorary degree from the University in May, 2010.

“Trusting that you will accept this challenge in good faith and in a spirit of true sportsmanship and good will, I send you my highest regards and best wishes,” Hogan said.

No word yet from the White House.


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