Only in March will school presidents ever be caught crowd surfing.
The above photo shows students carrying University of Dayton president Daniel Curran down Kiefaber Street hours after the 11th-seeded Flyers upset Syracuse 57-55 to advance to the program's first Sweet 16 since 1984. Students reportedly rushed Curran during the revelry and lifted him onto their shoulders while chanting his name.
The Dayton Daily News reported more than 1,000 students took part in the revelry. A few couches went up in flames and a few beer bottles got smashed, but there were no initial reports of serious damage or injuries.
Dayton's Sweet 16 bid is worthy of a wild celebration considering how unlikely it would have seemed back when the Flyers were 1-5 in the Atlantic 10 entering February. They've lost only twice since, first rallying to sneak into the NCAA tournament and then ousting favored Ohio State and Syracuse to advance to face either Kansas or Stanford in the round of 16.
The drama of Saturday's win surely contributed to the celebration.
When Jordan Sibert sank the last of a flurry of huge late Dayton 3-pointers from well behind the arc on the right wing, the Flyers led by six with 47 seconds to go and appeared to be on the verge of sealing their victory. Instead a late turnover and a missed free throw enabled Syracuse's Tyler Ennis to get two shots at game-winning jumpers but both missed the mark and the celebration was on in Dayton.
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