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Rapper Flavor Flav cheers on UNLV from the student section

Jeff Eisenberg
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Flavor Flav (Sam Morris/Las Vegas Sun)

Whether it's Ashley Judd cooking homemade meals for Kentucky, Ashton Kutcher sitting courtside at Iowa games or Matthew McConaughey jet-setting around the country to see Texas play, many celebrities have become synonymous with the schools they support.

Seldom if ever, however, do those celebs ditch their luxury boxes or plum seats in favor of a spot in the student section.

Rapper and reality TV star Flavor Flav is apparently the exception to that rule, as anyone who watched UNLV's 65-63 victory over San Diego State discovered. Flav accepted an invitation to sit amongst members of UNLV's student section known as "The Rebellion," donning one of their red T-shirts in addition to his trademark sideways cap, goofy shades and oversized clock around his neck.

Saturday's student section appearance was a first from Flav, but the Las Vegas resident has been a UNLV fan for a while.

School spokesman Andy Grossman said Flav received an invitation to a game and he loved the atmosphere so much he has shown up on a regular basis ever since. Flav even attended the public open house for the Mendenhall Center, UNLV's $11.7 million state-of-the-art practice facility that opened last month.

With a revved up offense featuring double-double threat Mike Moser, slashing guard Anthony Marshall and sweet-shooting forward Chace Stanback, UNLV has emerged as a team capable of making a deep NCAA tournament run. If that happens, hopefully we can expect a few more appearances from Flav along the way.

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