March 15, 2011
Whether it's Ashley Judd at Kentucky, Bill Cosby at Temple or Matthew McConaughey at Texas, some celebrities are such passionate college football or basketball fans that they can immediately be associated with their alma maters.
What follows is a list of three famous former students all 68 NCAA tournament teams, in alphabetical order from Alabama-Birmingham to Xavier. To be clear, some of these celebs attended undergraduate or graduate classes at their respective schools but did not receive a diploma from that institution.
UAB: 1. Graeme McDowell, professional golfer. 2. Vonetta Flowers, Olympic gold medalist in the bobsled. 3. Deidre Downs, Miss America 2005.
Akron: 1. Jason Taylor, six-time pro bowl defensive end. 2. Dan Auerbach, vocalist and guitarist, and drummer Patrick Carney for the band The Black Keys. 3. Michael Buckley, New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm series.
Arizona: 1. Jerry Bruckheimer, film and television producer known for the CSI and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises. 2. Kourtney Kardashian, television personality. 3. Robert Wood Johnson IV, Owner of the New York Jets and great-grandson of the founder of Johnson & Johnson.
Belmont: 1. Brad Paisley, country music singer, 2. Lee Ann Womack, country music singer, 3. Trisha Yearwood, country music singer.
Boston University: 1. Jason Alexander, Tony Award-winning actor who played George Costanza in Seinfeld. 2. Emily Deschanel, actress and TV producer who stars in the comedy-drama Bones. 3. Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actress.
Bucknell: 1. Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS. 2. Edward Herrman, actor best known for starring in the Gilmore Girls and narrating History Channel programs. 3. Jay Wright, Villanova basketball coach.
BYU: 1. Aaron Eckhart, actor who played Harvey Dent from The Dark Knight. 2. Jon Heder, actor who played Napoleon Dynamite. 3. Steve Young, Super Bowl-winning former San Francisco 49ers quarterback.
Cincinnati: 1. George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor, 2. Sandy Koufax, Hall of Fame pitcher for the Dodgers; 3. Oscar Robertson, twelve-time NBA all-star.
Clemson: 1. Lucas Glover, 2009 U.S. Open golf champion. 2. Nancy O'Dell, TV host and entertainment journalist. 3. Strom Thurmond, the only U.S. senator to reach 100 while still in office.
Duke: 1. Richard Nixon, 37th president of United States. 2. Drew Rosenhaus, powerful sports agent. 3. Kara DioGuardi, songwriter, musician and American Idol judge.
Florida: 1. Bob Vila, Actor/home improvement guru. 2. Erin Andrews, ESPN sideline reporter and Dancing with the Stars contestant. 3. Cris Collinsworth, former Cincinnati Bengals receiver turned NFL analyst.
Florida State: 1. Lee Corso, ESPN college football analyst. 2. Burt Reynolds, Emmy Award-winning actor. 3. Richard Simmons, eccentric American fitness personality who promotes weight-loss programs.
George Mason: 1. Karl Rove, senior adviser to George W. Bush. 2. Johnny Curtis, MMA fighter. 3. Shawn Camp, Bluejays relief pitcher.
Georgetown: 1. Bill Clinton, 42nd President of United States, 2. Patrick Ewing, hall of fame NBA center, 3. Bradley Cooper, actor best known for roles in the TV series "Alias" and the movie "The Hangover"
Georgia: 1. Kim Basinger, actress and 90s heartthrob. 2. Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry, the four members of the rock band R.E.M. 3. Wayne Knight, actor who played Newman from the sitcom Seinfeld.
Gonzaga: 1. Bing Crosby, singer, actor, one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century. 2. John Stockton, hall of fame former Utah Jazz point guard. 3. Jason Bay, New York Mets outfielder.
Illinois: 1. Roger Ebert, acclaimed film critic. 2. Gene Hackman, Academy Award-winning actor. 3. Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy.
Indiana State: 1. Larry Bird, Boston Celtics legend 2. Bruce Baumgartner, two-time Olympic gold medalist in wrestling 3. Tony George, founder, team owner, Indy Racing League.
Kansas: 1. Wilt Chamberlain, one of the greatest interior basketball players ever. 2. Dean Smith, one of the NCAA's all-time winningest coaches. 3. Mandy Patinkin, who played Inigo Montoya (you killed my father, prepare to die) in the Princess Bride.
Kansas State: 1. Jim Isch, former interim president and current COO of the NCAA. 2. Earl Woods, late father of golfer Tiger Woods, is recognized for breaking he color barrier in baseball in the Big Seven Conference. 3. Erin Brockovich, a legal clerk and environmentalist, who had a movie made about her life.
Kentucky: 1. Ashley Judd, actress and devoted Wildcats fan. 2. Pat Riley, legendary NBA coach and executive. 3. Sam Bowie, journeyman NBA big man famous for being drafted ahead of Michael Jordan.
Louisville: 1. Johnny Unitas, hall of fame NFL quarterback. 2. Tom Jackson, former NFL player and ESPN analyst. 3. Sue Grafton, author of detective novels.
Marquette: 1. Chris Farley, comedian and actor best known for starring in Tommy Boy alongside David Spade. 2. Edward Brennan, former chairman of Sears, Roebuck and Company. 3. Dwyane Wade, all-star guard for the Miami Heat.
Michigan: 1. Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States. 2. James Earl Jones, actor best known as the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars. 3. Arthur Miller, playwright best known for writing Death of a Salesman.
Michigan State: 1. James Caan, actor best known for starring in the Godfather. 2. Magic Johnson, legendary Los Angeles Lakers star. 3. Chris Hansen, TV personality best known for his "To Catch a Predator" segment on Dateline.
Missouri: 1. Mel Carnahan, former Missouri Governor and the only person elected U.S. Senator posthumously. 2. Jon Hamm, actor known for his role in Mad Men. 3. Carl Edwards, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.
Morehead State: 1. Phil Simms, Super Bowl-winning quarterback with New York Giants, 2. Chuck Woolery, game show host, 3. Steve Hamilton, former Major League reliever and NBA power forward
North Carolina: 1. Andy Griffith, actor, director, producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer. 2. Michael Jordan, legendary Chicago Bulls star who won six NBA titles. 3. James K. Polk, 11th president of the United States.
North Carolina-Asheville: 1. Ty Wigginton, Baltimore Orioles infielder, 2. Kenny George, at 7-foot-7, the tallest college basketball player in NCAA history, 3. Topper Shutt, meteorologist in Washington D.C.
Northern Colorado: 1. Greg Germann, actor best known as Richard Fish from Ally McBeal. 2. Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers wide receiver. 3. Chesley Sullenberger, Captain of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, which successfully landed in the Hudson River in 2009.
Oakland: 1. David Hasselhoff, former Baywatch star. 2. Robert Englund, actor most famous for his portrayal of Freddie Kruger. 3. Curtis Armstrong, actor best known for playing Booger in Revenge of the Nerds.
Ohio State: 1. Jack Nicklaus, 18-time major-winning PGA golfer. 2. Jesse Owens, track and field star who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. 3. George Steinbrenner, longtime New York Yankees owner.
Pittsburgh: 1. Fred Rogers, host of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood 2. Gene Kelly, Academy Award-winning dancer, actor, singer, film director and producer perhaps best known for his performance in Singin' in the Rain. 3. Dan Marino, Hall of Fame Miami Dolphins quarterback
Princeton: 1. Michelle Robinson Obama, First Lady. 2. Eric E. Schmidt, CEO of Google. 3. Ethan Coen, filmmaker of films such as No Country for Old Men O Brother, Where Art Thou?
San Diego State: 1. Gregory Peck, Academy Award-winning actor. 2. Ric Flair, well-known professional wrestler. 3. Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres legend who now coaches the San Diego State baseball team.
St. John's: 1 Daryl McDaniels, co-founder of hip-hop group Run DMC, 2. Chris Mullin, former NBA player and member of 1992 Dream Team, 3. Mike Francessa, New York sports radio host.
St. Peter's: 1. Robert Menendez, New Jersey senator. 2. Bob Hurley, Hall of Fame basketball coach at St. Anthony High in New Jersey. 3. Will Durant, 1968 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.
Syracuse: 1. Bob Costas, NBC sportscaster 2. Taye Diggs, theater, film and television actor 3. Ted Koppel, broadcast journalist best known for anchoring "Nightline" for more than two decades.
Temple: 1. Bill Cosby, comedian, actor, author. 2. Bob Saget, comedian best known for playing Danny Tanner on Full House. 3. Jesse Williams, actor known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey's Anatomy.
Tennessee: 1. Peyton Manning , Indianapolis Colts quarterback. 2. Pam Tillis, country music singer. 3. James Denton, actor from Desperate Housewives.
Texas: 1. Mary Lou Retton, first female gymnast outside Eastern Europe to win the Olympic all-around title. 2. Gary C. Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines. 3. Matthew McConaughey, an actor who's known for such classics as The Wedding Planner
Texas-San Antonio: 1. Michelle Beadle, co-host of ESPN's SportsNation. 2. Devin Brown, NBA player. 3. Dayna Devon, co-host of the show Extra.
UCLA: 1. Francis Ford Coppola Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter who is best known for co-writing and directing the Godfather trilogy. 2. Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors. 3. Troy Aikman, quarterbacks of the Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys.
UCSB: 1. Jack Johnson, singer-songwriter. 2. Jason Lezak, Olympic swimming champ. 3. Jim Rome, sports radio and TV host.
UNLV: 1. Jimmy Kimmel, host of the late night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live." 2. Kenny Mayne, ESPN personality. 3. Suge Knight, legendary hip-hop producer.
USC: 1. John Wayne, acclaimed actor. 2. Marcus Allen, Heisman Trophy winner, and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 3. George Lucas, award-winning director and producer best known for Star Wars.
Vanderbilt: 1. Al Gore, former U.S. vice president. 2. Dierks Bentley, country music singer. 3. Molly Sims, model and actress.
Villanova: 1. Toby Keith, country music recording artist 2. Howie Long, former NFL defensive lineman and current Fox analyst 3. Don McLean, folk singer best known for song "American Pie."
Virginia Commonwealth: 1. Boris Kodjoe, actor and former fashion model. 2. Debbie Matenopoulos, co-host of ABC's The View 3. Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers third baseman.
Washington: 1. Chris DeWolfe, CEO and co-founder of MySpace. 2. Tim Lincecum, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. 3. Kenny G, saxophonist extraordinaire.
West Virginia: 1. Jerry West, 14-time NBA all-star 2. Don Knotts, comedic actor best known for roles on the Andy Griffith Show and Three's Company 3. Billy Mays, TV pitchman.
Wisconsin: 1. Dick Cheney, former U.S. vice president under George W. Bush. 2. Joyce Carol Oates, author who has published over 50 books. 2. Bud Selig, Major League Baseball commissioner.
Xavier: 1. Jim Bunning, former Major League Baseball pitcher and politician. 2. David West, two-time NBA all-star forward with the New Orleans Hornets. 3. John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for the 112th Congress
Graham Watson, Ryan Greene and Chris Chase contributed to this post
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