Davidson has had a great run into the Sweet 16 this year, felling Gonzaga and then shocking Georgetown to become this year’s darlings. And Davidson students haven’t had it all that bad either, even before last week. First, they have free laundry services for students. And now the school is paying for its students to head to Detroit to see the Wildcats take on Wisconsin.
Any student who wants to attend the Wildcats' NCAA tournament game against Wisconsin in Detroit on Friday is free to do so, President Tom Ross said in an e-mail sent at 2:24 p.m. All they had to do was reply within 96 minutes and the tab -- bus fare, hotel accommodations and game tickets -- would be taken care of, courtesy of the college's trustees.Not bad, right? The trip is estimated to cost no less than $560 per person, which certainly adds up. But I suppose that’s one of the benefits of going to a private school - - you’d never see a cash-strapped state school offer something like this. And considering it’s been almost 40 years since Davidson last won an NCAA Tournament game, the students had better take the school up on its offer.
The Davidson busses depart campus at 6 AM on Friday, with an 11 hour drive ahead of them before that night’s game at Ford Field. Wildcats fans will surely be outnumbered by the more local Badger faithful, but these students will surely be amongst the luckiest few in the building.