Asked to name famous alumni of the teams in the Final Four, most people could immediately come up with actress Ashley Judd and Kentucky. But there's more, more, more. (Especially when you include people who didn't exactly graduate.)
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Who went to UConn? Oooh, oooh, oooh, Mr. Kotter! Yes, the late Ron Palillo (middle), who played Arnold Horshack on "Welcome Back, Kotter" and who endowed an acting scholarship at the university. Much more adorably, actress Meg Ryan (left, and we'll still have what she's having) and a cup-of-coffee attendee, musician Moby. Other notables: actor Dan Lauria (best known as the dad on "Wonder Years") and Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy.
What, you think Tim Tebow (left) is the only glamorous ex-Gator? Faye Dunaway (right) transferred after starting out at Florida, but she knew how to chomp into a role (Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown, Network [language alert]). And, of course, there is FOX Sports' Erin Andrews (middle). We could go on, so we will. Musician Stephen Stills barely attended the university, but he donated to a band building. Do they play "Love the One You're With"? Also: best-selling author Carl Hiaasen, home repair guru Bob Vila and, for our money, the man who does the all-time best Bill Clinton impression, Darrell Hammond.
We told you there's more than Ashley Judd. Late Pro Football Hall of Famer George Blanda, an ageless wonder with the Raiders. Actor Harry Dean Stanton (center) always has brought lots of character to his character roles, when he was creeping us out or being Molly Ringwald's father. Sen. Mitch McConnell (left) is a UK law school grad, and he recently got into a flap over a clip of the Wildcats' Julius Randle in a campaign ad. Less controversial, other alums include NBC Sports' Tom Hammond, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb and Happy Chandler, the former governor, senator and commissioner of baseball when Jackie Robinson broke the color line.
Quite a lineup for the Badgers. (Left to right) FOX News' Greta Van Susteren, poker champ Phil Hellmuth and baseball commissioner Bud Selig. Hellmuth left before graduating when he started cleaning up at the poker tables. It's a deep bench in Madison. Rockers Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs attended together. Author Joyce Carol Oates got her master's (in one year!) at Wisconsin. There's astronaut Jim Lovell, immortalized by Tom Hanks in "Apollo 13." And the men behind "Airplane!" -- Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker -- were at Wisconsin together, where presumably no one called them Shirley.