Dandy Dozen: Famous college football fans
Hey, is that Matthew McConaughey? Well, if you’re at a
University of Texas football game the answer is probably yes.
While college football can’t compete with the NBA when it comes
to celebrity spotting, it has it’s share of hangers on and
well-known alums who just love to cozy up the coaches, don the
school colors and tout their favorite team whenever they can
With that, college football’s top-12 famous fans.
1) James Carville, LSU. The ragin’ cajun grew up going to games
at Tiger Stadium. His jobs as a political consultant and TV pundit
don’t allow him to get to as many as he used to, but get him
talking football and he sounds no different from any other SEC fan,
railing against the BCS and badmouthing the Big Ten.
2) Matthew McConaughey, Texas. Romantic comedies and Longhorns
football games are the mostly likely places to spot this native
Texan. McConaughey also likes to stop by practice to chat with Mack
Brown or break the team huddle. On gamedays in Austin, he and buddy
Lance Armstrong often watch from the sideline like a couple of
40-year-old frat boys.
3) Regis Philbin, Notre Dame. The seeming ageless morning show
host might love the Fighting Irish more than his co-host, Kelly
Ripa. Current Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was on the show earlier
this year and Lou Holtz, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weis have
also been guests.
4) Bill Cosby, Temple. Cosby played football for the Owls back
in the early 1960s. For years, the Owls’ football team hasn’t given
Cosby much reason to tout the program. But the recent turnaround
under coach Al Golden has given Cos an excuse to break out that old
5) George H.W. Bush, Texas A&M. The 41st President of the
United States now lives in Houston and his presidential library is
on the campus of Texas A&M. So he catches a few Aggies games
when he’s around. Think he has tickets? Or does the Secret Service
just call ahead and say, ”The President is coming to the game
today. And he’d prefer to see a few less interceptions from Coach
6) Will Ferrell, Southern California. Back in the good ol’ days
of USC football, you know, 2005, Trojans games were the hot spot on
the LA sports scene. Ferrell, the former Saturday Night Live star
and USC alum, used to goof around with Pete Carroll’s guys at
practice and be a regular on the sideline at the Los Angeles
Coliseum. These days, starring in ”Old School” isn’t quite enough
to nab a field pass at USC.
7) Larry the Cable Guy, Nebraska. Daniel Lawrence Whitney is a
Nebraska native, so of course he’s a Cornhuskers fan. He even got
to be guest coach on the sideline last year during the Huskers’
300th consecutive sellout. Nebraska won that game 55-0 against
Louisiana-Lafayette. ”Git’er done” was probably all the pregame
pep talk the Huskers needed for that one.
8) Toby Keith, Oklahoma. The country singer was born and went to
high school in Oklahoma and played defensive end for a semipro team
there before hitting it big in music. He flies the Oklahoma flag on
his farm and gets current Sooners coach Bob Stoops and former OU
coach Barry Switzer to play his charity golf events.
9) James Gandolfini, Rutgers. Yep, Tony Soprano went to Rutgers.
OK, really, the guy who played the conflicted crime boss is a
Rutgers alum and New Jersey native. Gandolfini has been an honorary
captain for the Scarlet Knights and appeared in character in some
of the program’s promotional campaigns. If Tony Soprano was
recruiting you, how could you say no?
10) Kenny Chesney, Tennessee. The country singer was born in
Knoxville and recorded a song called ”Touchdown Tennessee,” which
was an ode to former Vols announcer John Ward. He’s pals with
former Florida star Tim Tebow, which really hurts his Volunteers
11) Ashton Kutcher, Iowa. Born in Cedar Rapids, Kutcher tweeted
earlier this season that he thought the Hawkeyes could make a
national title run and he and wife, Demi Moore, attended the
Iowa-Iowa State game.
12) David Letterman, Ball State. Probably the school’s most
famous alum, and when the Cardinals do well, as they did in 2008 by
putting together an 12-0 regular season, they’re sure to get a
mention or two on ”The Late Show.” Unfortunately, that hasn’t
done much for recruiting. Ball State was 2-10 last year and 2-6