School ties: ESPNers tout their Final Four alma maters

(Illustration by Taylor Garrett/ESPN)
(Illustration by Taylor Garrett/ESPN)

It seems like only yesterday the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I Basketball Championships began and dozens of teams were full of hopes of surviving March Madness.

This weekend, as the Final Fours play out in Glendale, Ariz., and Dallas, respectively, only seven schools remain standing: South Carolina, which is represented in both; Gonzaga; Oregon; North Carolina; Stanford; Mississippi State and UConn.

ESPN counts several commentators and executives among the company employees who are alumni of the remaining schools in the Final Fours. A few of them shared their thoughts and favorite relevant photos with Front Row.

In addition to those with school ties pictured in this gallery, other ESPN notables from the Final Four schools include: ESPN President John Skipper, a North Carolina alum; Senior Vice President, College Networks, Programming, Rosalyn Durant, graduated from South Carolina; Ramona Shelburne, an NBA Insider and ESPN senior writer, and Jessica Mendoza, MLB analyst, are Stanford grads and former softball stars at The Farm; soccer commentator, features reporter and host Julie Foudy also starred at Stanford; women’s college basketball analyst Rebecca Lobo helped lay the foundation for the UConn dynasty.

Earlier today on Front Row, SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett discussed his emotional ties to both Oregon and Gonzaga. Watch for his essay on the subject on the 1 a.m. ET SportsCenter.

Amy Phillips, Katina Arnold, Bill Hofheimer, Allie Stoneberg, Jennifer Christie and Kim Elchlepp contributed to this post.

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