WSU flag makes an unexpected appearance on ESPN

Jonathan Daniel

As Kansas and Duke squared off in the Champions Classic, one intrepid fan showed the flag doesn't just make College GameDay appearances.

The Washington State flag made another appearance on the national stage on Tuesday; during the second half of the men's basketball game between No. 5 Kansas and No. 4 Duke, a WSU fan stepped into the aisle behind the Kansas bench to display his school pride.

This might have been a preview of a potential Final Four matchup, but for a moment, the Cougar flag was front and center. It should be noted that the fan had an exceptional sense of timing to put the flag on the camera, waiting until Kansas was making free throws down on their end of the court. As  a result of the strategic timing, the flag got a lot of air time.

The WSU flag has become a fixture on ESPN's College GameDay, and it has become a major part of the WSU athletic department's marketing program. This isn't the first time the flag - or WSU gear - has made the appearance at random events around the world; there was the (Photoshopped) appearance at the Vatican during Papal election, the chubby kid at the World Cup, and the Cougar head t-shirt in the back ground during the presentation of the Green Jacket for winning the Masters.

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