Louisville fan writes check to Oakland after Golden Grizzlies beat Kentucky

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As if winning in the NCAA Tournament wasn’t enough, Greg Kampe just can’t help but dig the knife even deeper into the hearts of Kentucky fans.

Kampe, Oakland’s head coach, bragged last week about his school selling “$8,000 worth” of Golden Grizzlies’ T-shirts to Louisville fans. On Friday, he once again mentioned the Cardinals and how Oakland’s win over Kentucky continues to help his program financially.

“A Louisville resident and obvious fan sent Oakland a check with a nice note,” Kampe wrote on social media. “He says he normally sends a certain amount each year to the school that knocks Kentucky out of the tournament. This year because of OUr story he doubled the amount. Truly the definition of March Madness”

Thanks to 10 three-pointers from veteran sharpshooter Jack Gohlke, 14-seed Oakland upset 3-seed Kentucky in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last Thursday. The outcome sent the Big Blue Nation spiraling in search of answers, but for a small school in Michigan like Oakland, it helped put the program on the map.

The Golden Grizzlies would go on to lose (in overtime) in the Round of 32 to NC State, which locked up a spot in the Elite 8 on Friday night following a win against 2-seed Marquette. And while Louisville won a combined 12 games over the last two seasons under former head coach Kenny Payne, the Cardinal faithful isn’t above taking a shot at their main rival when the opportunity arises.

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