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Anti-Catholics and GU basketball

Is it a challenge for those who are the former to root for the latter?

Divided loyalties

Spokane's Chuck Huggins grew up in West Virginia, near Wheeling.

But he has multiple family ties to Gonzaga University and normally cheers for GU.

So who will he root for when the Zags play the Mountaineers?

“I'm a hillbilly West Virginian,” he said.

Plus, he is pretty sure he is a distant relative of the West Virginia coach.

Huggins, a Navy retiree who operated a real estate business here, is being pulled in both directions.

One caller from West Virginia said,  “You're not going to root for Gonzaga, are you, Uncle Charles?”

And his wife has suggested that his presence in the living room might not be welcome Thursday if he did indeed cheer for the Mountaineers.

Sometimes it's not just the players in the tournament who could use a little luck.

NCAA divided loyalties, et cetera

Well, I didn't hear from any West Virginia alums living in Spokane. Nor were there any messages from couples where he is a Montana grad and she went to Wisconsin. And so on.

But one colleague, online producer Alison Boggs, noted that her brother is a Syracuse alum. The Orangemen are the No. 1 seed in the East regional, where GU is the No. 7.

The two could meet down the road. Alison, a GU fan, would love to see that happen. She's ready for a little revenge.

“The last time Gonzaga and Syracuse met, my brother called me BEFORE the game to offer his condolences,” she said. “Sadly, Gonzaga was thrashed and my big brother was right again.”

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