• Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon became a March Madness reference on Thursday afternoon during CBS' broadcast of the Michigan State-Valparaiso game. After the first TV timeout, the screen displayed quick facts about Valparaiso, including notable alumni. McClendon topped the list, followed by Bryce Drew, the school's basketball coach, who hit the buzzer-beating jumper to beat Mississippi in 1998. McClendon said that he heard about the publicity soon enough.
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