UW System President sounds off on Wisconsin's trip to the Final Four

CREATED Apr 3, 2014

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MADISON - As the Wisconsin Badgers get ready to take on the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Final Four game on Saturday, the man in charge of the UW System is talking about the excitement surrounding the team and the university.

"I know these folks really well, and this is just a great personal moment for families and all kinds of friends. I've been a part of some of this stuff before, and it's just, oh my goodness, it's exciting," said Ray Cross, UW System president.

Not only is it exciting; all the national attention should mean good things for the university.

"I think it was the University of Connecticut when they won their first NCAA championship in basketball, as I recall, their applications went up 25% or 35%. And the quality of the applicant went up. It just had a huge impact on the University of Connecticut," he said.

Cross said he isn't able to make the game on Saturday.

"I could've gone, but I've got so many other things to do and I think there are a lot of other people who should be there," he said.

So what does the UW President do when one of his teams is playing for the chance to face off in the NCAA championship match? Well, he makes sure he doesn't have any interruptions. He tries not to bite his fingernails. He attempts to be relaxed, which is difficult to do.

"So, sitting on my hands is probably the posture I'll assume," he said.