Alma mater madness: One famous attendee for every school in the NCAA Tournament

With the NCAA Tournament set to tip off with the First Four on Thursday night, here's a look at the most famous attendee of each school in the 68-team March Madness field:

Abilene Christian: Joe Shirley Jr., former president of the Navajo Nation

Alabama: Joe Namath, NFL quarterback, Super Bowl III MVP

Appalachian State: Eric Church, country music performer, four-time CMA winner

Arkansas: Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys 

Baylor: Willie Nelson, country music artist, 10-time Grammy Award winner, activist

BYU: Mitt Romney, U.S. Senator representing Utah

Clemson: Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and ambassador to the United Nations

Cleveland State: Tim Russert, journalist best known for hosting "Meet the Press"

Colgate: Andy Rooney, writer known for "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney" segment on "60 Minutes"

Colorado: Matt Stone, co-creator of "South Park"

Connecticut: Bobby Moynihan, comedian, former "SNL" cast member 

Creighton: Bob Gibson, two-time World Series champion and two-time NL Cy Young Award winner

Drake: Jeremy Piven, actor known for Entourage

Drexel: Malik Rose, two-time NBA champion

Eastern Washington: Colin Cowherd, radio host 

Florida: Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator representing Florida

Florida State: Burt Reynolds, actor, Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe winner known for "Deliverance," "Smokey and the Bandit" films

Georgetown: Chris Sacca, entrepreneur and venture investor in Twitter, Uber, Instagram

Georgia Tech: Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States

Gonzaga: John Stockton, Basketball Hall of Famer who won two gold medals at Olympics

Grand Canyon: Tim Salmon, former MLB player and World Series champion

Hartford: Dionne Warwick, singer, five-time Grammy winner

Houston: Kenny Rogers, musician, three-time Grammy winner

Illinois: Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine

Iona: Don Mclean, singer/songwriter best known for "American Pie"

Iowa: Gene Wilder, actor known for portrayal of Willy Wonka and collaborations with Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor

Kansas: Paul Rudd, actor, known for "Ant-Man" and numerous Judd Apatow films


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