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Maguire University, phantom college

Maguire University is a fictitious college invented in 1963 by a group of Chicago high school basketball coaches, for the sole purpose of securing tickets to the NCAA Final Four.

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Maguire "University" is born

The idea was hatched by then-Fenwick High School coach Len Tyrrell at Maguire's Pub in Forest Park, Illinois. The NCAA fell for it, and so did at least one real school: the United States Air Force Academy, who contacted Tyrrell (Maguire's self-proclaimed "Chancellor") and asked to play his nonexistent team.

Maguire (nicknamed "the Jollymen") received Final Four tickets for two years, until Bill Jauss wrote about the scam in The Chicago Tribune. The NCAA was not amused. The coaches then had to acquire their own tickets, and at least one of them has attended every Final Four (or, as they call it, Final Five) ever since. Maguire's motto, "We Play Hurt," is a reference to the hangovers accrued by Maguire's "students." [1]

Tyrrell grew the faux-university's "enrollment" from the original eight members to well over 150 in the thirty-plus years he ran the phony school. He was also named Maguire's first Hall of Fame member, after resigning his position in 2000. Kelly's Pub, on Webster Street in Chicago, serves as the college's "campus" since the closing of Maguire's Pub in 1988.

Maguire's 2010 Final Five Headquarters will be located at the Columbia Club, at Monument Circle in Indianapolis, while the the MU 50th Year Celebration is scheduled for New Orleans in 2013.

Maguire University Board of Regents (2009-2010)


: President: Art Duffy
: Vice-President: George Hoey
: Treasurer: Beth Larocca
: Recording Secretary: Shawn Roberts
: Director of Admissions & Alumni Relations: Jim Dillon
: Social Secretary: John Kelly
: Historian 1 (1963-1999): Tom Moore
: Historian 2 (2000-Present): Leslie Spangler
: Law School Dean: Ernie DiBenedetto
: Board Member: Mike DiBemedetto
: Board Member: Mike Kress
: Board Member: Art Duffy Sr.
: Board Member: Jack Begley
: Board Member: Polly Kelly
: Board Member: Tom Scanlan

References

  1. ^ KEVIN WALKER (3/25/99 (9:30 PM)). "Maguire U. has jolly-good time". The Tampa Tribune. http://tampabayonline.net/sports/fin41023.htm.  

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Maguire University is a fictitious college invented in 1963 by a group of Chicago high school basketball coaches, for the sole purpose of securing tickets to the NCAA Final Four.

Contents

Maguire "University" is born

The idea was hatched by then-Fenwick High School coach Len Tyrrell at Maguire's Pub in Forest Park, Illinois. The NCAA fell for it, and so did at least one real school: the United States Air Force Academy, who contacted Tyrrell (Maguire's self-proclaimed "Chancellor") and asked to play his nonexistent team.

Maguire (nicknamed "the Jollymen") received Final Four tickets for two years, until Bill Jauss wrote about the scam in The Chicago Tribune. The NCAA was not amused. The coaches then had to acquire their own tickets, and at least one of them has attended every Final Four (or, as they call it, Final Five) ever since. Maguire's motto, "We Play Hurt," is a reference to the hangovers accrued by Maguire's "students." [1]

Tyrrell grew the faux-university's "enrollment" from the original eight members to well over 150 in the thirty-plus years he ran the phony school. He was also named Maguire's first Hall of Fame member, after resigning his position in 2000. Kelly's Pub, on Webster Street in Chicago, serves as the college's "campus" since the closing of Maguire's Pub in 1988.

Maguire's 2010 Final Five Headquarters will be located at the Columbia Club, at Monument Circle in Indianapolis, while the the MU 50th Year Celebration is scheduled for New Orleans in 2013.

Maguire University Board of Regents (2009-2010)


: President: Art Duffy
: Vice-President: George Hoey
: Treasurer: Beth Larocca
: Recording Secretary: Shawn Roberts
: Director of Admissions & Alumni Relations: Jim Dillon
: Social Secretary: John Kelly
: Historian 1 (1963-1999): Tom Moore
: Historian 2 (2000-Present): Leslie Spangler
: Law School Dean: Ernie DiBenedetto
: Board Member: Mike DiBenedetto
: Board Member: Mike Kress
: Board Member: Art Duffy Sr.
: Board Member: Jack Begley
: Board Member: Polly Kelly
: Board Member: Tom Scanlan
: Board Member: Jim Abercrombie

References

  1. ^ KEVIN WALKER (3/25/99 (9:30 PM)). "Maguire U. has jolly-good time". The Tampa Tribune. http://tampabayonline.net/sports/fin41023.htm. 

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