When Jamelle Elliott stepped to the podium Tuesday for the first time as a head basketball coach, she said her heart began to race.
Not surprising, really. You don't work for a dozen years as an assistant without having aspirations about running your own program.
But the reality of being Cincinnati's new coach wasn't responsible for all her nerves.
When she looked out into the audience, she saw her mentor, father-figure, dear friend looking back her.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma flew to Cincinnati to be with her - commercially, apparently - and Jamelle knew telling him how much she appreciated him wouldn't be easy.
And Renee Montgomery gets President Obama's basketball:
After their game was over and Obama had made one last fadeaway jumper, Montgomery tracked down the basketball. Walking back to the White House, she asked if she could keep it.
“He paused for a good moment to think, so I got nervous,” Montgomery said. “Then he said, ‘I only have this one and it’s my campaign ball, but yes, you can have it.’ Then he asked somebody for a pen, so he could sign it. As he gave it to me, he said, ‘This should be a lesson for everybody to be a go-getter.’”