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Today, the White House issued a press release naming Kevin Martin as the next Chairman of the FCC. See White House release here. In the release it mentions that Martin is from North Carolina (as am I) and that he attended UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke (Harvard Law as well, but for the purposes of this blog, that school does not fit.)

I graduated from Wake Forest University, so I thought it would be pertinent to point out that all of these North Carolina ACC schools are now competing in the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament and many have opined that UNC, Duke AND Wake Forest could all get to the Final Four in St. Louis. (NC State and Charlotte are NCAA teams from NC as well, but for the purposes of this blog, those schools do not fit.)

Parenthetically, Cisco’s CEO attended Duke before transferring back to his home state of West Virginia (also in the NCAA’s and a potential second round match-up with Wake Forest) to finish undergrad and then law. (See John Chambers statement on Kevin Martin here.) He also got his MBA from Indiana -- (sorry, but not represented in the NCAA’s this year).

What has this blog got to do with telecom policy, you might ask. Nothing. It is all about the Men’s NCAA tournament. I would hazard a guess that Chairman Martin will be watching the tournament and be pulling for his two NC schools, although my guess is that he is really a Carolina fan -- it is nearly impossible to be a North Carolinian and be a fan of both Carolina AND Duke -- he may be able to straddle that line, but deep-down he would state that his blood in Carolina blue (with respect for Coach K and what the Duke program has accomplished). If he could hang out somewhere on Franklin Street and watch the games, all the better. After all, as the former student body president at UNC, he could be excommunicated from Carolina if rumored to be rooting for Duke.

In conclusion…congratulations to Chairman Martin. I will, of course, be pulling for Wake Forest to FINALLY play some defense in the tournament and hopefully live up to their potential (read: hype). Should Wake meet either Carolina or Duke in the final (hey, a kid can dream), here’s hoping that Wake hits 32 or 32 free throws (again) and JJ Redick doesn’t score 40 points.

P.S. For those of you filling out your NCAA brackets (for entertainment purposes only), remember that Wake is the #1 seed of the #2 seeds. Please, Wake, play some defense.

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