Somehow, someway, the C-Unit has made their way to the Elite 8 of the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award.
Based on a surge of fan voting, the C-Unit, who can reach numbers approaching 3,000 on game days, has navigated through the beauty pageant portion of the competition. Now the group, along with their seven fellow finalists, go in front of the Naismith Board of Selectors to determine the eventual winner and the recipient of the $5,000 grand prize.
With national recognition like this, it's no wonder that the Athletic Department is packing 50 of the kids along for the trip to the conference tournament.
It's heady days for the group. I remember when, not so long ago, it was a crew of six-ish freshmen standing off to the side of the rest of the student body. Not only did it quickly take over as the face of the student section in the CEC, but it also helped to inflate numbers and participation overall. Now the stadium is treated to a full spectacle of student participation:
Of course, I would strongly argue that, with the recent string of failures in Folsom, a large portion of the students are grasping at anything worth getting excited over. However, that doesn't diminish the fact that they have shown up this season, ready and willing to support the team with a ferocity usually reserved for traditional powerhouses in the ACC and the Big 10.
The story isn't where they've come from, it's what they're doing now. The CEC is one of the best hoop environments in the west because they're kicking so much ass.
Keep up the good work, C-Unit; we're going to need you next year. You're doing your university and the hoops program proud!