Baylor’s basketball team advanced to Sweet 16 with a second-round win over USC in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, and they decided to include a reporter in their celebration.
truTV’s Dana Jacobson conducted a postgame interview with Baylor’s team, and when it concluded, Baylor coach Scott Drew grabbed the mic and explained that the team was going to mess up the reporter’s hair as part of a continued tradition.
“Last time we went to the Sweet 16 we had Craig Sager, and we did a tribute for him. So we’re going to do the same thing for you,” he said.
The members of the team then reached in to mess up Jacobson’s hair.
Awesome. @BaylorMBB pays tribute to Craig Sager in a special celebration with @danajacobson. pic.twitter.com/pawtf5yoFg
— March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV) March 20, 2017
Jacobson was holding a mic with a “Sager Strong” logo on it in honor of the late sideline reporter, so maybe that’s what gave Drew the idea.
Jacobson handled herself well for what was undoubtedly an uncomfortable and startling moment — one that some may feel crossed a line. Here’s what Jacobson later tweeted:
@BaylorMBB from Coach Drew to the young men I met-Ish-Jake-Manu ALL were a pleasure to cover. You honored ME w/ a #SagerStrong tribute! https://t.co/FHoyCCJ6Id
— Dana Jacobson (@danajacobson) March 20, 2017