Minutes before Louisville tipped off against Oregon at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the name “Worldwide Wes” began circulating on Twitter among college basketball circles.
Turns out, the influential basketball power broker — actual name William Wesley — was banned from credentialed areas at the NCAA tournament site. USA Today’s Dan Wolken was all over the mini-commotion:
Pictures of William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley have been distributed to security guards. He isn’t allowed in the building tonight
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 29, 2013
Turns out, Wesley was already in the building, but was barred from entering credentialed areas — news conferences, locker rooms, etc. He was allowed in with a ticket. Wesley has pretty close ties to both Nike — Oregon is a Nike team — and Kentucky Coach John Calipari. Here’s the picture the security guards had.
— Mark Blankenbaker(@UofLSheriff50) March 29, 2013
Wesley was evidently unaware.
Talked to Worldwide Wes inside stadium. He didn’t know security had a photo of him and been told not to let him in areas without credential.
— Thayer Evans (@ThayerEvansSI) March 29, 2013
CBSSports’ Gary Parrish also brought up a good point.
So Wes can’t be in restricted areas at a Regional but can roam free at the LeBron Camp with dozens of recruits? NCAA, you are hilarious.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 29, 2013
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Photos: Scenes from the tournament