St. Louis senior forward, Brian Conklin, broke down following the team’s 65-61 loss to Michigan State in the round of 32. Conklin scored 11 points in his final game under head coach Rick Majerus.
Conklin wasn’t the first NCAA Tournament participant to get tearful following a loss. Kansas State’s head coach, Frank Martin, broke down over his best player, Jamar Samuels, being held out of his final game of his college career for taking $200 from his former AAU coach.
Obviously, this is a passionate time for these coaches and players. The stakes are high and the emotions even higher. There still are more games to be played, and therefore, more teams will fall out of the tournament and certainly more tears will be shed.