Actor and comedian Rob Riggle was back in Lawrence on Saturday morning to be a part of ESPN’s GameDay show from Allen Fieldhouse.
He said his more important job, though, was going to come later when KU faced West Virginia at 5 p.m.
“This is an important game,” Riggle told The Star. “And I’m really glad that I’m here for it.”
Riggle, who graduated from Shawnee Mission South and KU, rattled off the Big 12 standings by memory. Texas Tech is 10-3, KU is 9-4 and West Virginia is 8-5.
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“It couldn’t be any tighter right now. We’re coming down the home stretch,” Riggle said. “I want to be here to support the Jayhawks.”
Riggle later explained that his connection to KU went back many years.
“I used to sit in that section right there when I was a student here,” Riggle said, pointing up to the northwest corner of Allen Fieldhouse. “So coming back here always brings back a lot of great memories.”
As part of his appearance on GameDay, Riggle received a huge ovation from KU fans when he took numerous other teams out of the ESPN analysts’ “Circle of Tournament Trust” board before putting the KU sticker squarely in the middle. Riggle also attempted a few half-court shots on TV, with one of them glancing off the rim.
Many KU fans lingered after the show ended to take selfies with Riggle.
“Kansas people in general, but KU fans especially are incredibly nice to me,” Riggle said. “And it’s fun to be in this environment.”