One of famed “Fab 5″ watches UT-Michigan in Austin


Austin (KXAN) – Plenty of Longhorn fans in Austin Saturday were glued to the game–many at local sports bars.  Among the burnt orange–some famous blue.

Hands were on drinks and food, and eyes were on the University of Texas versus the University of Michigan game.

“I am an avid Longhorn supporter,” said Katina Herring, “Basketball, football, and track.”

Herring shared a table Saturday with the proverbial enemy of the day. But, you might know the guy.

“Born and raised in Austin, Texas,” he said, “Flew the coop to go to Michigan.”

It’s Ray Jackson. The product of Austin’s LBJ high school was one-fifth of the famed “Fab Five” at Michigan in the early 1990s.

“We had a great time; played in the National Championship two years in a row, played with some NBA players. So, it was just a great experience,” Jackson said.

In Austin, he’s surrounded by burnt orange.

We asked him if on his bracket this year he had Michigan and Texas meeting. He did.

“Yes, most definitely. When I saw that, I was praying for this day, because I knew it would bring family and friends together,” said Jackson, “[We] come out and eat, relax, and watch the game.  I know there’s a lot of loyal people that loved me when I was at Michigan, but they’re die hard Texas fans, and I respect that. But, I gotta go with the blue.”

And blue advanced.

For basketball fans, the thing about March? You just keep watching–stressing over your brackets.

“Ohio State killed me,” said Herring, “And Duke!”

“I do it every year, and I’ve been unsuccessful every year,” said Jackson, laughing, “And it’s getting worse every year!”

The native Texan has the Wolverines going all the way.

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