The Delaware Blue Hens' hopes to become this year's NCAA basketball cinderella story quickly ended Thursday, but not without a funny story.
Delaware Head Coach Monte Ross detailed on Wednesday how he missed a call from Vice President Joe Biden the morning of their March 10 conference championship game against William & Mary. Biden, who is a 1965 alumnus of Delaware, was in Chile at the time.
"We were at breakfast the day of the game and I look down and I never answer my phone on game day. And I look down and it was a 202 number, so I just pressed ignore,” Ross told reporters, according to USA Today. “But I will listen to my messages. And I listened to my messages and I had a message from Vice President Biden, that he was calling to wish us luck."
After a bit of phone tag, the two were able to connect, but Ross joked that it was a "really bad move" to miss the initial phone call.
"Bad move to ignore the vice president," he said. "Really bad move.”
Biden was not the only big-name politician to show support for the Blue Hens' great season. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a 1984 graduate, tweeted some praise after their 93-78 loss to the Michigan State Spartans on Thursday.
Proud of my alma mater, the U of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens, for the fight they put up against the Spartans and their great season#gohens
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) March 20, 2014
UPDATE (1:55 p.m. ET): Biden's office tweeted Friday that he called Ross again, congratulating the Blue Hens on their great season.
Called @CoachMonteRoss from AF2 to say congrats on a great season & to tell him I look forward to hosting the team at my DC residence -- VP
— Office of VP Biden (@VP) March 21, 2014