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Photos: The Biggest Celebrity Fan For Every School

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Fandom isn't for the faint of heart. We must go through the ecstasy of victory and the agony of defeat. One great thing about being a fan though, is the communities we create to share our team with. Every fan base has at least one big-time fan that riles up the crowd and gives us a voice on social media.

There's no doubt that some of the glamour programs in college football and college basketball have more celebrity fans than most. USC, UCLA, Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and Ohio State are just a few that boast numerous famous supporters.

Of course, the state schools - or the schools that boast great performing arts schools - have a leg up in this category. That'll be pretty obvious as you read on.

We've gone through and picked out who we believe is the most famous celebrity fan for each major college football/basketball program. We imagine there's going to be some debate - and that's okay.

Keep in mind that we aren't just listing out the most famous person from each school - we're telling you the most famous fan of each school, even if they didn't go to the university.

ACC Atlantic

Clemson - Former NFL head coach Rex Ryan is a huge Clemson supporter - as evidenced by the below photo.

Florida State - With apologies to Mia Khalifa, Burt Reynolds is probably a little more deserving.

">April 27, 2016

Louisville - This one is easy. Jennifer Lawrence, one of the most famous women in the world, supports U of L.

">@GoCards

Go Louisville !!!!! @GoCards@UKAthletics@WhoCarols#JenniferLawrence ??????? pic.twitter.com/oZFw8dBPDJ

— Xoxo Monster ! (@Jlaw_MyLife) February 8, 2016

">@UKAthletics

Go Louisville !!!!! @GoCards@UKAthletics@WhoCarols#JenniferLawrence ??????? pic.twitter.com/oZFw8dBPDJ

— Xoxo Monster ! (@Jlaw_MyLife) February 8, 2016

">@WhoCarols #JenniferLawrencepic.twitter.com/oZFw8dBPDJ

— Clara Guissard (@Jlaw_MyLife)

Go Louisville !!!!! @GoCards@UKAthletics@WhoCarols#JenniferLawrence ??????? pic.twitter.com/oZFw8dBPDJ

— Xoxo Monster ! (@Jlaw_MyLife) February 8, 2016

">February 8, 2016

NC State - Zach Galifianakis is a noted NC State fan, even though he attended but did not graduate from the school.

">@galifianakisz you are a trickster pic.twitter.com/S7igNbDelG — Dr↟Kyle Long↟ ॐॐॐPhD (@diamondkrl)

Makes perfect sense to me. @galifianakisz you are a trickster pic.twitter.com/S7igNbDelG

— Dr↟Kyle Long↟ ॐॐॐPhD (@diamondkrl) May 23, 2016

">May 23, 2016

Syracuse - Carmelo Anthony comes to mind, but the answer is Vice President Joe Biden.

">April 12, 2016

Wake Forest - This one was tough - but we went with former basketball player Chris Paul.

">August 29, 2015

Boston College - Elisabeth Hasselbeck, married to Tim, is probably the most well-known of BC fans.

">@ehasselbeck) turns 39 today. pic.twitter.com/X95yND2BCb

— Charles Apple (@charlesapple)

Media birthday: Former talk show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck (@ehasselbeck) turns 39 today. pic.twitter.com/X95yND2BCb

— Charles Apple (@charlesapple) May 28, 2016

">May 28, 2016

ACC Coastal

North Carolina - He doesn't make it to games that often, but Michael Jordan is definitely the most famous Carolina fan.

">April 5, 2016

Pittsburgh - This was a toss-up between Dan Marino and Larry Fitzgerald. We went with Marino.

Miami - Miami has a ton of famous alums, but it's hard to beat the celebrity status of The Rock.

">@TheRock pic.twitter.com/CHhFxeYdrF — John Fernstrom (@john_fernstrom)

We all know who should be the next Miami Hurricanes coach...@TheRockpic.twitter.com/CHhFxeYdrF

— John Fernstrom (@john_fernstrom) October 26, 2015

">October 26, 2015

Duke - With apologies to Tony Romo, we went with actor Rob Lowe.

">@Duke_FB game:

Never know who you might see at a @Duke_FB game: @RobLowe! & son Matthew (happy birthday Matthew). Photo courtesy Rob pic.twitter.com/6jK5MZ1VFI

— Triangle Downtowner (@WeLoveDowntown) September 26, 2015

">@RobLowe! & son Matthew (happy birthday Matthew). Photo courtesy Rob pic.twitter.com/6jK5MZ1VFI

— Triangle Downtowner (@WeLoveDowntown)

Never know who you might see at a @Duke_FB game: @RobLowe! & son Matthew (happy birthday Matthew). Photo courtesy Rob pic.twitter.com/6jK5MZ1VFI

— Triangle Downtowner (@WeLoveDowntown) September 26, 2015

">September 26, 2015

Virginia Tech - This was another tough one with no clear answer. Michael Vick gets the nod.

">June 7, 2016

Virginia - UVA actually has a number of famous fans, like Tina Fey and John Grisham. We went with Katie Couric, though.

">@katiecouric #NowIGetItpic.twitter.com/y7H6bcmF33 — Nicole|Peacock ☀️ (@mariskaxcouric) March 13, 2015

Georgia Tech - Former president Jimmy Carter, who attended G-Tech, is its most famous fan.

">@georgiatech.http://t.co/yAbi06EGWg#stampsscholars

Jimmy Carter talks with Joe Boltri about his time @georgiatech.http://t.co/yAbi06EGWg#stampsscholars@CarterCenterpic.twitter.com/Gw1uEt8OjC

— Stamps Foundation (@stamps_scholars) March 12, 2014

">@CarterCenter pic.twitter.com/Gw1uEt8OjC — Stamps Foundation (@stamps_scholars)

Jimmy Carter talks with Joe Boltri about his time @georgiatech.http://t.co/yAbi06EGWg#stampsscholars@CarterCenterpic.twitter.com/Gw1uEt8OjC

— Stamps Foundation (@stamps_scholars) March 12, 2014

">March 12, 2014

ACC Honorable Mention: Notre Dame - Regis Philbin is a Notre Dame grad and still a huge supporter.

">October 31, 2013


Big 12

Oklahoma - With apologies to Jim Ross, we went with movie star Olivia Munn. She's an OU grad.

">February 29, 2016

Oklahoma State - Is it T. Boone Pickens or Garth Brooks? We went with Pickens - the stadium is named after him. 

">May 23, 2016

TCU - This one was hard. Ladainian Tomlinson, one of the best NFL running backs of all-time, gets the nod.

">@tcuroyce and Ladanian Tomlinson #LTpic.twitter.com/jIcxTt4dOi — chad clay (@cepchad)

At Tcu vs WVU last night in suites with @tcuroyce and Ladanian Tomlinson #LTpic.twitter.com/jIcxTt4dOi

— chad clay (@cepchad) October 30, 2015

">October 30, 2015

Baylor - Selena Gomez, who is from Texas, has a dog named Baylor. That's good enough for us.

">@Selenagomez pic.twitter.com/jbimOftlBm — Margaux (@MargomezHale) March 23, 2016

West Virginia - Brad Paisley seems to support a few different teams, but he's a Mountaineer at heart.

">September 27, 2015

Texas Tech - Pat Green, a country music singer, is probably the Red Raiders' most famous fan.

">September 1, 2015

Texas - This one is Matthew McConaughey, and there's no debate.

">@bradwyman's birthday. pic.twitter.com/xOYfHuqoxa — Buzz Wyzinski (@buzzwyzinski)

Good evening Texas! McConaughey knows - 2+2 = 4 days until @bradwyman's birthday. pic.twitter.com/xOYfHuqoxa

— Buzz Wyzinski (@buzzwyzinski) May 10, 2016

">May 10, 2016

Kansas State - Eric Stonestreet, of Modern Family fame, is the clear answer here.

">January 14, 2016

Kansas - Comedian Jason Sudeikis is a big Kansas supporter.

Iowa State - Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg has to get the nod here.

">March 15, 2015

Big Ten East

Michigan State - Former basketball player Magic Johnson is easily the school's biggest fan.

">November 23, 2015

Ohio State - LeBron didn't go to Ohio State, because he didn't go to college. But he's always said he would have gone to OSU.

">March 15, 2016

Michigan - Michigan has plenty of options, like Tom Brady or Kate Upton. Derek Jeter is tops in our book though.

">February 21, 2016

Penn State - Ryan Seacrest's father went to Penn State, and he's a huge fan.

">@KnockKnockFOX, did you know

With the premiere of @KnockKnockFOX, did you know @RyanSeacrest's Dad went 2 @penn_state & he has attended games ?⚪️ pic.twitter.com/uDUdwf1SVS

— the S zone (@the_S_zone) July 22, 2015

">@RyanSeacrest's Dad went 2

With the premiere of @KnockKnockFOX, did you know @RyanSeacrest's Dad went 2 @penn_state & he has attended games ?⚪️ pic.twitter.com/uDUdwf1SVS

— the S zone (@the_S_zone) July 22, 2015

">@penn_state & he has attended gamespic.twitter.com/uDUdwf1SVS — the S zone (@the_S_zone)

With the premiere of @KnockKnockFOX, did you know @RyanSeacrest's Dad went 2 @penn_state & he has attended games ?⚪️ pic.twitter.com/uDUdwf1SVS

— the S zone (@the_S_zone) July 22, 2015

">July 22, 2015

Indiana - Billionaire Mark Cuban went to Indiana, and he's one of the most famous businessmen in the world.

">June 7, 2015

Maryland - Kevin Plank, the founder of Under Armour, went to Maryland. But we'll go with Scott Van Pelt.

">@notthefakeSVP) talks w/some of first students in line for the Maryland-Duke game #UMD

ESPN's Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) talks w/some of first students in line for the Maryland-Duke game #UMD@WTOPpic.twitter.com/li2Rngic

— Michelle Basch (@mbaschWTOP) January 25, 2012

">@WTOP pic.twitter.com/li2Rngic — Michelle Basch (@mbaschWTOP)

ESPN's Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) talks w/some of first students in line for the Maryland-Duke game #UMD@WTOPpic.twitter.com/li2Rngic

— Michelle Basch (@mbaschWTOP) January 25, 2012

">January 25, 2012

Rutgers - Celebrity chef Mario Batali is probably Rutgers' most famous fan.

">September 16, 2015

Big Ten WestIowa - Ashton Kutcher beats out Tom Arnold here. No doubt about it.

">@aplusk is reppin' his roots with our Iowa Ebbets cap! pic.twitter.com/pJx6k8zNZC — Tailgate (@TailgateIowa)

Our fella Ashton Kutcher @aplusk is reppin' his roots with our Iowa Ebbets cap! pic.twitter.com/pJx6k8zNZC

— Tailgate (@TailgateIowa) December 6, 2015

">December 6, 2015

Northwestern - Comedian Seth Meyers is a big Wildcats fan, but we gave the edge to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whose son plays for the Northwestern basketball team. 

Wisconsin - At this point, it's probably J.J. Watt. The guy is seemingly everywhere.

">April 16, 2016

Nebraska - You could easily pick Warren Buffett here, but we'll go with Gabrielle Union.

">March 24, 2016

Minnesota - Tony Dungy, former NFL coach, is the choice here.

">April 28, 2016

Illinois - Comedian Bill Murray is a big Illinois supporter.

">@IlliniAthletics' top celebrity fan?

Who is @IlliniAthletics' top celebrity fan? @BTNSean picked Bill Murray. Agree? http://t.co/kiCuhBXgJVpic.twitter.com/SeuVA7eDMe

— Illinois on BTN (@IllinoisOnBTN) July 25, 2014

">@BTNSean picked Bill Murray. Agree? http://t.co/kiCuhBXgJVpic.twitter.com/SeuVA7eDMe — Illinois on BTN (@IllinoisOnBTN)

Who is @IlliniAthletics' top celebrity fan? @BTNSean picked Bill Murray. Agree? http://t.co/kiCuhBXgJVpic.twitter.com/SeuVA7eDMe

— Illinois on BTN (@IllinoisOnBTN) July 25, 2014

">July 25, 2014

Purdue - There weren't many options here, so the answer is Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

">May 2, 2016

Pac-12 North

Oregon - Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike, is an Oregon alum. He's a big reason the Ducks have new uniforms every week.

">March 25, 2016

Washington State - Keith Jackson, former sportscaster, is Washington State's most famous fan.

">@ESFloyd: "Today we celebrated the naming of Keith Jackson Hall at WSU. pic.twitter.com/GcBQzvUadI" — Evan Schreiber (@SchreiberEvan)

The #GOAT. Soph-uh-more! #Wazzu MT @ESFloyd: "Today we celebrated the naming of Keith Jackson Hall at WSU. pic.twitter.com/GcBQzvUadI"

— Evan Schreiber (@SchreiberEvan) September 12, 2014

">September 12, 2014

Stanford - There are a few options here, but it's hard to go with anyone other than Tiger Woods.

">May 25, 2016

California - Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz is a huge Cal supporter.

">@countingcrows to give u a big s/o !! RT “

U need #1 #Cal fan Adam Duritz @countingcrows to give u a big s/o !! RT “@BryceTreggs I'm almost at 2K!” #GoBears RT pic.twitter.com/vyrW5irh

— MKisco (@Kisco75) January 4, 2012

">@BryceTreggs I'm almost at 2K!” #GoBears RT pic.twitter.com/vyrW5irh — Kisco Sandernista (@Kisco75)

U need #1 #Cal fan Adam Duritz @countingcrows to give u a big s/o !! RT “@BryceTreggs I'm almost at 2K!” #GoBears RT pic.twitter.com/vyrW5irh

— MKisco (@Kisco75) January 4, 2012

">January 4, 2012

Washington - Comedian Joel McHale played for the football team and is a huge fan.

">@joelmchale was a tight end at the Univ. of Washington. I did not know that. http://t.co/doXCdsSmRMpic.twitter.com/6wgM4Erkr3 — David Carroll (@DAVIDCARROLL3)

Fact: @TheSoup's @joelmchale was a tight end at the Univ. of Washington. I did not know that. http://t.co/doXCdsSmRMpic.twitter.com/6wgM4Erkr3

— David Carroll (@DAVIDCARROLL3) July 2, 2014

">July 2, 2014

Oregon State - Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson is probably the most famous fan, over Gary Payton.

Pac-12 South

USC - Snoop Dogg is a Trojans fan, but we're going with Will Ferrell here, especially after giving the commencement speech this year.

Utah - This was the hardest of all the Power 5 schools. Quarterback Alex Smith gets the nod.

UCLA - Mark Harmon, of NCIS fame, is a huge fan and a former quarterback at the school.

">December 22, 2013

Arizona State - Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is a huge Arizona State fan.

">@JimmyKimmel &

Dynamic duo @JimmyKimmel & @ChelseaClinton here at @ASU@CGIU#CGIU#CGIU2014 Surprise! pic.twitter.com/wrkwlHilPw

— Amira Polack (@apolack) March 23, 2014

">@ChelseaClinton here at

Dynamic duo @JimmyKimmel & @ChelseaClinton here at @ASU@CGIU#CGIU#CGIU2014 Surprise! pic.twitter.com/wrkwlHilPw

— Amira Polack (@apolack) March 23, 2014

">@ASU

Dynamic duo @JimmyKimmel & @ChelseaClinton here at @ASU@CGIU#CGIU#CGIU2014 Surprise! pic.twitter.com/wrkwlHilPw

— Amira Polack (@apolack) March 23, 2014

">@CGIU #CGIU#CGIU2014 Surprise! pic.twitter.com/wrkwlHilPw — Amira Polack (@apolack)

Dynamic duo @JimmyKimmel & @ChelseaClinton here at @ASU@CGIU#CGIU#CGIU2014 Surprise! pic.twitter.com/wrkwlHilPw

— Amira Polack (@apolack) March 23, 2014

">March 23, 2014

Arizona - The Hoff - David Hasselhoff's daughter went to Arizona, so he's a big Wildcats supporter.

">@RickAstley pic.twitter.com/oAfyVHdane — David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff)

GoodLuck on your new number one @RickAstleypic.twitter.com/oAfyVHdane

— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) June 16, 2016

">June 16, 2016

Colorado - We're going with the dynamic duo of Trey Parker and Matt Stone - the South Park creators.

">February 24, 2016

SEC East

Florida - At this point, the answer is former dance team member Erin Andrews.

Tennessee - Kenny Chesney can be seen wearing any jersey at any time, but he's a Tennessee guy underneath it all.

">September 15, 2012

Georgia - Samuel L. Jackson is a rabid Dawgs fan - he's vocal about it on Twitter, too.

Vanderbilt - Cover your eyes, Vanderbilt fans. This one's FS1 talking head Skip Bayless.

">December 10, 2015

Kentucky - With apologies to Ashley Judd, who attends most games, we went with Drake. He's a mega-star.


Missouri - Star singer Sheryl Crow is from Missouri and roots for the Tigers every week.

">December 16, 2015

South Carolina - This one is Darius Rucker in a landslide.

">@RickHenry10: Darius Rucker scores the1st td in the #gamecocks spring game. pic.twitter.com/MDaf0LfvPC"of course — Sammie (@Sam24usc)

"@RickHenry10: Darius Rucker scores the1st td in the #gamecocks spring game. pic.twitter.com/MDaf0LfvPC"of course

— Sam (@Sam24usc) April 11, 2015

">April 11, 2015

SEC West

Alabama - The Crimson Tide boasts a number of fans, but we think Courteney Cox is the biggest. 

">June 15, 2015

Ole Miss - We realize Katy Perry isn't living and dying with every Ole Miss game, but after her appearance in 2014, there is no other choice.

">@duntaej with

@duntaej with @katyperry on our side. Anything is possible pic.twitter.com/GA3E2jMs0w

— Christian Robinson❄️ (@OleMiss_Chris) November 22, 2015

">@katyperry on our side. Anything is possible pic.twitter.com/GA3E2jMs0w

— Christian Robinson (@OleMiss_Chris)

@duntaej with @katyperry on our side. Anything is possible pic.twitter.com/GA3E2jMs0w

— Christian Robinson❄️ (@OleMiss_Chris) November 22, 2015

">November 22, 2015

Arkansas - Golfer John Daly is a huge Arkansas supporter.

LSU - Shaquille O'Neal, who played basketball for the school, is its most famous fan.

">June 10, 2016

Texas A&M - George H.W. Bush has a presidential library at Texas A&M, so he roots for the Aggies.

">March 5, 2016

Mississippi State - Major League Baseball pitcher Jonathan Papelbon went to MSU and is a Bulldog die-hard.

">October 11, 2014

Auburn - Apple CEO Tim Cook is a huge Tigers fan, and he's about as famous as it gets.

">November 29, 2015

Did we miss anyone? Let us know.