UNC Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp will be doing some schmoozing this weekend when he attends the Final Four with his family.
The itinerary, according to a university spokesman: Thorp and his family will fly to Detroit with a donor and return with the team. The athletic department covers the cost of game tickets, lodging and the return flight for Thorp and his wife, Patti. The Thorps will pay for their children to attend and travel.
Thorp will represent the university at official events sponsored by the alumni association, the Ram’s Club and the athletic department, including a pre-game reception Saturday.
Thorp had similar duties last month during the ACC tournament in Atlanta.
Under state ethics laws, the university cannot give away game tickets but state officials can purchase them from the athletics office. As of Friday, the university has received Final Four ticket requests from Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight’s office - for two tickets - and from Gov. Beverly Perdue’s office - for four tickets.
Perdue has only requested tickets if the Heels advance to Monday’s national title game, according to the university.