First student in line named cheer captain for ESPN's 'College GameDay'

Saturday, February 4, 2012 | 3:53 p.m. CST; updated 11:54 p.m. CST, Monday, February 20, 2012

COLUMBIA — To get the ESPN "College GameDay" festivities started, cast member Digger Phelps sauntered onto the court wearing a dark suit, lilac shirt and dark purple tie. He paused for a moment to take in the crowd of nearly 5,000, glancing from one corner of the arena to the other. Then he raised his arms upward repeatedly as if he were lifting a heavy load to work the crowd into a frenzy.