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The 100 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate (Whatever the Cost)

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1. Carolina-Duke basketball at Cameron

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The Carolina-Duke frenzy reaches its delirious climax in the Crazy confines of Cameron Indoor Stadium.
John Biever

Why would someone spend as many as four weeks waiting in line for a basketball game that takes two hours to play? Because when it comes to a battle between North Carolina and Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the waiting is part of the experience. Krzyzewskiville, as the tent city outside Cameron is known, has all the comforts of campus. You can toss Frisbees and footballs, blast music, drink beverages, do homework -- made easier by high-speed Internet lines provided by the university -- take naps and scope out members of the opposite sex. (It has been scientifically proven that the closer your tent is to the front of the line, the better your chances are of hooking up.) As the big game approaches, Krzyzewskiville becomes even more sprawling, and the air outside the arena is electric. The players and coaches wander around "town" and press the flesh, and on the eve of the game Coach K himself provides pizza for the tenters and invites them inside Cameron for a chalk talk.

Finally, the big day arrives and you rush in. At tip-off the bubble that has been building bursts in a blast of heat and noise that's sustained until the last tick of the clock. After a Blue Devils' victory, you and the rest of the Cameron Crazies storm the floor and then cap off the win with a huge bonfire back on West Campus. The next day you return to Cameron, fold up your tent and head back to the dorm, whereupon your folks call and ask, "Was it worth the wait?" To which you reply, "What wait?"

2. Order room service with Utah basketball coach Rick Majerus, who calls Salt Lake City's University Park Marriott home.

3. Tailgate in the Grove at Ole Miss, the 10-acre, debutante-stacked meadow on campus.

4. Drop off a race bib or medal at Pre's Rock in Eugene, Ore., the near-holy shrine where distance runner Steve Prefontaine was killed in a 1975 car accident.

5. Make like Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School and do a triple Lindy off your school's highest diving board.

6. Scratch the belly of Georgia mascot Uga VI.

7. Pull a Rudy and walk on to a varsity team. Just promise us you won't make a damn movie about it 20 years from now.

8. Eavesdrop on the pregame speech of South Carolina coach Lou Holtz, college football's most rousing speaker.

9. Get a jump on March Madness with Midnight Madness (a.k.a. Late Night with Bill Self) at Kansas, the nation's best hoops launch party.

10. Visit Boathouse Row, a cluster of 19th-century buildings in Philadelphia that marks the epicenter of U.S. rowing.

11. Throw back a few aboard a boat in Tennessee's Volunteer Navy.

12. Go to a Saint Joseph's basketball game and shout "The Hawk will never die!" -- the most defiant cheer in college sports.

13. Streak through a large lecture hall during class (as U.S. mile-record holder Steve Scott once did at UC Irvine).

14. Shake it all about with Virginia Tech faithful as they do the "Hokie" Pokey between the third and fourth quarters of home football games.

15. Catch a baseball game at Mississippi State from the Left Field Lounge -- temporary stands set up on run-down pickup trucks.

16. D-u-u-ude! Surf to class at UC Santa Barbara.

17. Watch runners in the Boston Marathon pass by from your perch at Boston College.

18. Roll out of bed late and catch a Wildcats football game at Arizona Stadium; two residence halls are built into the facility.

19. Have a cold one at the Esso Club, a converted gas station on the edge of the Clemson campus.

MUST-VISIT SPORTS SHRINES

20. The Palestra. Host to the first NCAA basketball championship game, in 1939, and countless classic Philadelphia Big Five matchups.

21. Notre Dame Stadium. The Gipper never played here (he died three years before it was built), but seven Heisman winners did.

22. Pauley Pavilion (UCLA). Wooden, Alcindor, Walton, 11 NCAA titles.

23. Fetzer Field (UNC). Home to the greatest dynasty in sports, the Tar Heels' women's soccer team (17 national championships in 20 years).

24. Hayward Field (Oregon). U.S. track and field's spiritual center.

25. IUPUI Natatorium. The favorite pool of (and fastest for) U.S. swimmers.

26. The Rose Bowl (UCLA). Home to the Granddaddy of Them All.

27. Allen Fieldhouse (Kansas). Rock! Chalk! Jayhawk! Dr. James Naismith, Phog Allen and Wilt Chamberlain.

28. Yost Ice Arena (Michigan). The rowdiest crowds in college hockey.

29. The Pit (New Mexico). Site of the greatest NCAA upset: the 1983 men's basketball final (N.C. State 54, Houston 52).

30. Michie Stadium (Army). It's been decades since the Cadets were a pigskin power, but this stadium on the Hudson hasn't lost its charm.

31. Franklin Field (Penn). The oldest football stadium still in operation.

32. Michigan Stadium. The Big House is the largest stadium in the nation.

33. Get dirrty at Oozeball, Connecticut's annual mud volleyball tournament. (We promise no Christina Aguilera.)

34. Have lunch at Miami's student union while you watch the diving team practice in the adjacent pool.

35. Pile eight guys into a van and road trip to the Final Four.

36. Wave your index finger toward the opposing goal and yell "Sieve! Sieve! Sieve!" at Boston's Beanpot Hockey Tournament.

37. Make like a high schooler, and roll the giant oak tree at Toomer's Corner with toilet paper after an Auburn win.

38. Check out the annual Bayou Classic, a double whammy of Southern vs. Grambling State: a football game and, more important, a Drumline-style battle of the bands.

39. Try to do the backstroke across the blue "Smurf turf" at Boise State's Bronco Stadium.

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More than 500 teams made up of students, faculty, and staff take part in Notre Dame's annual hoopsfest.
Bob Rosato

40. Come up with a cool name for your team in Notre Dame's Bookstore Basketball tournament, the world's largest outdoor five-on-five event.

41. Enter the Little 500 intramural bicycle race at Indiana.

42. Try to tear down the goalposts at Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium, which were reinforced with a steel-and-concrete base in 1998.

43. Scream your lungs out at Texas A&M's midnight Yell Practice.

44. Chill out at Dartmouth's Winter Carnival by taking part in the human dog-sled race or the polar bear swim.

45. Put on your best drag, join the masses of raging Wisconsin students and spend Halloween on Madison's State Street.

46. Fly ye to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational.

47. Jump into the alcove between any of the exterior columns at Syracuse's Carrier Dome. The echo sounds eerily like a laser gun being fired in Star Wars. (The film's sound designer, Ben Burtt, was raised in Syracuse.)

MUST-EAT SPOTS

48. Cap off an Alabama win (Roll Tide!) with ribs and white bread at Dreamland Bar-B-Que. The small chain has expanded, but the the original location is in Tuscaloosa. (Look for the neon NO FARTING sign.)

49. Sneak into Vanderbilt's McGugin Center for a training table meal. Chef Majid Noori deserves his own Food Network show.

50. Order a pint of Peachy Paterno from the Penn State Creamery.

51. A wiener isn't a wiener unless you buy it off the cart of James Carter, better known as The Hot Dog Man, at Ball State.

52. Stop by The Rathskellar -- a.k.a. The Rat -- after a North Carolina game for its famous lasagna, billed as a "Bowl Of Cheese."

53. At Qualcomm Stadium for a San Diego State football game? Head to Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, founded by an SDSU grad. Fish tacos are the signature dish, but if you're a high roller, go for the lobster burrito.

54. Have an artery-clogging sandwich at the Grease Trucks, a group of independently operated trailers on College Avenue in New Brunswick, N.J., home of Rutgers. Many of the delicacies have Fat in the name.

55. Dine at the Air Force Academy, which has the nation's largest on-campus cafeteria. Don't worry about finding your buddies: All seats are assigned by squadron.

56. Sign your name alongside countless Colorado alums on the wall or the ceiling at The Sink, where Robert Redford once worked as a janitor.

57. Bite -- if you can -- into The Hammer, a 1 1/2-pound monstrosity at Burger Boy, one block from the Texas A&M campus.

58. Play 18 at Stanford Golf Course, where Tiger Woods ruled before leaving for fame, fortune and Swedish nannies.

59. Embark on a quest to discover whether anyone really plays coed naked lacrosse, volleyball, field hockey, etc.

60. Scale the Lindseth Climbing Wall at Cornell, the largest indoor natural-rock wall in the country, then tackle Maryland's seven-sided, 60-foot-tall tower known as the Beast.

61. Play pickup basketball at Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse, site of the climactic game in Hoosiers.

62. Paint the A on "A" Mountain in both Tempe and Tucson, Ariz.

63. Attend the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Jacksonville, prelude to the Florida-Georgia football game.

64. Pay homage to the man who gave us basketball by visiting the grave of Dr. James Naismith in Lawrence, Kans.

65. Listen to a Washington football game while boating on Lake Washington, from which the stadium p.a. system is audible.

66. Travel to Collegeville, Minn., to see Saint John's legend John Gagliardi try to become college football's winningest coach.

67. Pick a friendly fight with a mascot; you won't do much damage through that furry suit.

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The Big Ten title is often on the line when league heavyweights Michigan and Ohio State square off.
John Biever

68. Gather at 6 a.m. before a home football game for Kegs and Eggs -- washing down runny eggs with beers -- at Notre Dame.

69. Dot the i in the Ohio State marching band's script Ohio (and then be pummeled by security).

70. Hang out in Cambridge, Mass., on the banks of the river and watch the Head of the Charles, the world's largest two-day rowing event.

71. Spend a college football Saturday watching games at ESPN in Bristol, Conn.

72. Shake ya tailfeather during Howard's homecoming week at Yardfest, a giant concert-party that has featured Jay-Z, Erykah Badu and LL Cool J.

73. Strap on a helmet and enter the Purdue Grand Prix, a 50-mile, 160-lap go-kart race.

MUST-SEE RIVALRIES

74. So you washed out of ROTC after just one week? You can still attend the Army-Navy game. Then drop and gimme 20, you worthless maggot!

75. See a Connecticut-Tennessee women's basketball game. When the teams played in Hartford in a blizzard three years ago, more than 15,000 fans showed. This is now the fiercest rivalry in college sports.

76. Go jump in a lake, as they do in Columbus on the Thursday before the Michigan-Ohio State football game. Then towel off and enjoy the town for 36 hours before heading to Saturday's showdown.

77. Attend the only matchup that can claim the moniker The Big Game: Cal-Stanford football. (If you snag a seat on Tight Wad Hill when Berkeley hosts, you can watch sans admission.)

78. Channel your inner Ivy Leaguer and take in the Harvard-Yale regatta -- the oldest intercollegiate athletic event on these shores. The first race was contested on Aug. 3, 1852.

79. Find your way to Minneapolis, in a state where hockey is king, for the drop of the puck at a North Dakota-Minnesota game.

80. Pick your side in the Bluegrass State's Kentucky-Louisville war, whose intensity went up when Rick Pitino returned to the college ranks.

81. Watch a lacrosse game between Johns Hopkins and Maryland. The two powerhouses face off for the 100th time in April.

82. Travel to eastern Pennsylvania for the nation's oldest football rivalry, Lafayette vs. Lehigh. The schools have butted heads since 1884.

83. Perfect your drawl at the Iron Bowl, the Alabama-Auburn football game. Yell "War Eagle!" in the first half and "Roll Tide!" in the second. And you can't go wrong with Freebird during intermission.

84 Head to the Texas State Fair in Dallas for the Red River Shootout, the Oklahoma-Texas pigskin clash played at the Cotton Bowl.

85 Catch a performance of the Florida A&M Marching 100 -- the self-proclaimed "marchingest, baddest, most electrifying band in the world."

86. Ask out the starting quarterback or head cheerleader.

87. Climb to the top row of Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium, the highest
football stadium (7,220-foot elevation) in the country.

88. Arrive at a game with a letter painted on your chest so you and your friends can spell out your school's name. (Guys can do this, too.)

89. Go bowling at the Hippodrome on George Washington's campus, home to the only public lanes in downtown D.C.

90. Compete in such inebriated events as the Happy Meal 800 meters and the Naked 400 meters in the Beer Olympics at Oregon.

91. Attend the College World Series in Omaha, an 11-day baseball fest that gives you the chance to see future major leaguers pinging the ball out of Rosenblatt Stadium.

92. Visit the original Pizza Hut, a modest 1,077-square-foot building on the Wichita State campus.

93. Take a lap around the track at the Penn Relays.

94. Tailgate in South Carolina's Cockaboose Railroad, a string of 22 cabooses on unused tracks outside Williams-Brice Stadium.

95. Call it Inuit-ion, but we think you'll love Anchorage, site of the Great Alaska Shootout.

96. Pretend you're a Clemson football player and run down the Hill at Death Valley. Be sure to touch Howard's Rock before you begin your descent.

97. Complete a brewery tour near the Colorado State campus. Start with the Anheuser Busch facility, find your way to O'Dells Brewing Company then stagger to New Belgium Brewing Co.

98. Sit in the front row of the student section for a Kansas State football game. Crowd surf up to the top when the Wildcats score.

99. Pop an Altoid and head out to Full Moon on the Quad at Stanford. At midnight seniors and freshmen meet to lock lips.

100. If you really plan to graduate after doing all this, um, maybe you should go to a few classes?

Issue date: September 30, 2003

SI On Campus: September 30, 2003 issue 
SI ON CAMPUS
Sports Illustrated On Campus, a new magazine covering college sports and collegiate lifestyles, is available as an insert in 72 major college newspapers across the country every Thursday throughout the school year. Click any of the links below to see selected content from the latest issue:

Cover story: 100 Things You Gotta Do
Road Trip: Knoxville, Tenn.
The Final: For Your Viewing Pleasure
Previous week's issue: Sept. 23, 2003

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