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In search of love in football country

The T-shirt lines are nonexistent, but even football fans at Texas are giving a little love to the Final Four.

Updated: April 4, 2003, 10:52 PM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2 columnist

AUSTIN, Texas -- Two hours into my visit to the University of Texas campus, I still was looking for some evidence that the Longhorns actually are in the Final Four.

At Marquette, I waited for Final Four gear in lines so long there should have been little boats and animatronic pirates at the end. At Syracuse, I watched fans claw over tables of Final Four orangewear as ravenously as a reporter digging through Jim Harrick's desk. At Kansas, I saw fans ... well, those Jayhawks are so crazed ...

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The T-shirt lines are nonexistent, but even football fans at Texas are giving a little love to the Final Four.