Purple Aces don sleeves again

Updated: January 1, 2008, 4:25 PM ET
By Kyle Whelliston
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Basketball and the liberal arts are often kept as far apart as possible. So on Saturday night, those in attendance at Roberts Stadium were a bit surprised when the PA announcer asked for their undivided attention before the national anthem. He wanted to read them a short poem that the radio analyst had written.

It is an honor, indeed, to wear the sleeves; an honor that only a select few will achieve.
The sleeves stand for championships, attitude and desire; a tradition that will raise one's standards higher.
Hard work, determination, success and pride are characteristics of the sleeves, known nationwide.