How a Nixa teen became the national face of a UNC loss to Kansas in March Madness
- UPDATE (March 26): Chase Allen talks to the News-Leader about the attention.A Nixa teen became the face of the University of North Carolina's loss to the University of Kansas on Sunday when cameras caught him appearing to cry in the stands during Kansas's blowout 70-58 win.The fan turned to the person next to him following a block by Kansas’ Jeff Withey. The shot was quickly posted in gif format on sports blogs such as Deadspin.News-Leader reporter Chris Basnett quickly recognized a familiar face.
- The fan, Chase Allen of Nixa, is the son of Missouri State University football coach Terry Allen (who, incidentally, coached football at Kansas from 1997 to 2001).
- In short order, a @cryinguncfan parody account had been set up on Twitter.
- Allen's sister - who also lives in Nixa, according to her Twitter profile - began documenting mentions of her brother on her account.
- And while Chase Allen had already been dubbed the "crying UNC fan," his sister sought to clarify the nature of his facial expression.
- Perhaps sensing his 15 minutes had arrived, Allen sent out tweets on his account for the first time since July. Judging by his latest tweet, sent shortly after midnight, he enjoyed the attention.
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