Anoop Says He Faked Illness To Watch North Carolina Basketball

Anoop Desai says he faked illness so he could skip a taping session during his "American Idol" performances and watch North Carolina win the NCAA basketball title.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reported Tuesday that Desai told friends and family at a reception that he went straight to a television set to watch the win.

The 22-year-old Desai is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was honored Monday by the school. Desai said he missed being in Chapel Hill during the basketball playoffs.

The university's alumni association sponsored the Monday reception for Desai and gave him a photo of celebrations on Franklin Street. It was autographed by North Carolina coach Roy Williams.

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  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    Cameron Crazy, Mike Krzyzewski is old. Oh, this article is actually about American that i say, so what. It's a show for morons anyway.
  • by Cameron Crazy Location: Duke - THE University of North Carolina on May 8, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    Current score: Mike Krzyzewski - 3 National Titles, 1 Olympic Gold Medal / Roy Williams - 2 National Titles, 0 Olympic Gold Medals
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 6, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    I would have done the same thing if I were him. Forget Idol!
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2009 at 06:27 PM
    Gotta love him and UNC.
  • by Timothy Location: Washington on May 5, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    Rock on Anoop! Some things are sacred, college basketball/football is one of them especially if your team is playing in The National Championship Game.
  • by Mother Location: Washington on May 5, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    I am a UNC Tarhell fan but if I were on American Idol and this was my chance to make something of my musical career I don't think UNC @ Chapel Hill would have minded if I recorded the game. Now there will come a time when he is sick and no one will believe him.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on May 5, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    "Anonymous at 1:29 PM", I'm not talking junk; I simply speak the truth. :) I'm a Tar Heel born and bred! And dominated what? Please go somewhere. North Carolina has 5 national titles. How many does Duke have? Oh, 3. hehe!
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    u most not be so wise there wise one u mite be able to talk junk this year but the team of the decade that dominated this century and for the s#*theel fans we will start dominated again after our coach went and got him a gold medal now he can focuse on recruiting again Go Duke
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on May 5, 2009 at 10:16 AM
    If he were a Duke fan, he would've been sick ever since they got out of the tournament. He probably would've "duked" his pants. haha
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2009 at 09:53 AM
    and uh?
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