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BRITT EARNS 'T-SHIRT' FROM K-STATE

Also See: 2011-12 Student Athletics Passes On Sale

By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Reggie Britt already had a nice collection of K-State T-shirts from the olden days ... purple ones, some white, others gray and a few black.

Some simply said "KSU," and others "K-State," and even "K-State Basketball." But none of the printed words said what Britt really wanted.

"I know it sounds kind of silly, but I wanted a shirt that said 'KSU Alumni.' I could have bought one, but I didn't want to be hypocritical," said Britt. "As of December, I can now wear one with pride. It's really cool."

For those new to K-State, Reggie Britt played basketball for the Wildcats during the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons. He played in 58 games on teams coached by Lon Kruger, with the 6-foot-6 native of Flint, Mich., and transfer from Coffeyville Community College, contributing 4.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Britt's most vivid memory as a Wildcat was after his last game played in Indianapolis, Ind., where K-State lost to Xavier in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

"As I sat on the bench it almost felt like my life had ended," said Britt. "I had been playing ball all my life, and it just seemed over."

In reality, Britt's basketball-life was not over as he would find teams to play for in Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Germany and Belgium, before retiring his sneakers to enter the real estate world in the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., area for nine years, which was followed by three years of modeling and acting.

"It's a funny story, but I started taking a course in acting at K-State, but it didn't mix with my basketball schedule," said Britt. "But hey, aren't we all acting every day whether it be crazy or normal?"

Britt was featured on several print ads by Home Depot, Sprint and Harley-Davidson, and others, plus acting parts on TV shows like "The Glades," "Burn Notice," and, even a dialogue part on a Spanish soap opera where he was an English-speaking detective.

"Any time you're a part of a recurring role, that's a blessing when you're an actor," said Britt. "It's a humbling profession because you hear 'no' far more times than you hear 'yes.'"

While enjoying life, Britt felt an emptiness. He lacked a piece of paper, and of course a T-shirt that went with it.

"For 20 years I wanted to come back and get my diploma from K-State," said Britt, who left the Wildcat campus 15 hours short of his degree. "I could have finished up some place else, but it was important to come back and finish what I started and the whole thing about being a Wildcat.

"A lot of people know I played ball at K-State, but when they asked if I graduated, I always had to say no," said the 43-year-old Britt. "Now, I'm proud that I can wear that alumni T-shirt. It was really special to walk across that stage in December to get my diploma 20 years after I started."

Britt's degree is in social science, and he now hopes to begin a coaching career and possibly continue his education.

"I really miss that camaraderie spirit you have within a team. There's just a brotherhood with coaches and players that's hard to duplicate anywhere else in life," said Britt. "I have so much admiration for what this (K-State) team accomplished this year. Those guys are still wearing the jersey that means a lot to me even 20 years later."


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