It wasn’t long until the NCAA recognized the newly formed “Maguire University” as an NCAA Division One athletics program, complete with media contacts, opponents and – most importantly – annual tickets to the NCAA Tournament. Thrilled with their acceptance into big-time college basketball, the members of Maguire’s “student body” were thrilled and were able to attend the tournament’s championship for the next couple years.
Unfortunately, the Chicago Tribune got wind of the story and exposed the fledgling fake school to NCAA officials. However, the determined founders of Maguire University carried on and have still made it to basketball’s main event every year. By 1988, our “campus” relocated across town to Kelly’s Pub on West Webster Avenue, where the good times and lively analysis of all-things-basketball continues today.