If James Naismith were alive today, he would be grilling Kielbasa

and cursing his brackets, just like the rest of us.


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About the Founders

Derek Simmons is a 5-9 shooting guard with a penchant for trash-talk that he can't back up. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, which went to the Final Four three times and won one national championship during his undergraduate career.  

Paul Smith is a 6-1 power forward with lead feet and a shot so unorthodox that passersby who witness it often stop to offer medical assistance. He is a graduate of Willamette University, so he has latched on to the University of Oregon as his Division I representative school.

Other Officers  

Rand Simmons is the Midwest Regional Coordinator for St. James Day Activities. On this year's agenda: Watch the tournament, grill Kielbasa, fill out brackets, and occasionally scratch himself. Rand is also in charge of Smackdown Central for the Smackdown NCAA Tournament Pool.

Tifani Jefferis is the Southern Regional Coordinator of St. James Day Activities. She is a dyed-in-the-wool Duke fan, and a bona-fide member of the Junior League, each of which she has overcome admirably. As well, she makes wonderful deviled eggs.


page updated: 3/19/2008

Photos of James Naismith courtesy of The Naismith Foundation. Used with permission