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A few tidbits on Mercer University

Mercer forward Jakob Gollon celebrates a basket with

Mercer forward Jakob Gollon celebrates a basket with Mercer forward Daniel Coursey during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round game against Duke, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. Credit: AP / Gerry Broome

Mercer University, with an undergraduate enrollment around 4,000, is based in Macon, Ga., was founded by early 19th century Baptists and named for one of those founders, minister Jesse Mercer (whose statue is at the center of campus).

Former President Jimmy Carter has been a member of the school's board of trustees since December 2012, believed to be the first former U.S. president in modern times to hold such a position.

Among Mercer's alums are John Couric, whose daughter Katie made a name in the TV world. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was given an honorary degree by Mercer.

Sports? In 1903, Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young joined the baseball coaching staff at Mercer, the same year he led the Boston Americans to victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first modern World Series.

Sam Mitchell, the TV commentator who played 13 NBA seasons and was the league's coach of the year in 2007 with the Toronto Raptors, starred at Mercer.

Mercer has won three regular-season and three conference tournament basketball titles this decade. In June, Mercer will move from the Atlantic Sun Conference to the Southern Conference.

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