Sale proud of alma mater FGCU's uprising

Sale proud of alma mater FGCU's uprising

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When Chris Sale first talked about the Florida Gulf Coast University's men's basketball team qualifying for the NCAA Tournament as the Atlantic Sun tournament champs, he sounded the following warning about the decided underdog.

"I definitely tell everyone to keep a close eye on them for sure," a smiling Sale told

His prediction proved prophetic, as FGCU upset Georgetown and San Diego St. to reach the Sweet 16. Next up is Florida.

"We have something to root for. You have something to be proud of, especially because the school is so new and so young," Sale said. "We've done some amazing things. That program has gone in the right direction since Day 1. It's fun to watch."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.