Upsets dominated the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. But the true result was much more grave than some dashed title hopes, as it is now being reported that Adam Randolph, a college basketball researcher and bracketologist for CBS Sports, sadly took his own life Sunday by jumping from a 10th story window of the CBS Building in Manhattan.
Like many bracketologists, Randolph invested heavily in highly seeded teams and chose top-ranked Kansas to win the championship.In a tournament that still includes an 11-seed, a 12-seed Ivy League school and Northern Iowa, a school that many have never heard of, several bracket experts have seen their reputations take a hit. According to sources, Randolph seemed very upset following the Jayhawks' loss to Northern Iowa, saying "My brackets are totally fked," and "There's no way I can win now. It's all over. I have nothing."
The timeline of events that led to the tragedy are still coming together. But those who saw Randolph in the hours before his fateful leap say he looked haggard and distressed. At 6:41 p.m. Sunday night, the doorman to the CBS Building went outside after hearing a loud thud, only to discover Randolph's body. The doorman quickly informed Randolph's family, who rushed to the spot as soon as the extremely close Texas A&M-Purdue game was over.
Police found a note in his pocket which said that he committed suicide because he unable to live with his "stupid" tournament decisions, including picking Notre Dame to win their first-round game and putting No. 2 seed Villanova, who had been slumping late in the season, in the Final Four.He was found dressed in his favorite Kansas home jersey and was holding a large foam finger and a framed copy of his bracket from 2009, when he had correctly picked North Carolina to win the title. He signed his note with the phrase, "This is not awesome, baby."
Randolph's parents say they are absolutely devastated.
"How does something like this happen?" asked his father, Michael Randolph, a clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania. "Kansas was supposed to be the best team in the tournament."