Tuesday, January 12 was a snowy day in Morgantown, W.Va., but that didn't stop fans of West Virginia University's basketball team from getting to the WVU coliseum to watch their beloved Mountaineers take on the No. 1-ranked Kansas Jayhawks.
Unfortunately, the traffic did prevent Leslie Dorchester — who was scheduled to sing the national anthem that night — from getting to the coliseum on time. But that's when someone remembered that WVU graduate and police officer Carlton Smith, who happened be working security at the game that night, was a former American Idol contestant.
In an interview with Inside Edition, Smith recounted the sudden request. "They were like: 'Hey, we need a favor. Can you sing the anthem?' I said, 'How long do I have?' They said 'about five minutes.' "
Sure enough, Officer Smith went beyond the call of duty with this stirring rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'
The Mountaineers went on to beat Kansas 74–63.