By Jeff Faraudo

jfaraudo@bayareanewsgroup.com

When Colorado won the 2012 Pac-12 tournament title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the first person to climb the ladder and snip a piece of the net was a fan. Buffaloes athletic director Mike Bohn decided it shouldn't be only players and coaches who shared in the championship tradition.

Bohn had arranged for 50 members of the Colorado student cheering section -- the enthusiastic C-Unit -- to travel to L.A. for the tournament, and he asked coach Tad Boyle if one of them could join the players in the net-cutting ceremony.

Nick Shearon was the lucky undergrad picked to represent the C-Unit after the Buffs beat Arizona 53-51. For the event, he was dressed in a cape and suit of armor, a stark example of the unique attire popular in the student section.

Boyle endorsed the unusual gesture by his boss.

"That's to help make dreams come true and lifelong experiences for student athletes or students at the University of Colorado," he said.