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SMU basketball player surprises mom before deployment

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An SMU basketball player got to make a last-second surprise visit to his mother before she left for Kuwait.

Markus Kennedy, a redshirt sophomore, is from Philadelphia and thought he wouldn't get to see his mom before her scheduled deployment. Barbara Kennedy is a sergeant in the Air Force and left Monday for an eight-month deployment in the Middle East.

What Markus didn't know was SMU worked behind the scenes with the NCAA to file a waiver to make the visit happen. SMU filed a waiver asking permission to pay for a plane ticket to fly him home after Saturday afternoon's basketball game between SMU and Memphis.

The NCAA agreed and a good Saturday turned into a memorable one for Kennedy.

The 6'9" center scored a career high 21 points and 15 rebounds in SMU's upset over No. 22 Memphis, 87-72. After the game he went to the locker room and was told by SMU officials he had a ticket home to see his mom.

Family members recorded the surprise at posted it to YouTube. In the video, Markus' mother is blindfolded and trying to guess who the surprise guest is.

In an Instagram post, Markus thanked everyone involved for making the visit possible.

"I really want to thank the NCAA and the whole SMU family for allowing me to see my mom before she leaves on Monday," Markus wrote. "I can't express this feeling, thank you."

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