Dick Vitale
American basketball coach and announcer
Dick Vitale
Richard J. "Dick" Vitale, also known as "Dickie V", is an American basketball sportscaster. A former head coach in the college and professional ranks, he is well known as a college basketball broadcaster. He is known for catchphrases such as "baby" and "diaper dandy", as well as enthusiastic and colorful remarks he makes during games, and has authored nine books and appeared in several movies.
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Team USA upset? 'We're at a stage where an accident can happen'
ABC News - 6 months
RIO DE JANEIRO -- I came here to the land of sand, futebol and rhythm, on my maiden voyage to South America, expecting very little. But fear not. You aren't about to be subjected to yet another foreigner's rant about the accommodations, logistics, traffic, insects, crime or any of the other things jittery Americans like myself have railed about for months in advance of these Olympic Games and with inevitably greater volume since they started. I'm talking about the basketball. If I may borrow from Dick Vitale's dictionary: Rio was supposed to be Blowout City. For all the big names who stayed back in the States, your LeBrons and Currys and Westbrooks, Mike Krzyzewski's Team USA arrived on Brazilian soil 13 days ago with a 12-man roster that was still plenty drool-worthy, headlined by Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony,?with Paul George as the sixth man. Who else at these Olympics was going. ...
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LIVE VIDEO: Dick Vitale Telethon
Herald Tribune - almost 2 years
Watch SNN's livestream of the first telethon to raise money for the V Foundation to fight pediatric cancer. Call 361-4680 to donate.
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Dick Vitale defends his kiss of Ashley Judd as a 'fun moment'
Chicago Tribune - almost 2 years
ESPN analyst Dick Vitale on Monday defended his kiss of actress Ashley Judd, calling it a "fun moment."
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Dick Vitale will not call Duke-UNC game — again
USA Today- Sports - almost 2 years
ESPN hasn't changed its mind about the Dan Shulman-Jay Bilas pairing.          
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Our Neighborhoods | Life in Lakewood Ranch Country Club: 'It's Awesome, baby!'
Bradenton - about 3 years
Dick Vitale loves life in Lakewood Ranch Country Club, and he isn't alone. Click to Continue »
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BN Lexicon 2.0! It's time to Update
Bruins Nation - about 3 years
Hi all! Four years ago (wow!), I compiled the original BN Lexicon. Much has changed since then, and many more users have joined the BN community. The Lexicon was written to help out new or casual visitors to the site understand who or what many of us regulars are referring to. I've copied the original below for ease of reference. I've already made a few edits: there are some items that I believe can be dropped from the Lexicon, as they're either no longer correct, no longer relevant, or no longer a frequent part of discussions are marked to be dropped. I've also added some portions that were not in the original. I'm sure there are quite a few things I've left out that have become part of the day-to-day parlance of BN. Please share your suggestions in the comments, and I'll do my best to compile the BN Lexicon 2.0! I won't include every suggestion in every comment, as I want to focus on those terms that get frequent usage rather than the fun stuff that comes and goes in a we ...
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Bruin Bites - ASU Basketball Edition
Bruins Nation - about 3 years
Yes, this is a must win game Some quick notes about the UCLA v. ASU game. Off the top this game is must win for UCLA who cannot afford to go 1-2 in conference and lose a game like this at home after the crappy preseason schedule. UCLA continues Pac-12 play against Arizona State on Sunday night [at 7 pm on ESPNU] and holds a 63-18 lead against the Sun Devils in the all-time series. Last season, UCLA went 2-1 against Arizona State. The Bruins secured a 79-74 overtime win in Pauley Pavilion and overcame a double-digit second-half deficit against ASU in the Pac-12 Tournament (quarterfinals). Arizona State has been led this season by sophomore Jahii Carson (18.6 ppg, 4.8 apg) and senior Jordan Bachynski (12.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 4.8 bpg). UCLA has won six of its last seven games against Arizona State. The Sun Devils have a truly international team: The Sun Devils have one of the conference's top point guards in Jahii Carson, who averages 18.6 points and 4.8 assists. Jerma ...
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It's time to update the BN Lexicon!
Bruins Nation - about 3 years
Hi all! Four years ago (wow!), I compiled the original BN Lexicon. Much has changed since then, and many more users have joined the BN community. The Lexicon was written to help out new or casual visitors to the site understand who or what many of us regulars are referring to. I've copied the original below for ease of reference. I've already made a few edits: there are some items that I believe can be dropped from the Lexicon, as they're either no longer correct, no longer relevant, or no longer a frequent part of discussions are marked to be dropped. I've also added some portions that were not in the original. I'm sure there are quite a few things I've left out that have become part of the day-to-day parlance of BN. Please share your suggestions in the comments, and I'll do my best to compile the BN Lexicon 2.0! I won't include every suggestion in every comment, as I want to focus on those terms that get frequent usage rather than the fun stuff that comes and goes i ...
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Vitale apologizes for comparing Foster to prostitute
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale apologized Saturday for comparing Houston Texans running back Arian Foster to a prostitute.
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Dick Vitale compares Arian Foster to a prostitute
USA Today- Sports - over 3 years
But there is a difference between running a football and prostitution.
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Fraschilla years a ‘disappointment’
ABQ Journal - over 3 years
Fran Fraschilla arrived at UNM, telling his players to dream about a Final Four, but he left knowing he had failed Lobo fans Calm.  Peaceful.  Quiet.  Not exactly words often used to describe the Pit.  And certainly not the words used to describe the three tumultuous seasons coached at the University of New Mexico by the high-energy, basketball-savvy New Yorker Fran Fraschilla.  And yet, it was inside the storied arena that Fraschilla fondly remembers finding tranquility, escaping from the noise and stress of what grew into a disappointing coaching tenure with the Lobos from 1999 through 2002 " an era derailed by player defections and suspensions, bad breaks, close calls and unfulfilled promises.  "Every now and then when I wanted to get out of the office," Fraschilla recalled, "I would just walk into the arena, clear my head and sit down and look out there and think, 'Wow, what a spectacular place this is.' "  The 54-year-old Fraschilla, who has found his niche as an in ...
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Important News About LeBron James' Headband
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
LeBron James' headband will be in the starting lineup for Game 7 of the NBA Finals, probably. "I'll probably start off with it, man, " James said of his most discussed accessory ahead of Game 7, via CBS Sports. "A little superstitious. If it gets knocked off, then me and him will have a discussion if he will return." Based on the way James closed out Game 6 earlier this week, the San Antonio Spurs might want to take care not to knock it off. After losing the headband during a dunk with nine minutes remaining in regulation and the Miami Heat trailing by five points, James scored 10 points and assisted two other baskets over the remainder of the fourth quarter and in overtime. WATCH: James Dominates Game 6 After Losing Headband After his team avoided elimination with a 103-100 overtime win in Game 6, James downplayed the significance of the headband in his late surge. "I guess the headband was the least of my worries at that point," James told reporters after ...
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Why is Dick Vitale tweeting about Martha Stewart's love life?
USA Today - almost 4 years
The most pressing question of the day.
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Terry Lyons: Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and ?
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
Everyone interested in resolving world peace problems, please read on. Well, now that you're engaged, a disclaimer of truth, justice and the American way is a deserving trade-off for your interested eyeballs. Truth be told, I might not be fully on the path to permanently resolving world peace, but I do resolve that putting a little more emphasis on the art of world diplomacy through sport is a strong step in the right direction. So, while we're surely not guaranteeing a world full of Hare Krishna, I am talking about contributing to the betterment of all, through sport, so please hear me out. While Dennis Rodman paraded his feather-dusted brain around North Korea and The Holy See, there was actually a much more productive style of diplomacy playing out on the diamond. The people behind the World Baseball Classic were busy fighting an uphill battle, not one that could be compared to the world of military manuevers nor of espionage. Rather, the organizers of the World Base ...
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Ken Fallin: Dick Vitale and Cinderella
Popeater - almost 4 years
It was an interesting week for drawing. I did this big drawing of the new Broadway production of Cinderella for PLAYBILL.com, and a drawing of famed sports announcer/commentator, Dick Vitale for the Opinion Page of this weekend's Wall Street Journal. I began my association with the WSJ in 1995. My late agent, Mary Larkin, got me an assignment to draw some sports figures for an article. I am not a sports fan, and know very little about sports, but this was a nice thing to draw for the WSJ. I did the assignment, which resulted in drawing nothing but sports figures for the next two years at the WSJ. Sometimes, being ignorant can work to your advantage. The drawing of Dick Vitale was fun. He has a great and expressive face, with wonderful features. I am especially inspired by eyes. A lot of caricaturist go for the nose, but the eyes do it for me. If I can capture the eyes of a certain subject, I feel like I'm on third base, ( and I do know that expression). My wee ...
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Dick Vitale going the auction route to raise more money for fight against cancer
Fox News - almost 4 years
Dick Vitale, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer known for his enthusiastic style on TV and incredible charity throughout the year, is at it again.
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Jovan Alford: La Salle Basketball Is Back and Relevant in Philadelphia Once Again
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
On Monday, as the AP Top 25 Poll was released many people were wondering if the La Salle Explorers were going to get any votes and they did. The Explorers only got three votes but it was well deserved after the week of basketball they played beginning last Wednesday when they upset the No.9 ranked Butler Bulldogs at Tom Gola Arena. If you weren't there, you missed a dog fight of a game! Many people didn't think that the Explorers could pull out the victory but they fought back but were down by one with about eight seconds left in the game. Senior guard Ramon Galloway drove the length of the court for a game winning layup for the win. For La Salle University and The Explorer Entourage, the La Salle student section it has been waiting a while to see a victory of this magnitude, it was amazing to see and be apart of. Believe it or not if you haven't been following the La Salle Explorers this season you would know that Ramon Galloway is this team's heart and soul. He leaves ...
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Student In Wheelchair Rushes Court
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Dick Vitale has seen quite a few college basketball upsets during his decades calling games for ESPN. The esteemed and enthusiastic commentator has likely also seen many students storm many courts over the years. But something he saw in the aftermath of N.C. State's upset over Duke on Saturday, left Vitale at least as concerned as he was amped. "Oh watch the young guy in the wheelchair. We got a wheelchair out there. Unbelievable. Did you see that? Oh my heart goes out I hope he's okay. I hope he's okay," Vitale said during ESPN's broadcast of the ACC upset. Will Privette, an N.C. State student who has been in a wheelchair his whole life, was one of the first students who made it on to the court. According to ThePostGame.com, the 22-year-old senior was born without a tibia. Privette turned out to be okay, thanks in part to Wolfpack star C.J. Leslie. "I got hit from one side. It was like a wave. It toppled me over. I fell out of my wheelchair. I was on the ground ...
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R.J. Hunter enjoying his Georgia State experience
ajc - about 4 years
He’s a leading scorer, a leader, and even a Diaper Dandy. It’s been an interesting few months for Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter. Playing for his dad for the first time, with all of the pressures that can come with that, Hunter is thriving as a freshman on Georgia State’s basketball team. He has played so well, already winning four conference rookie of the week awards, ESPN’s Dick Vitale listed him as a “Diaper Dandy,” a term used for promising freshmen, in a column he recently wrote. “I’ve been kind of satisfied, but we aren’t winning enough,” Hunter said. “That’s partially my fault. I’ve done some good things but not good enough. I’m going to keep working, keep trusting my teammates and just try to do my part.” Despite Hunter’s 16 points per game, the Panthers (6-10) have struggled this year heading into Saturday’s Centennial game against Delaware at the Sports Arena. The team features nine members who didn’t play at Georgia State last …
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dick Vitale
  • 2015
    Age 75
    In February 2015, ESPN removed Vitale from covering Duke-UNC basketball.
    More Details Hide Details He had covered every Duke-UNC game televised by ESPN since 1979. Vitale is a voter on the AP Top 25 men's basketball polls, the annual Naismith Award and the John Wooden Award. Vitale called his first NBA game on television since the 1984 NBA playoffs, along with Dan Shulman, on January 7, 2009 when the Miami Heat played the Denver Nuggets as ESPN swapped its NBA and NCAA crews. During ESPN's first incarnation covering the NBA, he regularly covered games. As of 2009, Vitale had called close to a thousand games. Vitale, a color commentator, is primarily paired with play-by-play announcers Mike Patrick, primarily those in the ACC games; and Dan Shulman for Saturday Primetime and other non-ACC games. During the postseason, he appears as an in-studio analyst with host Rece Davis and fellow analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis, and Bob Knight. Previously, he has been paired with Keith Jackson, Roger Twibell, and Brent Musburger for ABC as well as Jim Simpson, Tim Brando, Mike Tirico, Dave O'Brien, Sean McDonough and Brad Nessler. He worked in the studio with Bob Ley, John Saunders, Tirico, and Chris Fowler as well as the late Jim Valvano.
  • 2012
    Age 72
    On August 18, 2012, he was inducted into the Little League Museum Hall of Excellence.
    More Details Hide Details Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Dick Vitale is married and has two daughters, both of whom attended the University of Notre Dame and played varsity tennis. He is frequently seen at Notre Dame football games and is an avid supporter of the school. He was close friends with Jim Valvano, also known as "Jimmy V", and continues to spearhead fundraising activities for the V Foundation for Cancer Research in his honor. Vitale is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Rays season ticket holder and fan and is frequently spotted by baseball fans sitting in the first row behind home plate at Tropicana Field. On December 18, 2007, Vitale was diagnosed with lesions on his vocal cords. He underwent successful surgery and returned to announcing on February 6, calling the Duke-North Carolina game on ESPN, often exclaiming, "It's serendipity, baby!" when things come together. Before this, he had never missed a game due to illness.
  • 2011
    Age 71
    In 2011 the University of Detroit named their basketball court in his honor.
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  • 2008
    Age 68
    On September 5, 2008 Vitale was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor to the sport, after falling just short of induction the previous year.
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  • 2003
    Age 63
    However, this is slightly misleading as Elmore continues to call games for both CBS and ESPN during the college basketball season; in Bilas' case he was loaned to CBS for the tournament only in 2003 and from 2005-2010.
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  • 2002
    Age 62
    In December 2002, Vitale called a St. Vincent – St. Mary's–Oak Hill Academy prep game, featuring then high school phenom LeBron James.
    More Details Hide Details He announced the game with Brad Nessler and NBA great Bill Walton. By the 2004–05 season, Vitale was doing approximately 40 games a year. Vitale is signed with ESPN through the 2018-19 college basketball season. Vitale was recruited to do color in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament by CBS but ESPN would not allow it. However, ESPN's analysts Jay Bilas and Len Elmore were allowed to provide color for CBS's tournament coverage, teaming with play-by-play announcers Dick Enberg and Gus Johnson.
  • 1999
    Age 59
    In 1999, Vitale was featured in a series of thirty-second promo shorts for "Hoops Malone".
    More Details Hide Details The shorts, which aired in heavy rotation on ESPN, were presented as a sitcom featuring Vitale, George Gervin and others, including a puppet called "O'Hoolix". ESPN promoted "Hoops" with banners and other marketing premiums, with the idea of generating buzz about the show, but no actual episodes were ever produced. Though this led to an offer for Vitale to do an actual sitcom, he turned down the opportunity.
  • 1985
    Age 45
    In 1985, after the American Broadcasting Company acquired ESPN, Vitale also began doing broadcasts on the ABC network.
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  • 1983
    Age 43
    Vitale did not understand this until many people wanted his autograph at the 1983 Final Four.
    More Details Hide Details He credits a lot of his success to working with Jim Simpson at the beginning of his career.
  • 1979
    Age 39
    He called ESPN's first college basketball game on December 5, 1979, when DePaul defeated Wisconsin 90–77.
    More Details Hide Details His first play-by-play partner was Joe Boyle. Vitale was not a natural at first for broadcasting. He missed his first-ever production meeting when he was walking the streets of Chicago. Also, he would talk while the producers were talking to him through his earpiece, during commercials, and while the play-by-play man was talking. Vitale himself was not sure if broadcasting would fit him. Connal, who had hired him, told him, "You have a quality we can't teach."
    On November 8, 1979, Pistons owner Bill Davidson came to Vitale's house and told him that the Pistons were making a coaching change.
    More Details Hide Details It was twelve games into the 1979–80 season, after the Pistons struggled to a 4–8 start. The primary reason for Vitale's downfall with the Pistons was the maneuver that brought Bob McAdoo to Detroit. M.L. Carr's decision to sign with Boston as a free agent in 1979 spawned a transaction in which the Pistons, entitled to compensation for Carr, demanded Bob McAdoo, who the Celtics were looking to unload due to injuries. The Pistons sent two 1980 first-round draft picks (in addition to Carr) to the Celtics in exchange for McAdoo in a combination free agent signing/trade. The Pistons would have the worst season in franchise history in 1979–80, and their pick would become the first overall pick in the 1980 draft. Boston then traded the two picks to the Warriors (who selected Joe Barry Carroll with the #1 pick and Rickey Brown with the #13 pick) in exchange for Robert Parish and the #3 pick (Kevin McHale).
  • 1978
    Age 38
    Vitale coached the Detroit Pistons of the NBA for the 1978–79 season, leading them to a 30–52 (.366) record.
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  • 1977
    Age 37
    Following the 1977 season, his fourth as Detroit head coach, Vitale was named the university's athletic director.
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    Vitale had a 78–30 record during his tenure at Detroit, which included a 21-game winning streak during the 1977 season.
    More Details Hide Details During that streak the Titans defeated the eventual champion Marquette on the road in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    Vitale took Detroit to the 32-team NCAA tournament in 1977.
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  • 1973
    Age 33
    After two seasons there, he was hired in 1973 by the University of Detroit to become its head coach.
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  • 1971
    Age 31
    In 1971, Vitale moved to Rutgers University as an assistant coach under head coach Dick Lloyd.
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  • 1959
    Age 19
    Vitale took his first job as a coach at an elementary school in Garfield, New Jersey in 1959.
    More Details Hide Details Eventually he moved up to the high school level to become head coach at Garfield High School for one season, and then at East Rutherford High School (his alma mater).
  • 1939
    Born on June 9, 1939.
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