Athens, GA (Apr 7, 2008) - It is unofficial of course, but Dick Vitale has revealed that he has been selected for the 2008 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class. He has also been selected for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2008. Here is the story from ESPN.com:
Dick Vitale, in his fourth time being nominated for enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, told listeners of ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" on Monday that he has been selected for the class of 2008.
The official announcement will come Monday at noon ET from San Antonio.
Vitale, who missed two months this season as a result of vocal cord surgery on Dec. 18, returned Feb. 6 to call Duke at North Carolina. Prior to that, Vitale had never missed a game in his 29 seasons at ESPN.
Vitale, a former high school, college and professional basketball coach, has become one of the most well-known commentators in all of sports television and played a pivotal role in the development of the concept of "March Madness."
On Sunday, Vitale learned he also was selected for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2008 as a contributor to the sport. The announcement was made Sunday in San Antonio, site of the NCAA Final Four, by the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation.
Way to go Dickie V!