Though polarizing for various reasons, Dick Vitale is one of the iconic voices of college basketball going back decades. He called the very first college basketball game broadcast on ESPN in 1979, and since then, his signature "
Finally going to hit the sack & before I do UCLA @UCLAMBB should stop chasing these wacky situations / they have made a joke in their search / UCLA deserves better /perfect guy since they don’t have the guts to hire Rick _ Pitino would be LUKE WALTON ! @BillWalton— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) April 9, 2019
The UCLA Bruins, put on the map by legendary coach John Wooden's 10 NCAA men's titles, has fallen on a bit of a hardship of late, at least by their lofty standards. Head coach Steve Alford was fired on December 29 after the Bruins' blowout loss to Liberty University, and missing out on March Madness meant they had clinched an entire decade without a Final Four
I’ll say it again to those that disagree with me that @Rick_Pitino deserves a 2nd chance . He’s been denied for 2 yrs to coach in college .Bruce Pearl & Kelvin Sampson took adv .of the 2nd chance . Y shouldn’t Rick be given a 2nd shot ? I’m happy for those that bounce back.— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) April 5, 2019
Pitino guided Louisville to a national championship that was later vacated due to odious off-court scandals
Vitale seems to be the last guy not to have received the memo.