On Dec. 5, 2011, the University of Detroit Titans will honor former head basketball coach and current ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale by naming the floor at Calihan Hall after him.â†µ
Vitale coached at the University of Detroit (and served as athletic director) from 1973-77 and led the Titans to the NCAA tournament in 1977. A year later he was named the head coach of the Detroit Pistons. He was let go in 1978 after compiling a 34-60 record.â†µ
Vitale's dismissal from the Pistons resulted in him doing announcing for ESPN. He has been with the network ever since, and Dec. 5 will actually mark the 32-year anniversary of Vitale's first game for ESPN. In addition to honoring Vitale on that day this year, Detroit will host St. John's in a game that will be shown nationally by the network.â†µ
Here is what Vitale had to say about this honor:â†µ
"I can't tell you how much this means to me. It should be a special, special moment," Vitale said. "It will probably move me to tears."â†µ
Keri Gaither, Detroit's athletic director, said the school decided to honor Vitale for both his "time at Detroit" and his "significant contributions to the sport over several decades."