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Is Providence College becoming heated rival for UConn men’s basketball team? Depends on who you ask

May 11, 2022 |

Two of the seven original members of the Big East — a league created by former Friars coach Dave Gavitt — they’ve clashed 75 times since and 63 times as conference opponents.

UConn-Providence rivalry has long, sometimes sordid history, highlighted by ‘Ryan Gomes game’

December 16, 2021 |

Former New Haven Register sports columnist Dave Solomon asked Calhoun: “Jim, recruiting is hardly an exact science. ... Dave was a good friend, a good guy, a tragic death. ... He remembers the glory days of PC ...

UConn Report podcast: Dana O’Neil discusses her new Big East book, current status of league, UConn

December 3, 2021 |

O’Neil recently wrote a book, The Big East: Inside the Most Entertaining and Influential Conference in College Basketball History, that chronicles the history of the league, from its origins under Dave Gavitt, ...

Yale men’s basketball coaching legend Vancisin dies at 98

March 24, 2021 |

Olympic basketball staffs — on the gold medal winning team headed by Dean Smith in 1976 and with the 1980 team, coached by Dave Gavitt.

Jeff Jacobs: Calhoun shoots from the hip on UConn dancing, Ewing coaching and Hagler’s passing

March 14, 2021 |

Calhoun reached back to the late Dave Gavitt — who developed the expanded NCAA Tournament bracket in the 1980s — to offer some advice to UConn basketball fans. ... Gavitt, whose son Dan now oversees the NCAA ...

Jeff Jacobs: Childhood memories of when Providence ruled college basketball in the East

February 16, 2021 |

“He called Dave Gavitt right away and he came down the next night.”

Dan Gavitt on this year’s NCAA tournament: ‘It’ll be fairly similar to what we’re used to’

January 17, 2021 |

Men’s basketball notebook Gavitt weighs in on NCAA tournament By David Borges The Gavitt name is synonymous with Big East basketball perhaps more than any other. Dave Gavitt, of course, founded the league back ...

Jeff Jacobs: Everyone knew Dee Rowe, ‘UConn’s iconic ambassador’

January 11, 2021 |

Friends with everyone from Bob Cousy to Dave Gavitt to Dean Smith, Rowe never seemed to fully grasp that he was one of those giants. ... Until the last time I visited with him, he would talk about Dave Gavitt, ...

‘No one could surpass him as a person’: Former UConn coach Dee Rowe dies at 91

January 10, 2021 |

He also was the first to hire a young assistant by the name of Dave Gavitt — who, of course, would go on to found the Big East Conference. ... In 1980, Rowe was named as one of Gavitt’s assistant coaches of the U.S.

Auriemma excited about UConn’s upcoming national appearance on FOX

January 4, 2021 |

. … “This is about (Dave) Gavitt, this is about Mike Tranghese, it’s about (Big East commissioner Val Ackerman), it’s about all the schools and teams, and obviously it’s about what Geno has done to ...

Jeff Jacobs: Bruno’s respect for Geno goes way beyond the wins

December 29, 2020 |

With Dave Leitao (DePaul’s men coach and former Jim Calhoun assistant), you get the inside stories on what it was like before Gampel was built and what it was like trying to build both the men’s and ...

Jeff Jacobs: John Thompson was an icon and legend, ‘all the things you want in a coach’

August 31, 2020 |

CIRCA 1988-1991: BIG EAST Men's Basketball coaches and BIG EAST Commissioner Dave Gavitt. ... John's Lou Carnesecca, Pittsburgh's Paul Evans, Dave Gavitt, Connecticut's Jim Calhoun and Providence's Rick Barnes ...

Jeff Jacobs: Calhoun sees ‘rejuvenation’ as UConn returns to the Big East

June 30, 2020 |

CIRCA 1988-1991: BIG EAST Men's Basketball coaches and BIG EAST Commissioner Dave Gavitt. ... John's Lou Carnesecca, Pittsburgh's Paul Evans, Dave Gavitt, Connecticut's Jim Calhoun and Providence's Rick Barnes ...

Big East commissioner Val Ackerman says schools could have ‘staggered starts’ to sports this fall

May 8, 2020 |

“This conference has been through a great deal in its first 41 years, and yet I don’t think that even Dave Gavitt, the great visionary that he was, could have predicted the turn of events that we’re all ...

Jeff Jacobs: Legend will live on after Fairfield’s Alumni Hall is gone

February 28, 2020 |

All those guys coached here and so did Dave Gavitt of Providence and Coach K when he was at Army, Frank Layden, Bill Raftery and John Thompson.

Jeff Jacobs: Auriemma back and plans to be around for a while

January 1, 2020 |

He was 589-112 with five national championships when he was enshrined that night in Springfield with Charles Barkley, Dominique Wilkins, Joe Dumars and Dave Gavitt.

Jeff Jacobs: Auriemma back and plans to be around for a while

January 1, 2020 |

He was 589-112 with five national championships when he was enshrined that night in Springfield with Charles Barkley, Dominique Wilkins, Joe Dumars and Dave Gavitt.

Jeff Jacobs: On a day of unanimous Big East approval, some are still seeking answers from UConn

June 26, 2019 |

“(Athletic director) Dave Benedict is a football guy, too. ... Before he adjourned the meeting, Ritter said, “Somewhere, Dave Gavitt (the late architect of the Big East) and John Toner (the late AD who got ...

It’s official: UConn is back in the Big East

June 26, 2019 |

Somewhere (Big East founder) Dave Gavitt and (former UConn athletic director) John Toner are misty-eyed and exchanging high fves right now.” ... UConn was a charter member of the Big East when it was founded ...

Yale’s Barbara Liebowitz Bettigole, John J. Lee part of Ivy League Legends of Basketball class

January 17, 2019 |

Lee as well as Big East founder Dave Gavitt are among the 16 members of the latest Ivy League Legends of Basketball class. ... Gavitt was a member of Dartmouth’s Ivy League championship teams in 1958 and 1959 ...

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