Eye on College Basketball Podcast: A conversation with Dick Vitale

Dick Vitale is a Hall of Fame broadcaster, an iconic college basketball figure, and one of the most kindhearted men I know. He's positive and passionate about everything. The work he's done in the name of cancer research might be his greatest achievement. And so I wanted to talk with him this week for a couple of reasons.

  1. Because he just celebrated his 35th anniversary of calling games.
  2. Because the Jimmy V Classic is Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

Generously, Dick agreed to spend some time on the podcast Thursday morning.

We discussed a number of things, among them:

  • This weekend's Kentucky-North Carolina game that both of us will attend.
  • The start of his broadcasting career.
  • The reason he almost left broadcasting.
  • The moment he realized he was more than just a color commentator.
  • Being bullied as a child.
  • Being cyber-bullied as an adult.
  • The energy he puts into cancer research.
  • What it's like to see a 10-minute video of colleagues praising and impersonating you.

Beyond all that, I asked Dick about the "Dukie V" nickname and whether that specific criticism drives him crazy. I also explained why I've never believed that criticism is fair, or, at least, why I've forever believed it's a byproduct of his job and outlook on life more than any actual "bias." The latest Eye on College Basketball podcast is below. Give it a listen. And please visit DickVitale.com to see a picture of a little boy named Eddie Livingston that we talked about at length. Then considering doing whatever you can to help.

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Gary Parrish is an award-winning college basketball columnist and television analyst for CBS Sports who also hosts the highest-rated afternoon drive radio show in Memphis, where he lives with his wife... Full Bio

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