VIDEO: Dick Vitale, 34 years ago Thursday, on his first broadcast

A quick hop in the time machine here, a moment of appreciation for the man who has become college basketball's most enthusiastic ambassador. It was 34 years ago Thursday when Dick Vitale first appeared on ESPN as a college hoops analyst. The network recognized the anniversary by sending along the two-minute video clip above, which shows Vitale offering up some commentary on the game of the week back in December 1979: Wisconsin vs. DePaul!

Vitale -- who is a hoot and every bit the character you'd expect him to be on Twitter -- remains a polarizing figure because of his antics and excitement he relentlessly brings to every broadcast. But he's also become just as known for his charity work, spearheading the Jimmy V Foundation and its goal, to eliminate cancer.

Vitale is now 74. Here he is on Tuesday night, at Duke.

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and... Full Bio

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