This weekend marks the 34th and final Big East Basketball Tournament before the league is chopped up into tiny pieces. The storied conference has produced over 33 years 17 NCAA basketball final four teams, 11 national finalists and 7 national champions. As people lament and wax nostalgic about this final championship tournament, it is nice to see its visionary founder and first Commissioner – Dave Gavitt – finally get the credit and recognition he deserves (albeit posthumously). It was Gavitt who launched the conference and moved its tournament to Madison Square Garden.
ESPN’s “Last Call For a Garden Party,” an oral history of the Big East, properly gives Gavitt hit due.
I often tell people that I owe my legal career to Coach Gavitt since I learned to argue by constantly defending him from my father’s second guessing or anxiety, although it was not a very difficult…
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