Hall of Famer Dick Vitale, who 32 years ago took a gig at then-fledging ESPN as a temp job in-between basketball coaching assignments, has signed a new extension with the sports cable channel that will keep him at ESPN through the 2014-2015 season.
Vitale called ESPN’s first-ever major NCAA basketball game – Wisconsin at DePaul on Dec. 5, 1979. He has been at the cable channel ever since, calling more than a thousand games. “Simply put, Dick Vitale is college basketball,” ESPN’s EVP Norby Williamson said. During his tenure, Vitale has introduced such “Vitale-isms” as “Awesome, Baby!,” “Get a TO, Baby!” and “PTP’er.”