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Dick Vitale - Coaches At All Levels

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Vitale, raised in New Jersey, graduated from Seton Hall University and received a master's degree from William Patterson College. After coaching Garfield High School one year, he took over at his alma mater, East Rutherford High, and won two New Jersey state championships and four sectional championships.

After serving as Rutgers University assistant for two years, Vitale took the head job at the University of Detroit. In four seasons under Vitale, the Titans went 78-30, a .722 winning percentage. They won 21 straight in 1976-77, defeated eventual national champion Marquette and played in the NCAA Tournament. After one year as Detroit athletic director, the National Basketball Association's Detroit Pistons named Vitale head coach. He lasted but one year in the NBA, however; the Pistons went 30-52 and missed the playoffs.

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about 8 years ago

Okay Mr Vitale;

I was a student at Lyndhurst High School when you had the infamous Les Cason in your grasp. I never knew what happened to your star until one day I was entering a store and the sports books lured me to them and I found an Article about Les Cason and how his life ended. I'm ashamed on your remarks about helping him. I remember the first game that we played in your school gym and he ran all over us, and I remember Coach Hunsicker telling you when you return to our school there will be a surprise. I remember that game so well that you were really ticked off because we used the shortest player on the team to run thru Les's legs and it was his lowest scoring in his history at East Rutherford. To this day every time your mentioned on ESPN,ABC or any other network, I change the channel. That's my personnel opinion that the First admendent gives everyone the "FREEDOM OF SPEECH" for a person who uses people to get where they are today, and your one of the lowest ones I can think of.