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Dickie V not a fan of Rutgers in the B1G

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It started out small. But it just seems that ESPN color analyst Dick Vitale just can't help criticizing Rutgers' move to the Big Ten

Marc Serota

He's a Jersey guy.  Born here, got his start coaching high school here.  He was hired as a Rutgers assistant and likely would still be at Rutgers if he had the opportunity (another thank you to Fred Gruninger):

But that didn't happen and Dickie V left to coach the University of Detroit, and coach it pretty well (I will admit I was surprised at the success):

Detroit Titans (Independent) (1973–1977)
1973–1974 Detroit 17–9
1974–1975 Detroit 17–9
1975–1976 Detroit 19–8
1976–1977 Detroit 26–3 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Detroit: 79–29 (.731)
Total: 79–29 (.731)

Source: Wikipedia (of course)

His next move to coach the Detroit Pistons was a flop, he moved to ESPN, and.....you know the rest.

Now, as for Rutgers....

But recently Dick had some things to say about Rutgers and the big Ten:



And that generated some feedback from Rutgers fans:





Not a fan

Okay, I will admit that I am not a Vitale fan.  I feel he's kind of gone past his time, maybe a little like Lee Corso in football (though I still like Corso).  To me, Dickie V is an ACC/Duke apologist/promoter/sycophant, as illustrated by this flowchart that was created by a Reddit contributor:

Vitale_relevance_medium

Source: Collegespun http://collegespun.com/homepage/a-reddit-user-created-a-hilarious-is-your-team-relevant-to-dick-vitale-flowchart#

There's good there

But give him his due.  He is not a bad guy.  In fact, I believe that he is a humanitarian and is very sincere when he talks about his favorite causes, about the V Foundation, and about helping others.  In fact, he helped Rutgers Basketball not too long ago.



So, is it just me or is Dick Vitale way off base on the RU/B1G thing and does he sort of have it in for his former Garden State employer?  Just wonderin'.