Vitale to be inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Updated: April 6, 2008, 2:18 PM ET
ESPN.com

Dick Vitale, in his 29th season as an ESPN college basketball analyst, was selected for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2008 as a contributor to the sport. The announcement was made Sunday in San Antonio, site of the NCAA Final Four, by the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation.

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The induction ceremonies will be held Nov. 23 at the College Basketball Experience and Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

"I can't begin to describe how honored I am to be included with the greatest minds and athletes of this sport," said Vitale. "College basketball has given me a life I didn't dream was possible. After nearly 30 years at ESPN I still can't believe I'm getting paid to be a part of this game I love. I just wish my mom and dad were here to share in this accomplishment with me."

He is also a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2008 as a contributor to the sport. The inductees will be announced in San Antonio on Monday.

Vitale, who missed two months this season as a result of vocal cord surgery on Dec. 18, returned Feb. 6 to call Duke at North Carolina. Prior to that, Vitale had never missed a game in his 29 seasons at ESPN.

Vitale, a former high school, college and professional basketball coach, has become one of the most well-known commentators in all of sports television and played a pivotal role in the development of the concept of "March Madness."