As a coach, Gavitt (Dartmouth ’59) took the Friars to the Final Four with a team led by Ernie DeGregorio and Marvin “The Eraser” Barnes.
In 1979, Gavitt gathered up a group of athletic directors to start the Big East -- a basketball conference focused on conference tournies, big arenas and a television deal with ESPN.
He served as Big East commissioner until 1990.
According to the New York Times, “Gavitt envisioned a time when major basketball colleges in the East would draw on big-city television and marketing opportunities to create a high-profile league, bringing enhanced revenue and the recruitment of star high school players.”
In the 1992 Barcelona Games, Gavitt helped USA Olympic Dream Team win the gold medal.
The rest, as they say, is history...
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