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Robertson returns to alma mater

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The University of Cincinnati made a great move bringing in The Big O -- Oscar Robertson -- to be part of the Bearcats' coaching staff. He's certainly one of the brightest stars ever to play the game, and the first word that comes to mind when I think of him is CLASS!

Oscar Robertson
Oscar Robertson's attitude and presence will benefit the Bearcats.
Robertson was named the interim head coach for his alma mater until Bob Huggins returns on Aug. 27. Huggins is serving a university-mandated suspension related to his drunken-driving conviction.

The Bearcats needed to find a replacement for Dan Peters, who joined coach Thad Matta's staff at Ohio State as an associate head coach.

The Big O was multidimensional on the court, and he's been a success off it as he's made the transition to the real world as a giant in the corporate realm. The great things he's accomplished on and off the court couldn't have happened to a nicer guy!

Robertson brings a wealth of integrity and basketball knowledge to this situation. He'll help develop these young men in all aspects of life. Robertson won't be recruiting off-campus, but his mere presence has to be a major plus for potential PTPers!

Any time a player of his stature helps out, it has to be considered a plus. I believe Cincinnati would be wise to have Robertson involved with the program on a full-time basis. He's a tremendous asset and would be a benefit to the Bearcats in any capacity.

Dick Vitale coached the Detroit Pistons and the University of Detroit in the 1970s before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979 (he's been an ESPN analyst ever since). Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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