ATLANTA (AP) — Covering his 35th Final Four, AP Basketball Writer Jim O’Connell was honored by the NCAA and the Final Four coaches today in Atlanta.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino presented the man many call “Oc” with a basketball signed by the Final Four coaching brethren: Pitino, Jim Boeheim, John Beilein and Gregg Marshall.
“Jimmy. The Best,” was the message Boeheim wrote.
Reporters gave O’Connell a standing ovation at the ceremony, held during Sunday’s interview sessions to preview the national title game.
A pretty cool moment for our veteran, who began his run at the 1979 Final Four. You may remember 1979 as the year Larry Bird faced off with Magic Johnson.
On Monday, the 35th anniversary of that classic game, Louisville plays Michigan and O’Connell will be at his normal station, on press row, breaking it down the way only he can.
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The memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday is poised to be one of the largest such gatherings in generations with tens of thousands of local mourners and dozens of foreign leaders expected.
The Birmingham Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened early Sunday morning on the 2000 block of Pearson Avenue Southwest.
In death, Nelson Mandela unified South Africans of all races and backgrounds Sunday on a day of prayer for the global statesman — from a vaulted cathedral with hymns and incense to a rural, hilltop church with goat-skin drums and barefoot dancing.
Auburn wins the SEC Championship beating Missouri 59-42. Here's the full post-game press conference with Head Coach Gus Malzahn and MVP running back Tre Mason.
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