Former Kamikaze Kid Rob Closs to Join OSN Basketball Telecasts

Oct. 10, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Rob Closs, a former Kamikaze Kid who lettered at Oregon between 1977-79, will join the Oregon Sports Network as an analyst for it's 2002-03 men's basketball telecasts, the Oregon Athletic Department and ESPN-Plus announced Thursday.

Closs, who still holds the UO career free throw percentage record of .868, will team with third-year play-by-play man Joe Giansante for OSN's eight telecasts in 2002-03. Though Closs has been a guest commentator on OSN radio broadcasts with Jerry Allen for several years, this will be his first foray into television.

'I am very excited to have the opportunity to work on the OSN basketball broadcasts,' said Closs. 'I love the game of basketball and the Oregon program and feel honored to be able to provide my insights during the course of the year.'

Closs, a former teammate of Oregon head coach Ernie Kent, played on the Duck freshman team in 1974-75, before redshirting the 1975-76 season. He moved up to the varsity team in 1976-77 and became a three-year starter. A member of the 1977 National Invitation Tournament team, Closs captained the squad as a senior, leading the Ducks in scoring at 10.3 points per game.

'I have known Ernie since my freshman year and feel he has taken a great all-around approach in building the program at Oregon,' said Closs. 'I look forward to being a part of Oregon basketball by contributing from the broadcast booth.'

Closs was also a stand-out defensive first baseman for the school's baseball team, batting .303 his final season on the diamond.

In 1999, Closs was awarded the University's Leo Harris Award, which is presented annually to an alumni based on 20 years of service and achievement. A 1979 graduate in business management, Closs has been active in the Portland community, where he is vice president for investments at A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. Among his community service endeavors are the Christian Businessmen's Committee and the founding of a Portland-based shopping spree for disadvantaged children.

Closs, a native of Portland and graduate of Sunset High School, and his wife Deb reside in Lake Oswego, Ore., with their son Kasey.

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