Gavitt Takes Over As Chairman Of Maui Invitational
July 22, 2004
NORTHBROOK, Ill. (AP) - Dave Gavitt, the founder and former commissioner ofthe Big East, was selected Thursday to succeed Wayne Duke as chairman of theMaui Invitational.
Duke, the former commissioner of the Big Eight and Big Ten, had served aschairman of the eight-team early season tournament since 1990. He will becomechairman emeritus of the event, which started in 1984 and is hosted byChaminade University.
Gavitt succeeded Duke once before. Duke was the chairman of the NCAATournament Selection Committee from 1978 to 1981. Gavitt took over the positionthe next year and served as chairman of the committee through 1984.
Gavitt coached Providence to the Final Four in 1973 and later becameathletic director there before leaving to run the Big East in 1979. He coachedthe Olympic team in 1980, the year the United States boycotted the games, andlater served as CEO of the Boston Celtics.
The fields for the Maui Invitational are set through 2006 and the tournamenthas a contract with ESPN through 2011 that guarantees a minimum of nine gamestelevised each year.
This year's event begins Nov. 22 at the 2,400-seat Lahaina Civic Center andwill have a field of: BYU, Chaminade, Iowa, Louisville, North Carolina,Stanford, Tennessee and Texas.
The 2005 field has six former national champions in it - Arizona, Arkansas,Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland and Michigan State.
The event is owned by KemperSports Marketing.