'Decade Of Excellence' On Sale At Ticket Office Tuesday
Oct. 16, 2009
SPOKANE, Wash. - "The Decade of Excellence" DVD which chronicles the historic rise of Gonzaga University's men's basketball, will be on sale at the Gonzaga ticket office Tuesday at 7 a.m.
IMG College, Gonzaga University's multi-media rights holder, and KHQ-TV, the official station of Bulldog basketball, partnered to produce the 100-minute video which is the only commemorative full-length DVD showcasing this era of Bulldog basketball. The cost of the DVD is $20.
The documentary, produced and narrated by Greg Heister, the television play-by-play voice for Bulldog basketball on KHQ-TV, follows the rise from obscurity of the small Jesuit university beginning with the Bulldogs run to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1999 through last year's NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance.
The 1999 team became America's team with heroic victories over the University of Minnesota, Stanford University and the University of Florida. The run ended with an epic battle with eventual national champion University of Connecticut in the Elite Eight. Little did anyone realize that innocent beginning would put in motion a series of events that would transform not only that small university, but the world of intercollegiate basketball.
Over the course of the next decade, the name no one could pronounce would become the standard to which other programs would aspire. This is that story. It's a story as American as apple pie. A story as old as David and Goliath. A story that inspires dreams. This is the story of Gonzaga and its rise to join the elite of the college basketball world. It's a story of dedication, commitment and faith in something bigger than oneself. This is the story of excellence applied in a way that has transformed a university, a community and the culture of college basketball. This is the story of Gonzaga's "Decade of Excellence."
In creating this story Heister interviewed more than 40 key personalities from the past decade and got their personal reflections on what Bulldog basketball meant - and still means - to them. Among the people included in the DVD are former players Casey Calvary, Matt Santangelo, Dan Dickau, Adam Morrison and Derek Raivio. Current and former Gonzaga coaches Mark Few, Dan Monson and Bill Grier shared their memories. College basketball personalities such as Jay Bilas, Doug Gottlieb, Fran Fraschilla and Jud Heathcote talked about the transformation of the Bulldogs. Each person offers their commentary with never-before-told stories and personal reflections of the moments fans remember.
"The Decade of Excellence is the definitive historical narrative of the rise of Gonzaga basketball. Our fans will treasure the memories that have been captured and will laugh and cry along with those telling the stories. This is must have for any Gonzaga fan who has lived and died with this team over the years," Few said.
"The Decade of Excellence" can still be ordered by calling (877) 281-4377 or online at www.GoZags.com. The cost is $20 plus shipping and handling and fans should allow 3-4 weeks for shipping. Clips of the DVD are available at www.GoZags.com with an extended preview at Gonzaga's athletic Youtube channel at Youtube.com/user/GUBulldogs.
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