Late Dave Gavitt Honored at Start of BIG EAST Hoops Season

Watch Ceremony

PROVIDENCE, RI - The BIG EAST Conference will honor the memory of its founder and first commissioner Dave Gavitt with a moment of silence at every school's first conference home men's and women's basketball game. Gavitt, who founded the conference in May of 1979, passed away on September 16.

The City of Providence also renamed a street in his honor at a downtown ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Dave Gavitt Way will now run alongside Interstate 95 in downtown Providence, close to the Dunkin' Donuts Center - home of the Providence College Friars, who Gavitt coached from 1969-1979. Check out a photo gallery of the ceremony.

Watch video of the ceremony HERE.

In addition to the moment of silence, BIG EAST referees will wear a patch of memorial on their uniforms throughout the 2011-12 season.

To learn more about Dave Gavitt's profound impact on college athletics, click HERE.