ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas (NET News photo)
JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State basketball experienced October Madness on Tuesday at the Carnegie Hotel.
ESPN analyst Jay Bilas headlined an impressive lineup that tipped off the season with a “Holding Court” fundraiser that left spectators and participants all but busting guts with laughter.
On the stage with Bilas were ETSU coach Murry Bartow and former coaches Sonny Smith, Les Robinson and Bobby Cremins. Also joining the discussion one by one via FaceTime were Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Kentucky’s John Calipari and Gonzaga’s Mark Few. UCLA’s Steve Alford had to cancel due to recruiting.
Among those in the crowd were former Bucs Calvin Talford, Greg Dennis, Marty Story, Bob Brown, Brad Nuckles and D.J. McDuffie.
The sold-out event was expected to net between $11,000 and $12,000. An additional $1,500 was donated to the Niswonger Children’s Hospital, as Bilas refused payment for his appearance.
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