By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93
This Day in Bonaventure History
March 12, 2012
The ceremony was an uncommon occurrence for St. Bonaventure University. The school’s basketball teams were almost never both in the national spotlight – especially at the same time. But that’s just what occurred on this day.
The ceremony was originally scheduled to be a selection show for the women’s team. Fans filled the Reilly Center and watched on a big screen as ESPN announced the seeds for the upcoming tournament. But what was a pleasant surprise was the fact that the men’s team was able to join in on the celebration.
Before the selection show began, both teams came out of the tunnel to a roaring crowd. The men carried their Atlantic 10 Tournament trophy and the women carried their A10 regular season award. Coaches Mark Schmidt and Jim Crowley each gave a quick speech to the crowd.
The night was such a big deal that SBU-TV Sports broadcast the ceremony live and ESPN showed the reaction from the Reilly Center when the women were awarded the fifth seed.