1983 NIT Championship 30th Anniversary Celebration

Feb. 20, 2013

By Stephanie Juncker & Stephen Trembley
sjuncker@csufresno.edu & strembley@csufresno.edu

FRESNO, Calif. --- On Feb. 23, Fresno State Athletics will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the 1983 NIT Championship that the Bulldogs captured under former head coach Boyd Grant as the 'Dogs take on Boise State in in a WHITE OUT game at 7 p.m.

The returning alumni will include Tyrone Bradley, Marvin Carter, Dave Mosebar, Charlie Smith, Kevin Grant, Mark Gustin, Omel Nieves, Mitch Arnold, Todd Arnold, Desi Barmore, Kenny Cook, Kevin Grimes, Art Williams and Coach Jim Thrash. Also some fan favorites not from the 1983 team Bobby Anderson and Bobby Davis will also be in attendance.

"I'm really excited about coming back and seeing my friends," said Tyrone Bradley. "It will be great to get together after all of these years."

The former Bulldog players and coaches will be honored at halftime. Due to recovering from pneumonia, Coach Grant will no longer be able to be in attendance at Saturday night's game.

"It is with great disappointment that I will not be able to attend this weekend's 30 year celebration of the 1983 Championship team," said Coach Grant. "I am excited to hear that so many of the players from that team are returning to celebrate such an accomplishment after 30 years with the dedicated fans of the Red Wave that supported them through it all."

At 1 p.m. the public is invited to attend lunch for $10 at Buffalo Wild Wings across from the Save Mart Center.

"I am very much looking forward to seeing all of the guys and coaches," Dave Mosebar said. "I'm sorry that we won't be able to see Coach Grant there because of his pneumonia, but I am looking forward to seeing all of the guys."

The matchup with the Broncos will serve as the WHITE OUT game and all fans are encouraged to wear white. The first 500 fans through the doors will get an official White Out game day shirt and some fans will also receive a Coach Terry Towel.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- There are two more chances to see the Bulldogs at home this season as Fresno State hosts Boise State on Feb. 23 and Air Force on March 2. Tickets can be purchased starting at $17 for adults and $9 for youth through www.gobulldogs.com or at the Save Mart Center Box Office.