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HISTORY

(Below borrowed from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Providence_College)

Providence College (also known as "PC") is a private, coeducational, Roman Catholic university located about two miles west of downtown Providence. With a 20122013 enrollment of 3,852 undergraduate students and 735 graduate students, the college specializes in academic programs in the liberal arts. It is the only college or university in North America administered by the Dominican Order of friars.

Founded in 1917, the college offers 49 majors and 34 minors and, beginning with the class of 2016, requires all its students to complete 16 credits in the Development of Western Civilization, which serves as a major part of the college's core curriculum (down from 20 credits previously). Fr. Brian Shanley has been the school's president since 2005.

In athletics, Providence College competes in NCAA's Division I and is a founding member of the Big East Conference and Hockey East.

A tribute to Dave Gavitt's 1972-73 Final Four Friars

 

The 1973 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 25 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA University Division (the predecessor to today's Division I, which would be created later in 1973) college basketball. It began on March 10, 1973, and ended with the championship game on March 26 in St. Louis, Missouri. A total of 29 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

Under Dave Gavitt, who has brought Providence College back to the top echelon of the nation's collegiate basketball powers, the Friars not only won, but they entertained as well. They didn't run a countless number of time-consuming picks, nor did they rush the hoop like a band of kamikazes, but scored each basket with style and artistry. Like the harmony of a Mozart symphony - executed with brilliant orchestration to the tempo set by an Italian kid from around the corner called DiGregorio. You remember him - the one who was either too fat, too slow or not quite quick enough to perform the kind of job that was needed to win bravo's.

No, Ernie D didn't perform the way normal players are expected to play. But he played in a manner that delighted millions of fans who were brought to their feet by his magic. As personalities went during the 72-73 season, Ernie D stood alone. But to speak of Providence as only Ernie D would be blasphemous defiance of the "team" concept that led to PC's great success.

(Below was borrowed from http://voices.yahoo.com/ernie-digregorio-providence-college-legend-16748.html?cat=14)

Ernie led Providece College to that Final Four in 1973 where they lost in the semifinals to the Memphis Tigers.  With a seesaw affair in the first half, Providence College lost star center Marvin Barnes to a leg injury. The Friars eventually succumbed to the Tigers but not before Ernie DiGregorio did his best Dave Crockett imitation, single handedly trying to hold off the fort with 32 points and numerous assists, including the aforementioned behind the back pass. Despite his efforts the Friars lost by a score of 98-85, a result that is still one of the biggest disappointments of our lives.

However, even thinking in terms of a "team effort", the Friar saga could not be told without singling out some of the memorable individual performances. With Maestro DiGregorio at the podium, the Friar team did not just score baskets, they created them. And one such team member, Marvin Barnes, reacted to the conductor's motions - poised and professional. Throughout the season, Marvin dominated, triggered and blended as few big men are able. Marvin ranked second nationally in rebounding, played defense second only to UCLA's Bill Walton and took a back seat to no one in terms of unselfishness. Marvin "Good News" Barnes tore the ball off the boards with ultimate authority and then spotted his teammates with his bullet-like passes and on-target precision.

Then there was the unheralded Kevin Stacom - the other guard. He was a true virtuoso; moving in strange ways until Ernie D spotted him through the maze of enemy defenders or Marvin caught him in one of his deep fly patterns. And remember Coach Gavitt jumping to his feet, cries of "Shoot the ball, Frannie." But when it came down to the moment of truth, Fran Costello came through from the outside or from the corner - Frannie always found his target.

And finally Charlie Crawford and Nehru King - sharing the fifth spot, not as rivals but rather as comrades. Aware of their purpose and intent on succeeding, this senior duo complimented the team in their ever changing role as sixth man. These were the principal individuals and their "togetherness" as a team was hardly an overnight occurrence. It was a three year effort on the part of everyone. For the past three seasons, they suffered through their share of losses as well as enjoying their share of victories - always learning "why" something else didn't connect. And with this experience they armed themselves for the start of an incredible year.

UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won the national title with a 8766 victory in the final game over Memphis State, coached by Gene Bartow. This gave UCLA their 7th consecutive title. Bill Walton of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

The video below highlights the 1973 team and addresses the big question - could Providence have beaten Walton and UCLA?

 

In December 2012, the College announced it and seven other Catholic colleges would leave the Big East Conference to form its own league

 

PC along with Brown University, Rhode Island College and URI has had a great history of promoting concert throughout the year and especially during spring break.

 

CONCERT WE PRESENTLY KNOW ABOUT

VENUE 1966 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall May 4, 1966 The Lovin' Spoonful            
Providence College, Alumni Hall May 7, 1966 The Beach Boys The Lost The Uncalled For Three        
Providence College, Alumni Hall October 7, 1966 Simon & Garfunkel            
VENUE 1967 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall May 6, 1967 The Four Townsmen            
Providence College, Alumni Hall May 7, 1967 The Lovin' Spoonful The Others          
VENUE 1969 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall September 26, 1969 Canned Heat         YES  
VENUE 1970 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall March 1, 1970 Tim Harding David Frye   YES      
VENUE 1971 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall November 13, 1971 Melanie  Livingston Taylor   YES      
VENUE 1972 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall February 13, 1972 King Crimson Blues Project   YES     SET LIST
Providence College, Student Union March 11, 1972 Benefit Street Toast          
Providence College, Alumni Hall May 5, 1972 Spencer Davis Group James Cotton Blues Band   YES      
Providence College, Alumni Hall May 6, 1972 Herbie Mann     YES      
Providence College, Alumni Hall May 6, 1972 Mitch Ryder     YES      
Providence College, Alumni Hall September 1, 1972 Seatrain Egg Brothers          
VENUE 1973 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall May 5, 1973 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band John Paul Jones   YES   YES  
VENUE 1974 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall  May 3, 1974 John B. Sebastian            
VENUE 1975 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall March 1, 1975 Aztec Two-Step            
Providence College, Alumni Hall April 26, 1975 Frank Zappa & The Mothers       YES    
Providence College, Alumni Hall September 25, 1975 Robert Klein            
Providence College, Alumni Hall November 15, 1975 Peter Frampton Aztec Two Step  Augi Wite YES YES    
Providence College, Alumni Hall December 6, 1975 Bonnie Raitt       YES    
VENUE 1976 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall February 28, 1976 NRBQ Pousette-Dart Band RIZZZ        
Providence College, Alumni Hall May 6, 1976 Little Feet         YES  
Providence College, Alumni Hall May 8, 1976 Chris Hillman Band            
Providence College, Alumni Hall September 18, 1976 Orleans John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band   YES YES   Recorded
Providence College, Alumni Hall October 7, 1976 Pure Prairie League Pousette-Dart Band RIZZZ        
VENUE 1977 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall March 20, 1977 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band     YES YES   Recorded
Providence College, Alumni Hall September 30, 1977 Tom Rush            
Providence College, Alumni Hall October 11, 1977  New Riders of The Purple Sage RIZZZ   YES      
VENUE 1978 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
                 
VENUE 1979 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall  March 20, 1979 Boomtown Rats Rockets          
VENUE 1987 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall  April 25, 1987  Squeeze            
VENUE 2004 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall  October 15, 2004 Zox Quintus          
VENUE 2005 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Providence College, Alumni Hall  April 22, 2005 Zox            

 

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