I feel like if I’ve learned anything about Louie Dampier the past few weeks, it’s that he doesn’t like to speak in public, especially about his accomplishments. Yet, he’s quietly stolen the show at the Hall of Fame festivities, bringing the laughs at the beginning of his speech tonight.
Dampier mentioned how one of the Hall of Fame broadcast producers Fran told him to keep his speech under the five-minute limit several times, and if he went over, she’d be fired. Louie joked that based on the length of all the inductee’s speeches before his, she must be already be out of a job.
Louie spent the rest of his speech thanking his family, friends, and his coach Adolph Rupp.
“I feel very fortunate to have played for the great Adolph Rupp,” Louie said, mentioning a specific shooting drill in particular. “I credit him for improving my shooting.”
For the record, the normally reserved Louie’s speech was over 13 minutes long. Sorry, Fran.
Cal coming up…but first, Louie and Dan Issel’s man hug: