110 Dick Vitale Quotes on Sports & His Love for Basketball

If you like basketball or sports in general, I’m sure you’ll enjoy these Dick Vitale quotes we’ve gathered for you.

So, set aside some time to read this compilation and discover how Dick Vitale became a legendary figure in the world of basketball.

We’ve got 110 of our favorites lined up for you.

Richard John “Dick” Vitale, famously known as “Dickie V,” is a basketball analyst in the United States.

He is a veteran collegiate and highly qualified coach who is best remembered for his 40-year career as an ESPN college basketball analyst.

He’s also the author of nine books and has featured in a number of shows.

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Best Dick Vitale Quotes

1. “In my mind, he’s done an amazing job, and he’s certainly one of the favorites for national coach of the year. To think what’s done there after losing so much from last year’s team, it just blows my mind.”

2. “I love what I’m doing. I enjoy life.”

3. “I’m living the American dream.”

4. “I have my Master’s Degree but I learned more at my dinner table than any class I ever took.”

5. “The glory of sport is witnessing a well-coached team perform as a single unit, striving for a common goal and ultimately bringing distinction to the jersey the players represent.”

6. “An All-American is an ordinary person with an extraordinary desire to excel. You don’t get to the top of the mountain by just dreaming. It’s nice to dream. But it’s the work ethic and pride that makes you get to that mountain top and that level of success.”

7. “Really, UCLA’s a great place as well, but they don’t have the kind of environment they have here. The fans here have a passion.”

8. “Time is the key. If you give something your time, things bloom beautifully. Things happen beautifully when they are given time.”

9. “Life is simple. Life is all about decisions. Make good decisions and good things happen. Make bad decisions and bad things happen.”

10. “Coaching to me is the ultimate high, especially when you have a game plan and you see that game plan executed to perfection.”

11. “It’s the greatest achievement I’ve ever witnessed in all my years of being a coach and a television personality. I really, absolutely have been blown away.”

12. “If you gave 110 percent all the time, a lot of beautiful things will happen.”

13. “The courtside seats belong to the kids.”

14. “A winner is someone who can look in the mirror at the end of the day and say, ‘In pursuit of my goal and dreams, I gave my best.’”

15. “A loser is someone who makes excuses and alibis and blames everyone else for their losses and failures.”

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Famous Dick Vitale Quotes

16. “I’m a basketball guy. No sitcom guy. I don’t care about all that jazz. I care about basketball.”

17. “Unbelievable! Connecticut wins their first Big East Championship. This group of people! Dance, Jimmy, baby! Dance, Jimmy, baby!”

18.  “I do a lot of motivational speaking in front of crowds, so I learn from some of these people. I really do, even at my age.”

19. “This is awesome, baby! Awesome, baby, with a capital ‘A.’”

20. “It was flat-out scary, baby. Scary has come to mean ‘amazing’ or ‘unbelievable.’”

21. “He’s a Diaper Dandy!”

22. “My plan is very simple. The Dickie V plan.”

23. “He’s a PTPer tonight, baby!”

24. “I want to keep going until I’m 100. I’m serious, baby.”

25. “The Heels are on fire. Somebody call up the fire chief to put out the fire.”

26. “Glue guys aren’t superstars. They’re not the No. 1 option. They just do things only coaches really appreciate. The stars get the headlines, but glue guys help you get in the winner’s circle.”

27. “I want to continue to learn because I plan on being around.”

28. “It’s not over. I’m confident they can do it. But it’s not a closed case.”

29. “I told him she isn’t interested in selling yet.”

30. “I love seeing people that have control of a crowd in the palm of their hand. It’s beautiful for me to see.”

Inspiring Dick Vitale Quotes

31. “Give it your best. They will call you a winner.”

32. “Life has good and bad times. And to get through them you have to battle. Life is not all smooth. I’ve had my bumps and bruises, like anybody, but I’ve always tried to look at life like a glass that’s half full.”

33. “Life is not as painful as you think it is. All you need to do is make the right choices and then things will go the right way.”

34. “I may not always be right, but no one can ever accuse me of not having a genuine love and passion for whatever I do.”

35. “It was not about having a degree. It was about real learning about life. That doesn’t happen in class. That happens in the world outside.”

36. “I took a deep breath and told myself that all this failure is not important. What is important is that I am giving my hundred percent to reach my goal.”

37. “It is only people around you that are going to be your best teachers.”

38. “My perfect day is to wake up with all kinds of energy and enthusiasm for the day, have a list of what I want to achieve, and at the end of the day look in the mirror and think, ‘Man, this has been perfect. Everything I planned became a reality.’”

39. “The biggest thing in my life—the biggest—is raising dollars to help kids battle cancer. One day to see that headline, not that someone won a basketball championship, but to see that a cure for cancer has been found, will be a great day for mankind.”

40. “It is all about your decision—that will decide what place you will be in.”

41. “Your every plan may not work. You may always not be the best. The idea is to give the best.”

42. “One of my biggest gifts ever, my mother made a Yankee uniform for me as a little boy, and I wore it to bed dreaming I could pitch in the major leagues and then be a Yankee.”

43. “Your failure is your own. Wear it as if you have a crown. Learn from it. Don’t blame it on others like a loser.”

44. “Your mistakes are your own. Learn from them. Be the ideal individual. When you start making excuses for them, then you become a real loser.”

45. “It was tough getting fired by the NBA. I really didn’t know where I was going, until ESPN called me. I said, ‘Hey, ESPN? Never heard of it. It sounds like a disease.’ Now I have that same disease as a sports fanatic. All this sports madness we didn’t have years ago, now I’m very blessed and fortunate to be part of it.”

Dick Vitale Quotes About Coaching

46. “Today in coaching, it’s a two-way street. They can fire you whenever they want. Bottom line—it’s all about what you can do to better yourself professionally. This is a better move.”

47. “When a coach gets that opportunity to observe, he’s going to look. Because he wants to create a contract that is strong and gives his family the kind of security that guys really seek in anything, whether it be the corporate world, whether it be sports.”

48. “When I was growing up, I wanted to be a coach. I had people telling me, ‘You can’t do this, you’re not a great player. Be realistic.’ When I got rejection letters from colleges where I wanted to coach, my mom would say, ‘You are going to make it someday. You have something special within you and that is your spirit for life which will help you get to the top.’”

49. “Looking back, I remember telling my daughters that we didn’t have money, pizzazz and a lot of the things we have today, but we had so much love and we lived like millionaires.”

50. “What has happened with underclassmen declaring for the NBA draft? It is absolutely wacky, baby!”

51. “I think his comfort zone will happen next year when he can go back to the post. Because right now he’s trying to do things he didn’t do in high school. Obviously, he’s a talented player. He shows moments out there of passing ability, post-up ability, rebounding ability—that he’s outstanding.”

52. “He’s one of the best. He has great control of the game. He communicates well with the players and the coaches. I’m really happy for him that he’s working on another Final Four.”

53. “I think if they can get eight wins, they’ve got a great chance. I think it’s mandatory to win one of the next two. And obviously a win over Duke would be absolutely an eye-catcher.”

54. “Oh, it’s a vital part of the game.”

55. “If Princeton can beat Georgetown, I am going to hitchhike to Providence, which isn’t that far from here, I’m gonna be their ball boy in their next game, and then I’m gonna change into a Princeton cheerleading uniform and I’m gonna lead all the cheers.”

56. “Obviously, off the court, he’s had some issues. He would be the first to say, ‘Why? Why did I do that?’ But one, his players graduate. Two, they learn how to be men. And three, they learn how to contribute in life. Look at all those Indiana graduates contributing to society.”

57. “They can’t continue to falter, but those wins are so strong over Illinois, Ohio State—even Michigan. Those are strong, strong wins, but obviously they can’t continue to lose at the rate they’ve been losing.”

58. “I am so sick and tired of people that call themselves fans and justifying the brutal FBI Wiretap comments of their LSU coach.”

59. “I’d say Illinois, Michigan State, and Indiana will probably be at the top of the class. But one thing is this year, the league has a lot of balance. When I mention Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State, they are probably the best teams but they aren’t going to dominate.”

60. “TV critics came after me for overhyping LeBron. A lot of people don’t know this, but I didn’t want to play the game. I told ESPN, ‘We’re making this kid into something special.’ I always follow orders, whatever my people want me to do.”

Dick Vitale Quotes About Family

61. “People that don’t know me think that basketball is my life 24/7. Trust me, there is much more to my life. My number one priority in my life is my family.”

62. “My parents were my heroes and my role models. So I thought long and hard over the decisions that I would make because I never wanted to disappoint them and break their hearts.”

63. “My childhood was epitomized by my parents who were uneducated but had a doctorate in love. My dad pressed coats and through my mom and dad I learned about love, family and respecting people.”

64. “Twelve for 23. It doesn’t take a genius to see that’s under 50 percent.”

65. “Gowdy had a love affair with the microphone and the fans had a love affair with him.”

66. “My wife grabbed me when we got out of church. She said, ‘Don’t make a big scene with the committee like you do every year.’ Finding one team—and we always find one—and we battle and battle, but you know what? I can’t take it, man, when I see kids being given a raw deal.”

67. “My wife knows Diddly about basketball, but if you put her here and said, ‘Look at Colorado’s resume, look at UAB, and look at VCU,’ it’d be a mismatch, man. It would be like a beauty contest—Roseanne Barr walking in versus Scarlett Johansson. No shot. None, whatsoever.”

68. “I went to church and Jim and his wife, Liz, went to see the home.”

69. “He told her she could live there as long as she wanted and pay rent. That’s what they did.”

70. “I saw what he went through. The crying, the screaming in pain, and how much it hurt. I watched that and felt in my heart that people shouldn’t have to go through that.”

Iconic Dick Vitale Quotes

71. “The clothes do not match my personality. I’m more of a very conservative, blue-blazer kind of guy. But as far as my personality, it’s a lot of hot dog-mustard—have a lot of fun and a lot of excitement. I feel like I’m 68—I act like I’m 12, talking about a game of basketball.”

72. “The only way we are going to stop this disease is to raise money. Jimmy would go absolutely bananas to know how much money has been raised. We can’t just sit back. This disease affects all of us.”

73. “It is one of the truly unique venues in America.”

74. “As long as he doesn’t take my job.”

75.”If Morrison doesn’t get a Player of the Year award, I’ll buy him a gold trophy, call it the Dickie V. P-T-Per Award, and ship it out to him myself.”

76. “If Taylor Swift was on campus as a student, she’d be allowed to do concerts and make millions. Certain kids in every profession, be it the corporate world, the legal world, people on the top and people on the bottom, can make those dollars. Why should we deny them?”
77. “Hansbrough, to me, has had the most impact of any freshman in America in terms of a major program.”

78. “I’m absolutely shocked. I can’t believe he went that high.”

79. “This place is phenomenal. The fans are right on top of the players. You feed off that adrenaline. I really think this environment is a vital part of what’s happening here.”

80. “I have a problem with honoring mediocrity in so many cases over teams that have great years.”

81. “The Allstate March Mayhem Challenge is a great, great bracket challenge.”

82. “We’re really thrilled about it because we got lots of great story lines.”

83. “Bottom line is, I love the game too much. There’s no place in the game for coaches talking on wiretaps about buying players.” 

84. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that he’s one of the 15 top players in the history of the ACC.”

85. “These guys are teachers, and you can see it watching any of their practices, much less their games. You can watch ‘Knight School’ and see that he still loves to be in a coaching situation. I know he gets a little frustrated with the losses sometimes, but he’s still out there doing it.”

Dick Vitale Quotes About Basketball

86. “It’s not me. And I stayed with what I did, and I’m very proud that I did that because I make a great living and I’m lucky and I get to be involved with the thing I truly love, and that’s the game of basketball.”

87. “It is time for everyone to sit down—the NCAA, the NBA, the players union and the coaching fraternity—and come up with suitable solutions to these problems.”

88. “That just goes with the territory whenever you’re a superstar and play for a great team. That’s a compliment. That means you’ve made it.”

89. “Take this philosophical excursion, analyze it, dissect it, and argue with it.”

90. “The NCAA can’t pay the players. If a kid is good enough, and an agent wants to give him money, let them give him money.”

91. “John Wooden has been a vital force in the lives of many with his inspirational messages.”

92. “Maybe the next Michelangelo of philosophy will read this book and come to share my passion for Mr. Naismith’s marvelous game.”

93. “This is a very special atmosphere in the Big East. The people are right on top of the floor. It’s not like the pro atmosphere you have at places like Madison Square Garden and the Meadowlands. This is the essence of college basketball.”

94. “What has happened at Indiana, every game becomes a final exam. You are judged by your most recent performance, and that makes it tough for everybody in the program. It’s tough enough to try to win without having that kind of pressure.”

95. “When you can go on the road and get 35 at Kansas with the rock-chalk Jayhawk crowd going bananas and you make big plays to help your club leave with a win on the road like that, you’ve got talent. So, he’s got talent.”

More Dick Vitale Quotes About Basketball

96. “Yep, college basketball in D.C. is as good as any other area in the country.”

97. “I think they are a very dangerous basketball team, a team that could create a lot of problems.”

98. “I know people don’t want to hear me talk about Duke. Hey, so what? I’m talking about them because they deserve to be talked about.”

99. “It was an incredible effort by the Irish down in Tallahassee. Jameis Winston was too tough in the second half—congrats to the Seminoles.”

100. “I like going to new environments. I’m so accustomed to going to Duke, Carolina and Kentucky, and those are phenomenal. But it’s nice going to new places.”

101. “I think he’s done a phenomenal job and hasn’t got the recognition he’s deserved for a guy that’s proven he can win in a tough situation. I’m kind of surprised his name hasn’t popped up before now.”

102. “Brewer can create his own shot. He’s a great player offensively and defensively and he’s going to be a lottery selection. But he could use another year to work on his range as a shooter.”

103. “At the beginning of the season, when you thought of Pittsburgh you thought about a team that was regrouping. I didn’t think they would be 17-3 at this point. I’m excited to play this game.”

104. “The tournaments in ’93, ’97 and ’99 are the only three years that three No.1 seeds made it to the Final Four.”

105. “There’s no doubt that they’ve been a real surprise. This team has amazing camaraderie. They play together—they’ve done a phenomenal job.”

106. “You’d have to live in a cave not to know about the Carrier Dome. It put Syracuse on the map.”

107. “They have one of the blue chip coaches in America. Somehow, I think Tom will have his guys competing for a Big Ten Championship again.”

108. “Bottom line—college basketball is broken.”

109. “I am so proud to know that the game I love has even touched philosophical prime-time players like Walls and Bassham.”

110. “You don’t have to go to Harvard to figure out that the Big East is the best league in the country. You don’t have to be a genius. A dummy like me can figure that out.”

Which of These Dick Vitale Quotes Made You Appreciate Your Work More?

Vitale is a college basketball star whose simple presence in an arena indicates the importance of a match and puts supporters into a frenzy. His unwavering dedication to coaching and his profession elevates him to the position as the game’s best ambassador. It’s his voice, his delivery, and his basketball vocabulary that make him Dick Vitale.

Despite his success in life, Vitale has never forgotten his roots and has become an active supporter in the fight to cure cancer. That is why his contributions to his community and to the basketball world are evident.

May the iconic Dick Vitale quotes above encourage you to enjoy your profession. He is living proof that if you enjoy what you do in life, you will most likely achieve your goals. And who knows, maybe one day you’ll accomplish your ambitions as well.

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