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  • May 11, 2004Previous ColumnsWhile being honored at last week's Cable Car Classic golf event at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, former Michigan State head coach Jud Heathcote, who won a national title with Magic Johnson in 1979, paid tribute to Art Santo Domingo, calling him "The best friend a guy could have and the best guy a friend could have."Since 1967 Santo Domingo has been the founder and director of the Cable Car Classic, the longest running holiday basketball event in the country. He and Harry Jupiter of the San Francisco Examiner wanted the Bay Area to have an event where college hoops programs from around the country could play and over the years there have been many stars to appear in the event. Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Ralph Sampson, John Lucas, Phil Chenier and Mugsy Bogues were some of the visitors while Santa Clara has boasted the likes of Awtrey, Rambis, the Ogdens, Keeling and Nash.However, the tournament is only a small reason Santo Domingo is loved by the program; he's a friend. Those connected to the university should never take for granted how lucky they are to have a supporter like him. Like the heart that sustains us without much acknowledgement so is Santo Domingo."He has so many qualities you appreciate in somebody. Humility is one of them and loyalty is surely another," says Santa Clara Head Coach Dick Davey. "He is tremendously loyal to all the coaches. Once they come to his event they are always invited. As long as they don't turn on him or do something in a negative manner he's always there for them."Art can been seen scoring an A's or Giants game, keeping stats for the Warriors and occasionally even a Bronco game. While he's identified in college sports with Santa Clara, he's become attached to other programs, as well.Adds Davey: "If BYU is out here and they're playing San Jose State, he'll go watch 'em play so he can see (head coach) Steve Cleveland. When Harrick was at UCLA and they were playing at Cal, he might go over there and watch their game. He's followed Riley Wallace's Hawaii teams back to the Minnesota and Las Vegas when they were there. He's loyal to the people that have been loyal to him."The aforementioned coaches were hacking up the course last week along with former coaches Johnny Orr from Michigan and Iowa State and Don Monson of Idaho along with current coaches Hugh Durham of Jacksonville, Riley Wallace of Hawaii, Bruce Pearl of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Michael Holton of Portland, Brad Holland of San Diego, Randy Bennett of Saint Mary's and Steve Aggers of LMU, just to name a few. Also, former players like Awtrey, Steve Kenilvort and Santa Clara's first elected mayor Gary Gillmor participated and represented a small portion of the room that gave Santo Domingo a standing ovation during the banquet portion of the event to raise money for Big Brothers-Big Sisters, a charity that Art has been involved with for many years. To put on an event like this is a pricey proposition: flying coaches into town, hotels and golf at the Olympic Club, Monterey Peninsula and Pasatiempo. Those checks are written by Santo Domingo and it's about time he's recognized for his generosity. He'd be embarrassed by the recognition; that's why I'm writing this while he's out of town (I'll deal with the wrath later).As an ultimate fan, Art will not only attend all home and some glamour away games, he'll go to them all. Believe me, it's a special fan that WANTS to go to Bozeman, Montana or Pocatello, Idaho.After noting that my quintet (assistant coaches Sam Scuilli and Lloyd Pierce, women's Head Coach Michelle Bento and storyteller extraordinaire Andy Locatelli since I'm not going down alone for the performance of the team) had the worst score of all the teams in the "scramble" format, a rival WCC coach tried to make me feel better by saying I was lucky, despite a horrible golf game, to have a guy in my corner like Art because "we don't have one for our program. Where can I find a guy like that?""There aren't many programs that really do have a guy like that," says Davey. "It's not for personal gain at all. He's doing it for a charity and his love for athletics. He loves Santa Clara and Santa Clara athletics, but he loves the Giants, Stanford, the Oakland A's, the Warriors. He's a sports fan and a sports fan that does not need to be in the limelight to enjoy doing things. Being in the spotlight is something that Art is not interested in. He's interested in promoting sports."A quick aside... On one of the last few holes, Scuilli sprayed his second shot into the woods and explained the miscue to the team, "That, guys, was just pure arrogance. I didn't humble myself to the game and that's what happens." In the cart I told Sam that I humbled myself to the game without a tinge of arrogance and still sprayed my shot. At that point, the assistant coach responded with an irritated, "That's your problem!"In driving away that night, negotiating northbound Hwy 17, I replayed many of my errant drives, a couple witnessed by Art's beautiful wife Fran. As painful as my game was, I know I'll be back for more next year. Because of being associated with Santo Domingo each double bogey is a blessing...and there were plenty of those. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintAddthis June 21, 2004 Denison to Train with Canadian Youth National Team May 11, 2004 Broncos Have A Great Friend In Santo Domingo May 4, 2004 Men's Hoops Signs Mbanugo To Letter of Intent April 22, 2004 Men's Basketball Adds Junior College Forward April 14, 2004 WCC Basketball Championships Return To Santa Clara April 8, 2004 Perkins Earns Hoops MVP Honors April 8, 2004 Annual Team Banquet Relives Great Memories March 7, 2004 Broncos Lose Heartbreaker To No. 4 Gonzaga March 6, 2004 Broncos Stay Alive In WCC Tourney March 6, 2004 Santa Clara 81, San Francisco 75 March 5, 2004 Broncos Rout San Diego, 82-48, In WCC First Round March 5, 2004 Santa Clara 82, San Diego 48 March 4, 2004 Davey's Squad Enters New Season March 3, 2004 Niesen's Charges Spark Team March 1, 2004 SCU's First Round Tourney Matchup A Tough One February 29, 2004 WCC Basketball Tournament Pairings Set February 28, 2004 Broncos End Regular-Season With Loss To No. 4 Gonzaga February 26, 2004 Men's Hoops Comeback Downs Portland February 26, 2004 Men's Hoops Standouts Honored For Academics February 23, 2004 Men's Hoops To End Regular-Season February 21, 2004 Broncos Downed By Saint Mary's February 18, 2004 WCC Auctioning VIP Seats at Basketball Tournament February 16, 2004 Men's Hoops Returns Home Against Saint Mary's February 14, 2004 Broncos Drop Heartbreaker In Malibu February 12, 2004 Broncos Downed by LMU February 10, 2004 The WCC's Stretch Run Is Crowded February 9, 2004 Men's Hoops Returns To Southern California February 7, 2004 Broncos Edged By USD, 74-71 February 5, 2004 Long-Range Broncos Bomb San Diego February 3, 2004 Bronco Men To Host San Diego January 31, 2004 Broncos Drop Hard-Fought Contest to 10th-Ranked Gonzaga January 29, 2004 Santa Clara Sinks the Pilots January 28, 2004 Bronco Hoops History January 27, 2004 Big Week For Bronco Men's Basketball January 27, 2004 Gonzaga Men's Hoops Game Declared A Sellout January 24, 2004 Broncos Drop One To San Francisco January 23, 2004 Transfer Impacts Bronco Basketball Program January 22, 2004 Broncos Drops WCC Road Opener At Saint Mary's January 20, 2004 Broncos Enjoy Early Success January 20, 2004 Gonzaga Tickets Becoming Harder To Come By January 19, 2004 Men's Basketball Visits Bay Area Rivals January 17, 2004 Broncos Takes Care Of LMU At Home January 16, 2004 2004 Alumni Game Rosters January 16, 2004 Bronco Men To Host Loyola Marymount January 15, 2004 Broncos Calm the Waves January 15, 2004 Mr Hustle January 12, 2004 Men's Basketball To Conclude Eight Game Homestand January 9, 2004 Defense Leads Broncos To Victory January 7, 2004 Calling All Men's Hoops Alumni January 6, 2004 Men's Hoops Odds & Ends January 6, 2004 52nd Season of WCC Hoops Starts Friday January 3, 2004 Broncos Edged By Eastern Washington January 1, 2004 Broncos Look Forward To Rematch December 31, 2003 Wisconsin Milwaukee 85, Idaho St 70 December 30, 2003 UW-Milwaukee 85, Idaho State 70 December 30, 2003 Santa Clara Falls To BYU in Cable Car Championship December 30, 2003 Cable Car Classic 2003 All-Tournament Team December 29, 2003 Brigham Young 90, Idaho State 66 December 29, 2003 Howell Bout That December 29, 2003 BYU Advances To Cable Car Championship December 28, 2003 Tournament of Tradition December 28, 2003 The 37th Cable Car Classic - By The Numbers December 25, 2003 37th Cable Car Classic Begins Monday December 23, 2003 Bronco Basketball Loses A Great Friend December 22, 2003 Bronco Athletics Offers Special Ticket For WCC Hoops December 22, 2003 Men's Hoops Wins Double-Overtime Thriller December 22, 2003 Men's Basketball Announces Early Signing Class December 21, 2003 Men's Hoops To Host UMBC December 21, 2003 Jones Maintains Competitive Fire December 20, 2003 Bronco Men Drop Overtime Heartbreaker December 18, 2003 Men's Hoops To Host Mississippi State December 17, 2003 Second Half Surge Pushes Oregon To Win December 16, 2003 Men's Basketball Plays Final Non-League Road Game December 15, 2003 Men's Hoops Win Streak Ends December 13, 2003 Perkins Leads Way In Win Over Pacific December 11, 2003 Men's Hoops Returns To Action Saturday December 6, 2003 Patrick Happy To Be A Bronco December 6, 2003 Santa Clara Overpowers Montana State December 3, 2003 Santa Clara Nips Spartans in Rivalry Hoops Game December 2, 2003 Men's Hoops Travel To Rivalry Series Game December 1, 2003 Broncos Roll In Non-Conference Victory November 30, 2003 Men's Hoops Returns To Action Monday November 29, 2003 Broncos Win Men's Basketball Home Opener November 28, 2003 Men's Basketball Prepares For Home Opener November 26, 2003 Men's Basketball Earns Maui Invitational Victory November 25, 2003 Villanova Slips By Santa Clara in Overtime November 24, 2003 Broncos Fall To Hawaii In Maui Invitational November 23, 2003 Broncos Enjoy First Days In Paradise November 22, 2003 Niesen Looking To Provide Toughness To Broncos November 21, 2003 Men's Hoops Travels to EA SPORTS Maui Invitational November 17, 2003 Bronco Hoops Wins Exhibition Contest November 14, 2003 Men's Basketball Shoots for Success November 14, 2003 Hoops Game Tickets On Sale Now November 6, 2003 Health Cited As A Key To Bronco Hoops Fortune October 20, 2003 Pierce Brings Passion, Experience To Bronco Hoops October 17, 2003 2003-04 Santa Clara Men's Basketball Outlook October 17, 2003 Men's Hoops Starts New Season with First Practice Saturday October 13, 2003 Holmes Finds Success Overseas October 13, 2003 Bronco Hoops Forms Radio Broadcast Partnership October 1, 2003 WCC Announces 2003-04 Basketball Television Schedule September 11, 2003 Men's Hoops Opener To Air On ESPN2 August 31, 2003 Nash Has A Lot of Team Spirit August 31, 2003 Catching Up With Brandon Rohe August 16, 2003 Nash Returns to Familiar Role August 14, 2003 EA Sports Maui Invitational Announces Brackets August 2, 2003 WCC Men's Hoops Coaches Make Summertime Predictions July 10, 2003 Summer Bronco Hoops Update July 2, 2003 Former Bronco Hoops Standout Returns As Assistant Coach googletag.cmd.push(function() googletag.display('gpt-ad-adhesion'); ); (function($) $(window).on('endscroll', function() if ($(window).scrollTop() >= ($(window).height() / 3)) $('.gpt-adhesion-placeholder').addClass('collapse'); $('.sticky-bar').addClass('expand'); else $('.gpt-adhesion-placeholder').removeClass('collapse'); $('.sticky-bar').removeClass('expand'); );)(jQuery);

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