Alumni Profiles is an ongoing series highlighting successful graduates who, with a SUNY education, achieved interesting and influential careers.
Sal Paolantonio is a broadcaster, author, professor and family man. He is best known as a reporter for ESPN, focusing mainly on the NFL. Working out of Philadelphia, Paolantonio spends the majority of his time covering the Philadelphia Eagles and our home-state NY Giants and NY Jets.
Paolantonio will be delivering the commencement address at SUNY Oneonta’s Class of 2013 Commencement Ceremony. He will be presented with the degree of honorary doctorate of Humane Letters at the college’s 124th commencement, 26 years following his undergraduate graduation. Paolantonio graduated, cum laude, from SUNY Oneonta in 1977, earning a B.A. in history with a minor in English literature in just three years.
One of SUNY’s four university centers, The University at Albany, is shining its shoes and practicing its pointe (guards) for a historical weekend: Both UAlbany mens and womens basketball teams became champions of the America East conference and are headed to the NCAA Tournament.
The Mens Basketball Team punched their ticket with a 53-49 victory at The University of Vermont in the America East championship game on Saturday, March 16. Later that day, the Womens Team made it a pair of championships when they defeated The University at Hartford, 61-52 at home.
The Mens Team will head to Philadelphia on Friday, March 22, where they will face legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s four-time NCAA champion Duke Blue Devils at 12:15 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS.
The women’s team will face North Carolina on Sunday, March 24 in Newark, Delaware. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
Follow along below as we gather news and media reporting on both teams, their experiences and updates from the community.
Steve Levy is a businessman, actor, and broadcaster. He graduated from SUNY Oswego in 1987 before beginning his professional career in broadcasting with sports talk radio station WFAN out of New York City. He started his long running career with ESPN in 1993, where he anchors for SportsCenter nearly every evening.
Before migrating to SportsCenter, Levy worked the NHL regular season and playoff games as well as ESPN’s college football. Levy, better known as “Mr. Overtime” in the hockey arena, holds the coveted honor of calling the three longest NHL games in television history, in 1996, 2000, and 2003.
And his talents don’t cease at television. In 2005, Levy appeared in the filmsFever Pitch and The Ringer playing himself. Then, in 2007, he appeared in The Game Plan and in 2012, Parental Guidance. Showcasing his business side, Levy partnered with ESPN co-worker and former NHL head coach Barry Melrose in 2004 to co-own the Adirondack Frostbite, a minor league hockey team that was located in Glens Falls, NY.