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    NSU Athletics: Buster Olney to give commencement address

    ABERDEEN, S.D. – ESPN sports journalist and best-selling author Buster Olney will be the 2013 spring commencement speaker for Northern State University. 

    Olney will deliver the commencement address at the ceremony, which is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the NSU Barnett Center. Olney, a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, has ties with the university through his work writing a book about legendary Northern basketball coach Don Meyer. 

    NSU President Jim Smith said having Olney on campus for commencement is a wonderful honor for the university. 

    “Mr. Olney is an extremely well-known baseball analyst/expert; however, he is also nationally recognized as a fine author and researcher,” Smith said. “He knows Aberdeen well; he enjoys life here on the Great Plains; and, of course, his friendship with Coach Don Meyer has evolved, in an exceptionally positive way, over the past few years. Personally, I have always enjoyed conversing with Buster during his various trips to campus – I know he’ll have much to share with all those in attendance at our upcoming commencement.” 

    Olney grew up in Vermont and graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. A former New York Times sports writer, Olney is also author of the book, "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty." His book about Meyer, “How Lucky You Can Be,” was released in 2011. 

    “I am incredibly honored to be asked to speak at Northern State's graduation, knowing what the school means to its students and alumni, and to Aberdeen and South Dakota,” Olney said. “I feel like an adopted son to the Northern community, after spending so much time there over the last five years, and will be proud to help celebrate the seniors on such an important day for them.” 

    “Plus,” Olney continued, “there's the fear factor: I know if I don't prepare properly, Coach Meyer will give me an earful.”

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