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Dick Vitale Reacts To Vanderbilt Hiring Jerry Stackhouse

Dick Vitale calling a game for ESPN.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 06: Sportscaster Dick Vitale broadcasts before a semifinal game of the West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament between the Santa Clara Broncos and the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Orleans Arena on March 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gonzaga won 77-68. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Earlier today, Vanderbilt officially hired former NBA star Jerry Stackhouse as its new head basketball coach. It is a bold hire for sure.

Stackhouse has never coached in college, not even as an assistant. His only head coaching experience was with Raptors 905 in the G-League.

For a program like Vanderbilt, an outside-the-box hire is sometimes the way to go. However, there's definite risk to this move, and ESPN's Dick Vitale agrees.

Vitale chimed in on Twitter this afternoon with his thoughts on Stackhouse's new gig.

"I wish Jerry ⁦@jerrystackhouse⁩ the best / heard super things about his development as a coach but this is going to be his biggest challenge that he faces in his hoops career ! The @SEC is TOUGH!" he wrote.

Vandy is coming off a season where it went 0-18 in league play, so in some ways, there is nowhere to go but up.

Also, the program is only two years removed from back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. It's not easy to win at Vanderbilt, but it is possible.

We'll see if Stackhouse is up to the task.