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Bryant Stith brings intellect, integrity, presence to ODU basketball

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: May 15, 2013
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May 15, 2013

By David Teel

Bryant Stith had just led Virginia to a victory at Maryland. But he had little interest in discussing his performance, the game or the team's national ranking.

This was Jan. 16, 1991, and less than an hour before tipoff, President Bush had ordered Desert Storm, a United States-led coalition response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Among the troops in Saudi Arabia preparing for possible combat was Stith's best friend from back home in Brunswick County.

"We grew up together," Stith said that night, his concern palpable. "Now he's over there in the desert."

Just two days earlier, Stith had mailed his friend a letter and enclosed a Virginia team poster.

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