Fairfield U. to honor “Hoops” Weiss and Jim O’Connell

Fairfield University will honor two longtime college sports writers, former New York Daily News columnist Dick “Hoops” Weiss and Associated Press National College writer Jim “OC” O’Connell with the inaugural Fairfield University Basketball “Stags Lifetime Achievement Award: Leader of the Herd” for long and meritorious service tonight at the University Club in New York City, it was announced by Fairfield Athletic Director Gene Doris.

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. and tickets are priced at $25 for general admission. For information call Pat Murphy at 203/254-4000 x2102 or register online at www.fairfield.edu/friendsofbballnyc.

The legendary writers have both received the Curty Gowdy Award to enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and have a combined 80 years of award-winning coverage of college basketball including a total of 77 N.C.A.A. championships. Doris will be joined by head men’s basketball coach Sydney Johnson, women’s coach Joe Frager, and special guests in presenting the awards for “distinguished service and lifetime achievement with accuracy and journalistic integrity, while keeping the efforts of the student-athletes at the forefront.”

The inaugural plaques will be permanently displayed both in the Fairfield Athletics office and at the Fairfield Stags Club in the Webster Bank Arena.

WFAN radio update reporter Bob Heussler, the “Voice of the Stags” on WICC Radio, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at Fairfield’s Basketball Tip-Off Dinner.