Tags: All-Americans, Buffy Rabbitt, Cross-Country, PCAA champions, Track, Vince O'Boyle
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Buffy Rabbitt, a five-time All-American in cross-country and track and a two-time NCAA Region 8 cross-country champion, ran for UCI from 1986 to 1990 under legendary coach Vince O’Boyle. In 1987, the UCI women’s cross-country team finished first in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (in 1988 the PCAA changed its name to the Big West Conference). Buffy Rabbitt, a freshman, placed fourth in the NCAA championships that year, the highest finish to that point in the history of UCI women’s cross-country. She was women’s cross-country PCAA Athlete of the Year in 1987 and again in 1990. Buffy also worked as a student assistant in the Langson Library Reference Department during this period. It was always hard to believe that this somewhat shy, yet kind and helpful student could turn into such a fiercely competitive athlete when she ran. In 1998, Buffy Rabbitt was inducted into the UCI Athletic Hall of Fame, along with former basketball coach Bill Mulligan, water polo player Jeff Campbell and golfer Jerry Wisz.
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UCI Basketball All-Americans March 28, 2011Posted by ucisca in Anteaters, Athletics, Student Life, University Archives.
Tags: All-Americans, Basketball, Bill Mulligan, Kevin Magee, Men's Basketbal, Women's Basketball
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As March Madness reaches a fevered pitch and the NCAA Division I championship games approach, a review of UCI Men’s and Women’s basketball accomplishments seems appropriate. Although neither program has ever won a national championship, there is a tradition of strong teams and players. Below is a list of UCI basketball players who have achieved All-American status while playing at UCI:
Cheri Graham 1984
Allah-mi Basheer 1996
One of the greatest UCI players ever was forward Kevin Magee, pictured in early 1981 with legendary Men’s Head Coach Bill Mulligan. Magee played at UCI in 1980-81 and 1981-82. A two-time All-American and Big West Conference (then PCAA) Player of the Year, he was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the 1982 NBA Draft. He played in Italy, France, Israel and Spain throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, and was one of the greatest European players of that (or any) era. Kevin Magee averaged 26.3 points and 12.3 rebounds for the Anteaters. He still holds school records for points, with 46 against Loyola Marymount, and rebounds, with 25 against Long Beach State. Bill Mulligan said that Kevin Magee was “the best basketball player I ever coached.” Kevin Magee died in a car accident in Louisiana in 2003.
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