CHARLOTTE -- The Big South Conference unveiled the top 25 "Best of the Best" moments in league history to kick off the Conference's 25th Anniversary celebration in 2008-09 during a banquet Thursday night.
Most of the "Best of the Best" honorees were in attendance to be recognized and saluted for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Big South Conference.
In 2007, the Big South Conference's 25th Anniversary Committee -- comprised of administrators from each current member institution -- began the task of honoring the conference's first 25 years. The efforts culminated with the Top 25 "Best of the Best" moments in Big South Conference history from 1983-2008.
The Big South will be honoring these moments, as well as recognizing other notable achievements that deserve applause, throughout the 2008-09 season. The Conference is also conducting an online fan poll to determine the top moment in the first 25 years of the Big South Conference.
Voting will begin today at bigsouthsports.com and continue through March 25. Fan voting will be combined with the 25th Anniversary Committee's votes to come up with the official rank order of the "Best of the Best" moments from No. 25 to No. 1. The countdown will be unveiled at the concluding 25th Anniversary banquet in May 2009.
Beginning Aug. 25 and continuing approximately 25 weeks through March 25, the Big South Conference will feature each "Best of the Best" moment in greater detail on a weekly basis -- including a video vignette series around each moment that will be available for viewing on the Big South's Web site, bigsouthsports.com, and on the league's television package during football and basketball season.
Here's the "Best of the Best" list: