The award-winning broadcaster and Class of 1976 alum has related with college students at his alma mater throughout his sabbatical from ESPN.

Bob Ley took a sabbatical from ESPN to “re-charge,” and one of many methods he’s doing that’s by connecting with students at his alma mater.

After instructing two grasp lessons at Seton Corridor, the award-winning host of “Exterior the Traces” will ship the college’s graduation deal with Monday on the Prudential Middle. The 64-year-old Bloomfield, New Jersey native, who graduated from the Corridor in 1976, has served because the de facto conscience of sports activities for a few years. However he gained’t be delivering doom-and-gloom to the graduates.

In reality, these fast-changing, polarized occasions look fairly acquainted to him.  

“Each time I begin to really feel like telling individuals to get off my digital garden, I simply keep in mind what it was prefer to be that age, with the world in entrance of you,” Ley stated by way of cellphone. “After I graduated we had simply come by Vietnam, individuals screaming at one another within the streets and on the dinner desk. Nixon had resigned. We have been all considering, ‘My God, what the heck goes to occur subsequent? What occurred was the ’80s and nice (financial) enlargement and the tech revolution.”

He added, “As darkish and as binary as every part appears, I might like to be 22 popping out of college with the world at my toes.”

Ley definitely is aware of a factor or two about advances in expertise. After cutting his teeth at WSOU, Seton Hall’s student-run radio station, he joined ESPN on the community’s 1979 launch. On the time, quite a lot of of us scoffed on the thought of a 24-hour channel dedicated to sports activities. Embracing change is a message he conveyed at one-day grasp lessons on “Sports activities Journalism and Its Challenges” that he taught in South Orange in November and February.  

“Anyone who tells you what any business goes to seem like 5 years from now is stuffed with it,” Ley stated.

“What does tech will let you do?” he stated. “You’ll be able to go so far as your skills will take you.”

To face out in what he calls “the digital democracy,” he recommends “humanizing” tales.

“We’ve been telling tales as a species since we gathered across the campfire in loin cloths,” Ley stated. “Telling good tales will at all times entice individuals to you and your voice. You might need this marvelously complicated subject and what we’ve tried to do over time (on Exterior the Traces) is use the micro instance that illustrates the larger difficulty and flesh it out.”

Surprisingly, Ley has given only one different graduation speech, at Hartford in 2008.

“It’s a really humbling invitation,” he stated. “You need to say one thing that’s significant and has worth, however you don’t need to sit there and wag your finger and preach. I hope I’ll have the ability to supply some helpful recommendation.”

Ley stated he plans on talking for “about 12-15 minutes” and can draw on his private story as a first-generation faculty graduate who actually walked the identical pathways as many Seton Corridor college students. Lots of the friendships he fashioned in faculty proved to be lifelong.

“There’s a wealthy sense of group and household at that faculty and I hope that’s what continues to attract individuals to it,” he stated.

Ley’s sabbatical from ESPN, which started in October, was imagined to final six months. He not too long ago prolonged it indefinitely. Though he doesn’t see himself instructing full-time, he’s loved the grasp lessons and is open to doing extra. What else has he been as much as?

“Consuming and sleeping usually, exercising, spending time with my grandkids, doing a bit touring,” he stated. “It’s been nice. The corporate has been magnificent about it and we’ll see what occurs.”