ABERDEEN - ESPN sports journalist Buster Olney will speak at Northern State University's spring commencement.

The Aberdeen American News reports that Olney has ties with the university through his work writing a book about legendary Northern basketball coach Don Meyer.

Olney will deliver the commencement address at the ceremony in the Barnett Center, which is scheduled for May 4 at 10:30 a.m.

NSU President Jim Smith says having Olney on campus for commencement is a wonderful honor for the university.

Olney says he feels like an adopted son to the Northern community after spending so much time there over the last five years. He joked that if he doesn't prepare properly, Coach Meyer will give him an earful.

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