I was a freshman at Niagara when Calvin was being recruited by Jim Maloney. He hung out with us on his visit during the Annual Spring Festival Weekend. Calvin won the Baton Twirling Championship at the New York Worlds Fair. As Otis stated, Calvin performed at the Bills gamre. What he didn't say is that Calvin was very nicely compensated, lol.Unfortunately college basketball has changed since the time when Niagara was a prominent college basketball program with Coach Frank Layden and Calvin Murphy.
Today Niagara is a near bottom feeder in the MAAC. It mens basketball program is underfunded even by MAAC standards. It plays basketball in the tiny high school like Taps Gallagher arena which shares space in the same building with other student services. Arguably today mens hockey is king sport on the Niagara campus.
Fun fact regarding Calvin Murphy: Calvin graduated from Norwalk Connecticut high school. but chose to play for out of the way Niagara University. One of the determining factors in Murphy's move to Niagara was that he would be able to twirl a baton between halves of the Buffalo Bills' football games (Go Bill’s!).