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Providence gets Shaq to DJ and host Late Night Madness festivities

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: TV personality/retired basketball player Shaquille O’Neal onstage at The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Pictures Studios on March 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber will air on March 30, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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It has become a tradition for schools to pull out all the stops for their madness festivities to open the season and Providence got an interesting former player to host its ceremonies.

The Friars announced on Friday that Hall of Fame big man Shaquille O’Neal will serve as co-host and DJ for the school’s Late Night Madness event that runs on Oct. 15 at Mullaney Gymnasium.

According to the release, O’Neal will perform a DJ set after the event in which he will go by his DJ Diesel moniker. In case you weren’t up to Shaq’s latest musical endeavors, he has slowed down his rap career in favor of becoming an EDM DJ who has performed at a few festivals around the world.

While it’s hard to say how Shaq’s DJ set goes over with the crowd, he’s certainly a big name and a natural entertainer, so this is an intriguing pull for Providence to host this event. With Shaq being an LSU alum, it will also be odd to hear how this whole thing came about and how the Friars were able to get him for the event.