Many of us have kept Dick Vitale in our thoughts and prayers as he continues his battle with cancer. And, per his announcement on Monday, it appears Dickie V is doing quite well.
Vitale said he is on track to make his return in late November when preseason-ranked No. 16 Kentucky Wildcats host No. 7 Miami in Lexington for the SEC-ACC Challenge. He said he hopes to be there and, as of now, plans to be there. Vitale continued by thanking everyone for their prayers and the love that’s been sent his way during this process. He said it’s been tough, but he reminds himself to just have faith and think positively.
If you’re not up-to-date on Vitale’s condition, this is his third battle with cancer since 2021. First, he was dealing with lymphoma and melanoma, but now he is recovering from cancer found in his vocal cords. He had not been able to speak for months and says everyone who watches the video above is the first person to hear him speak during that time span.
There’s absolutely no question that college basketball is a much better place with Dick Vitale, and his return to broadcasting will bring an incredible amount of joy to fans across the country. His road back hasn’t been an easy one, but you can see how much passion he has for the sport and the fans through his determination to return to broadcasting.
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Big Blue Madness as a movie. Basketball season is here. Go Big Blue. pic.twitter.com/yQWS8I4dHi— Kentucky Men’s Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 16, 2023
After a lot of thought and consideration, I am excited to continue my athletic and academic career at Eastern Kentucky University! #gocolonels #MatterOfPride @EKUWWells @Erik_Losey @EKUFootball @coacharichman @N_Baisch42 @LexCathFootball pic.twitter.com/x5zXpOwwFU— Joe Schlarman (@JoeSchlarman) October 17, 2023
Joe Schlarman, the son of John Schlarman, will be playing at nearby EKU.
The legacy of John Schlarman and his No. 65 jersey will continue in Kentucky -- and it'll be right down the road in Richmond.
Will Kentucky make the cut?
Philly looks unstoppable.
Pretty strong comparison here.
Tough break for Indy.
All starts at the top.
Houston, we have a problem.
Too high? Too low?