Roundball Chatter

Each week I talk about the sport I love, college basketball:

• The recent Arizona sanctions once again prove how the innocent pay the price for the actions of those no longer part of the program. At least current Wildcat players will not miss out on postseason play. In all fairness, I don't know how the NCAA can punish those former players and coaches truly responsible for the violations.

• Northwestern and coach Bill Carmody suffered a tough break when 6-foot-8 forward Kevin Coble decided he was not going to return to play next season. Coble sat out the 2009-10 season after suffering a foot injury during the preseason. He averaged almost 15 points per game during his career with the Wildcats. With John Shurna, Drew Crawford and Michael Thompson all scheduled to return, this Northwestern team had potential to make noise in the Big Ten. The absence of Coble could derail those hopes.

• Down in SEC country, the Florida Gators have their entire starting five returning, including Kenny Boynton and Chandler Parsons, both of whom made countless key shots last season. It should be a really good year for Billy Donovan in Gainesville.

• One of UCLA's favorite sons will be involved with the basketball program once again. Tyus Edney, known for his great end-to-end play to beat Missouri in the 1995 NCAA tournament, has been named director of basketball operations by coach Ben Howland. Edney is still No. 2 on the school's all time assist list. He also holds the UCLA single-game steal record with 11. It is a great addition to the Bruins program.

• John Calipari has announced that Darnell Dodson will not be returning to the Wildcats for the upcoming season. Kentucky will not miss Dodson as much as he will miss playing for the Wildcats!

• This will be a pivotal year for coach Mick Cronin at Cincinnati. The Bearcats lost Lance Stephenson to the draft, which was not a big surprise. It's never easy playing in a conference such as the Big East, but Cronin has a group that will scrap and claw. This team will play hard and will compete in a solid league.

• It is a great break for college hoop stars such as Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith and Purdue's JaJuan Johnson to compete against the USA team featuring NBA superstars! It will be a terrific experience for those young men.