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Roundball chatter

Updated: October 21, 2013, 1:37 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:

• Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory got some great news. Trae Golden, who transferred to Georgia Tech over the summer after playing three seasons at Tennessee, was ruled eligible to play for the Yellow Jackets this season. The school had sought a waiver of the NCAA's year-in-residency requirement for the 6-foot-2 guard, which was approved last Thursday. Golden averaged more than 12 points per game for the Vols last season.

Chane Behanan of Louisville is the latest player to learn about accountability for his actions. He did enough to violate school rules, leading to his suspension. His absence is a blow to Rick Pitino's defending national champions, especially on the glass. Simply look at what he did in the second half of the national title game against Michigan and you will see his value. Hopefully he will learn from his errors in judgment.

• New Minnesota coach Richard Pitino got a couple of additions to his roster. Guard Malik Smith, who played for Pitino at Florida International last season, has been granted immediate eligibility for 2013-14. Former Drake forward Joey King also was given a waiver to play right away.

• Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett lost his appeal to the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee, so he must serve a five-game suspension and won't be allowed to recruit off campus this season. The NCAA upheld penalties for recruiting violations. The school said Bennett's penalty would begin on Dec. 30 at midnight for five games, including one nonconference contest.

• Talk about a press that is going to cause havoc in college hoops -- wait until you see the chaos Shaka Smart and his kids create at VCU. It should be an interesting year in the A-10 against Smart's squad.

• Fans rave about diaper dandies like Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Julius Randle of Kentucky and Jabari Parker of Duke. Go West, baby, and you get incredible reviews about the most outstanding player of the McDonald's game, new Wildcat Aaron Gordon. He is going to be special in the Pac-12.

• UCLA got some good news, as freshman forward Wanaah Bail's waiver was approved by the NCAA. He was granted full eligibility to play in the 2013-14 basketball season. Bail, a 6-foot-9 forward from Houston, underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee on June 28. He has not yet been cleared to return to practice.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.

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