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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Vitale's roundball chatter

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

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

• Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg received some tough news when forward Allen Chaney was denied medical clearance to return to play for the Hokies by the Virginia Tech Sports Medicine Department due to continued complications from a cardiac condition. Unfortunately, this rare condition will prevent him from continuing his career at Virginia Tech. Chaney originally transferred to Virginia Tech from Florida in 2009 and sat out the 2009-10 season due to NCAA transfer rules. In April, 2010, he passed out during exercise and was diagnosed with a heart condition called myocarditis. He has been sidelined from the team ever since.

• A number of schools have been enjoying their summer by playing overseas. Louisville, Baylor, Illinois, Mississippi State and Villanova are among colleges which have been taking advantage of competing in exhibition games on the road. Cardinals' sophomore guard Russ Smith has made a positive impression with a couple of strong performances. These trips help teams bond in preparation for the upcoming season.

• Steve Fisher will be enjoying a lot of California Dreaming early this season. Of the Aztecs' first 12 games this season, 10 are in their home state. The only two games out of state are at Baylor and at Arizona. Those are two pretty tough opponents on the road for the Aztecs.

• Speaking of California Dreaming, Boston College coach Steve Donahue has four diaper dandies on his roster from California: guards Jordan Daniels and Lonnie Jackson, center KC Caudill and forward Ryan Anderson. That is a long distance to go for college, and they will be in ACC country, baby!

• November 14th will be an interesting date for fans of Fairfield. Former Stags coach Ed Cooley will bring his new team, Providence, down to face that Connecticut-based opponent. It will be interesting to see the fan reaction when the former coach is introduced.

• Can you believe it? Bluegrass Country may have been shocked when former Louisville players Francisco Garcia and Edgar Sosa led a team to a win ex-Wildcat stars? The coach of the Dominican squad was Kentucky's John Calipari!

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