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Monday, September 16, 2013
Roundball chatter

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

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

• I want to wish BYU coach Dave Rose a speedy recovery. He recently underwent surgery as part of his cancer treatment. The surgery was to remove cancerous spots that were discovered during Rose's most recent routine cancer screening. He is expected to be ready to coach when the Cougars begin official practice to prepare for the 2013-14 season on Oct. 7.

• Justice has been served. Originally, the NCAA did not grant a waiver to Kerwin Okoro, who planned to play at Rutgers after leaving Iowa State. Now Okoro will be allowed to play immediately for Rutgers this season after he was granted the NCAA waiver for eligibility following his transfer. It was common sense to let this kid play right away following the tragic passing of his father and brother. This is a young man who wanted to be closer to home to be near his mother. I am glad that Mark Emmert & Co. finally made the right decision.

• As I have said many times, student-athletes have to be held accountable for their actions. If you make a good decision, things will turn out well. If you make a bad decision, the negative consequences will occur. Connecticut forward Tyler Olander was recently charged with DUI and suspended. Coach Kevin Ollie had to be disappointed in the actions of his player.

• I have always loved Mark Few's scheduling philosophy at Gonzaga. This season is no exception, as the nonleague agenda includes trips to Memphis (in February), West Virginia, Wichita, Kansas (vs. Kansas State), Maui (several potential tough tests there), plus games against Colorado State, New Mexico State and Oakland.

• Over the years, veteran coaches have hired experienced individuals to serve as assistants. I am looking forward to seeing Perry Clark back on the sidelines this season, as he will work at South Carolina assisting head coach Frank Martin.