College Basketball World Congratulates Dick Vitale For Ringing The Bell After Beating Cancer

Basketball Fans React TO Dick Vitale Ringing Bell After Beating Cancer


The most recent college basketball season featured a fairly notable void when it comes to the realm of broadcasting, as the legendary Dick Vitale was forced to sit out for the majority of the campaign due to a battle with cancer.

Last summer, the beloved ESPN personality shared he’d undergone treatment for melanoma before revealing doctors had also diagnosed him with lymphoma in the fall. While the 82-year-old was able to don the headset for a showdown between Gonzaga and UCLA in November, he officially stepped away in January to rest his vocal cords ahead of surgery to treat the dysplasia that had also been detected while continuing to undergo chemotherapy.

Last month, Dickie V provided the world with some fantastic news around the same time March Madness kicked off when he revealed a PET scan showed he was cancer-free. Now, he’s returned with the best news of all, as he posted a video of himself ringing the celebratory bell after his medical team informed him he was officially cancer-free (along with a quote from the late, great Jim Valvano that he used for inspiration during the fight).

The college basketball world was obviously amped to learn about the development, and a number of players, coaches, schools, and fellow members of the media flooded his mentions to congratulate Vitale on the well-earned victory.

Let the countdown to next season begin. It’s just not the same without him.