College basketball icon Dick Vitale reveals he's been diagnosed with cancer
For the second time in three months, ESPN personality Dick Vitale has been diagnosed with cancer.
Vitale announced Monday he’s battling a form of lymphoma, just a couple of months after he beat melanoma. In his announcement, Vitale said his treatment has a 90% cure rate, which is great news.
Thanks so much to all of you for your prayers and support as I plan on fighting with all my heart to win this battle. Please know I appreciate so much that you care. https://t.co/kw7y2oeywI
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) October 18, 2021
Vitale is one of the most well-known personalities in college basketball, joining ESPN in 1980. After coaching high school basketball in New Jersey from 1963-71, he was brought onto Dick Lloyd’s staff at Rutgers from 1971-73. From there, he took the head coaching job at Detroit Mercy from 1973-77 and coached the Detroit Pistons from 1978-79.
From there, he joined ESPN, where he’s been ever since. Vitale has worked as a college commentator and analyst, and has also been very involved with the V Foundation for cancer research.