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Dick Vitale Medically Cleared to Call Baylor-Villanova Game

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Dick Vitale was medically cleared to travel on Wednesday and will be on the mic for Sunday’s Top 10 matchup between No. 2 Baylor and No. 6 Villanova.

Vitale shared the news of his medical clearance on Twitter.

The Baylor men’s basketball social media team re-tweeted Vitale’s original post. The game is set for 2 p.m. Sunday central time on ABC.


Last month, while Baylor was on the road at the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, Baylor head coach Scott Drew and the Bears send their best wishes to Vitale as he started cancer treatment for the second time this year.


The 82-year old Vitale is fighting lymphoma, a form of cancer. Vitale received that diagnosis months ago. Four months ago he underwent surgeries to remove melanomas.

Vitale is currently on a six-month cancer treatment. He called the contest between then-No. 1 Gonzaga and then-No. 2 UCLA in Las Vegas on Thanksgiving week but has not called a game since as he resumed his cancer treatment.

Vitale’s return to the mic comes at the end of ‘Jimmy V Week,’ the annual fundraiser for cancer research and treatment named for former North Carolina State coach and ESPN announcer Jim Valvano, who died of cancer in 1992. Vitale, a close friend of Valvano’s, has worked tirelessly with the V Foundation for Cancer Research since its inception.

Baylor (8-0) enters the game coming off a 99-54 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, while Villanova defeated Syracuse, 67-53, at the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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