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Remembering Jim Valvano

Updated: December 3, 2010, 3:47 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

I know that Jimmy Valvano is looking down from heaven, watching a lot of college basketball and smiling.

He is probably proud of his friends. After all, this is Jimmy V Week at ESPN.

I cannot believe it is almost 17 years since he left us.

I remember something he said to his friends near the end of his life, one which was cut short by the dreaded disease of cancer. He told several people that cancer would not be cured before he left, but we needed ...

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