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This and that

Updated: January 18, 2010, 3:22 PM ET
By Dick Vitale

Each week I talk about the world of sports:

• I was so impressed by Geno Auriemma's UConn Huskies. This team is simply too good. You can see how he works on making his team better; coaching them and pushing them even with a big lead. I was thrilled to see the combo of Maya Moore and Tina Charles of Connecticut. They beat a veteran Notre Dame team that entered the contest undefeated. You could see it was an M&M'er, a mismatch, when the Huskies raced to a 24-4 lead. Connecticut has so much talent and they play well as a team. It was the first women's game that I have worked in my 31 years on TV and it was a lot of fun!

• I would love to see Dr. Phil put Auriemma and UConn men's coach Jim Calhoun together for an intervention. These two Hall of Famers are so special for their school, yet it is no secret that they do not get along. Maybe we can get Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt and Geno together too so that they can get along. It is a shame that the Lady Vols and Huskies do not play eachother since Summitt called off the series.

• Lane Kiffin is something else. The Vols should be happy that he left for USC. How long will it be before there is a controversial headline in L.A.? I am surprised that some people are comparing Kiffin's departure with Calipari leaving Memphis. Calipari was not with the Tigers for only one year!

• We should all take a moment and say a prayer for those suffering from the earthquake in Haiti. If you have a chance, make a donation to one of the charitable causes trying to help out there. It is so sad watching the pictures that are on the news every night.

• North Carolina's Tyler Zeller had tough luck again as he suffered a stress fracture in his right foot. He will be out 4 to 6 weeks. I wish him the best for a speedy recovery. Roy Williams' team has struggled recently, but the expectations were too high given the level of talent lost. You can't be as good when Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green go to the NBA.

• South Florida hit a grand slam with new football coach Skip Holtz! He did a super job at East Carolina and I believe he will be a hit in the Big East.

• How about a salute to the Indianapolis Colts and their defensive unit? They did a super job shutting down the Baltimore Ravens. I guess that resting players during the final two weeks of the regular season wasn't such a bad idea after all.

• Meanwhile, Rex Ryan and the Jets deserve a salute for winning in San Diego. Isn't it ironic that the Jets go to Indianapolis for the AFC title game? There was so much controversy when the Colts pulled players in the third quarter of their last meeting.

Brett Favre and Drew Brees should be throwing the ball plenty in the NFC Championship game. The Vikings signed Favre to get their team in position to make the Super Bowl. This should be an exciting game in New Orleans.

• One of the biggest surprises in college basketball is Virginia. The Cavaliers have won seven in a row for new coach Tony Bennett. Virginia is undefeated in ACC play and Bennett is getting the last laugh, baby! There were some critics who questioned the hiring of Bennett. What are those people saying now?

• It was another wild weekend of hoops. Texas and Kentucky struggled to remain unbeaten. Purdue lost its third straight game, falling at Northwestern. That is a quality win for Bill Carmody's team as the Wildcats are trying to make the big dance for the first time.

• Back in 1976, Rutgers, led by Phil Sellers and Mike Dabney, went to the Final Four. Dabney's daughter is star Maya Moore of No. 1 UConn! Dabney was a star at Rutgers as part of a class that Dick Lloyd and I were proud of! It was great seeing Dabney on Saturday night at Gampel Pavilion!

• What a sad day in life of ex-Memphis star Shawne Williams. He was waived by the Nets and also indicted on drug charges. Watching him with the Tigers in college, he had lots of potential. This is sad, sad, sad!

• I am really excited to be calling an NBA game this week. I am looking forward to being in San Antonio to see the Jazz and Spurs hook up. It will be great to see the likes of Tim Duncan and Carlos Boozer in action, guys whose games I called when they were in the collegiate ranks.

• It was another wild weekend of hoops. Texas and Kentucky struggled to remain unbeaten. Purdue lost its third straight game, falling at Northwestern. That is a quality win for Bill Carmody's team as the Wildcats are trying to make the big dance for the first time.

• Back in 1976, Rutgers, led by Phil Sellers and Mike Dabney, went to the Final Four. Dabney's daughter is star Maya Moore of No. 1 UConn! Dabney was a star at Rutgers as part of a class that Dick Lloyd and I were proud of! It was great seeing Dabney on Saturday night at Gampel Pavilion!

• What a sad day in life of ex-Memphis star Shawne Williams. He was waived by the Nets and also indicted on drug charges. Watching him with the Tigers in college, he had lots of potential. This is sad, sad, sad!

• I am really excited to be calling an NBA game this week. I am looking forward to being in San Antonio to see the Jazz and Spurs hook up. It will be great to see the likes of Tim Duncan and Carlos Boozer in action, guys whose games I called when they were in the collegiate ranks.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.