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Roundball chatter

Updated: June 27, 2011, 1:49 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:

• Congratulations to Kentucky head coach John Calipari on his new contract extension. The new deal will keep him coaching the Wildcats through 2019. Kentucky added two years to Calipari's current contract and reworked the compensation so that he is guaranteed $3.8 million for the next eight seasons. My friends, in a way that is a bargain! Look at what he has done already in Lexington, getting "Big Blue" to the Final Four last season. Look for Kentucky to be a legit contender to make it again next season.

• New Arkansas coach Mike Anderson suffered a blow when top scorer Rotnei Clarke asked for and received permission to transfer. The junior guard averaged 15.2 points per game last season. He was the team's top three-point threat, making 91 of the team's 204 trifectas. How important was he from long range? Clarke hit 91 threes, the next player on the Arkansas list made 31! You may remember Clarke from his 51-point performance against Alcorn State back in November 2009.

• Another solid SEC performer who decided to leave was Auburn's Earnest Ross. He opted to transfer to Missouri, where he will sit out next season. Ross was Auburn's MVP last season, averaging over 13 points per game. The 6-5 guard also rebounds very well. Coach Frank Haith had to be thrilled with his addition.

• Congratulations to the city of Dayton. The NCAA tournament's opening round will stay in Dayton for at least the next two years. It feels like a good home for the opening round and has been for years.

• Boston University made a good call by hiring Joe Jones as its new coach. Jones gained head coaching experience at Columbia and most recently served as Associate Head Coach at Boston College for one season. Jones also served as an assistant at Villanova earlier in his career. His brother, James, is the head coach at Yale. Will we see the brothers coach against each other sometime down the line?

• The Demon Deacons made a solid move by adding former New York Knicks assistant and executive, Jeff Nix. He is Wake Forest's new director of basketball operations. How about a salute to coach Jeff Bzedlik on that decision.

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.