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It is a little quiet this time of year in the world of college basketball. There are some things happening like rules changes that will end players calling time-out while leaping in the air. The SEC and Big East will have a challenge. There are recruiting tidbits here and there as well.

Quietly happening down in Kansas City is the formation of a college basketball Hall of Fame. Jim Haney and the NABC are doing a phenomenal job. Haney has a great passion and love for college basketball, represents the coaches in a quality way. He is excited about the College Basketball Experience and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame opening in Kansas City at the Sprint Center in a year . That will feature the Hall of Fame honoring those that have made major contributions to the sport. It is scheduled to open in October of 2007.

Part of it will feature big-time coaches talking on video about their inspirations that motivated them to greatness. Guys like Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Calhoun, Jim Boeheim, Tubby Smith, Roy Williams and on and on will be featured.

I was excited myself because Jim asked me to participate as well. For me, inspiration started with my mom and dad, and then my high school coach, Ken Senofsky. I used to watch him walk down the hall and see the admiration and respect they had for him as a leader. I wanted to emulate him at East Rutherford HS in New Jersey and later got the opportunity, coaching the basketball team.

I recently saw artist's drawings of the Hall and it will be special, a great place for fans to visit.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979. Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.