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Vitale's offseason roundball chatter

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

• Congratulations to Tennessee coach Rick Barnes on a contract extension through 2023-24. His Vols shared the SEC regular-season title and finished with 26 wins last season.

• Old Dominion coach Jeff Jones is a great guy who is in the toughest battle of his life. He is fighting a recurrence of prostate cancer. Jones has always been a fighter, from his days in the backcourt as a player at Virginia, to now. Keep Jeff in your prayers.

• So sad to hear of the passing of broadcaster Mike Hogewood. He was a terrific person. RIP, Mike.

• Former Wake Forest star Justin Gray was hired by the school as Director of Basketball Development. Gray joins the staff after recently retiring as a player following a 12-year professional career overseas.

• Central Michigan coach Keno Davis suffered a blow when assistant coach Kevin Gamble, a former NBA player, left his coaching staff. Gamble took a job scouting for the Toronto Raptors.