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Roundball chatter

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

• I was sorry to see Michigan State's Delvon Roe end his career due to degenerative knee problems. College sports would be a lot better if there were more student-athletes like Roe. It is sad to think about the knee problems which have ended his hoops career. He helped Tom Izzo's team make a pair of Final Fours. The Spartans will miss his leadership and experience. I am still looking forward to seeing Michigan State and North Carolina playing on an aircraft carrier on 11-11-11 though I am sorry Roe will not be playing.

• Larry Eustachy has done a nice job at Southern Mississippi and the former Iowa State coach has been rewarded for his efforts. Eustachy was given a new three-year contract to remain in Hattiesburg. After going 21-38 in his first two seasons with the Golden Eagles, he has built a nice program that is competitive in Conference USA.

• The Atlantic 10 made a great decision by moving its tournament to the new Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. It has formed a five-year partnership with the Barclays Center to bring the men's basketball tournament to Brooklyn and the new arena, beginning in 2013. It will provide good exposure to be in the Big Apple, baby!

• You would have thought basketball fans in Big Blue Nation would be thrilled with the news that the twin sons of former Oklahoma and NBA star Mookie Blaylock are going to play college ball in Lexington! Well my friends, they are going to be Wildcats, but they are playing football, baby!

• Basketball fans should appreciate an unbelievable clinic this week. My buddy Howard Garfinkel of Five-Star fame has an event featuring five outstanding coaches at Iona College on Friday, October 7 at 9 a.m. ET. Notre Dame's Mike Brey, Michigan's John Beilein, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Rutgers' Mike Rice and St. John's women's coach Kim Barnes Arico will be involved. For more info, call Super Garf at (212)-246-3063.