Dick Vitale, award-winning, Hall of Fame analyst for ESPN, has completed his latest book: The Lost Season – A Look At What The 2020 National Championship Could Have Been.
The book was co-authored with legendary journalist Dick “Hoops” Weis, and researched by Howie Schwab. The foreword was written by Florida State University coach, Leonard Hamilton.
The subject of The Lost Season is what happened during the 2019-2020 season, and what may have transpired had the 2020 NCAA Tournament had been played.
Anticipated release of The Lost Season is mid-July, 2020. The book will be available on www.dickvitale.com and www.amazon.com.
All proceeds from sales of The Lost Season will be donated to The V Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research.
Here is a synopsis of the book by Vitale:
“The end of the 2020 NCAA men’s basketball season was supposed to take place April 6 in Atlanta, Georgia. Over 80,000 fans were expected to attend the NCAA’s annual Final Four at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“Unfortunately, the massive outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic put a sudden end to the men’s and women’s tournaments almost a month earlier than expected. The NCAA had no other choice but to cancel March Madness. It was heartbreaking, but no game is more important than the health and safety of everyone involved, and this was one time when sports had to take a back seat to the concerns of public health. My heart goes out to all the players, coaches, and fans who dreamed about being part of this magical three-week experience, and never got the chance.
“The idea of this book came to me when I thought about the season that was, and the tournament that could have been, should have been, and would have been. What if the teams were selected, the brackets filled, and the tournament played? I went to the VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index), and came up with what I thought could have happened in the 2020 National Tournament.”