ON FRIDAY NIGHT, as Dick Vitale likes to say, Sarasota will become the toast of the sports world, as ESPN’s voice of college basketball hosts his seventh annual Gala at the Ritz-Carlton to benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research..
Celebrities will be all over the place, from John Calipari and Greg Schiano to Ricky Watters and Gary Sheffield. This year’s three honorees are Lou Holtz, Gary Williams and, well, some other guy.
“Yeah, right,” said Villanova coach Jay Wright. “And me.
“I guarantee you I’ll be the first speaker, not the last.”
But one of them nonetheless.
“It’s a great honor,” he said. “I think it’s mostly for my involvement with the foundation, playing in their tournament and working with Dick in this event. I’ve been an attendee every year.