The 2021-22 college basketball season is underway, but one of the sport’s icons has been missing. In October, Dick Vitale revealed that he had lymphoma, his second cancer diagnosis in a matter of months after having melanoma removed in August. Thursday, ESPN announced that Vitale will return to broadcasting next week.

Vitale is in the midst of a treatment plan that includes 6 months of chemotherapy. His doctor has given the green light to return to broadcasting.

“My family and I are absolutely jumping with joy,” Vitale said in a released statement. “Knowing I’ll be courtside with all my buddies and calling Number 1 versus 2, this is the best medicine I could ask for. To all of you, I simply say ‘thank you from the bottom of my heart’ for your prayers and messages, phone calls and texts.

“They gave me energy and lifted me up at a time that is not fun city – chemo for six months. To my ESPN family, starting with Jimmy Pitaro – I love you all. I’m so proud to start my 43rd year on Tuesday. Lastly, to the fans – you have given me a career that has exceeded any dream I’ve ever had.”

Vitale will begin his 43rd season with ESPN calling Tuesday’s showdown between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA in the Good Sam Empire Classic.