Morning Cup O' Mud: Basketball Season Is Nearing

I just want Hank Williams Jr. to scream out ARE YOU READY FOR SOME BAAAAAASSSSSSKETBBAAAAAAAALLLLLL in every worst way. I hear he's available. Unfortunately, after this nice story about JayVaughn Pinkston, it's pretty much all news about our 1-7 football team. I'm sorry, I really am.

Pinkson happy to back in Villanova fold
JayVaughn Pinkston is nearing the end of a yearlong wait to officially begin his career as a Villanova basketball player. And considering the excitement he is feeling with opening day of the regular season being two weeks away, he's thankful he waited.

Villanova looking to get back into win column
The football office at Villanova was teeming with activity Wednesday afternoon. The offensive coaches met in one of the two conference rooms to go over that day’s itinerary before heading off to team meetings and then practice. Defensive coordinator Mark Reardon took time out of his busy schedule for a cup of coffee before going back to work.

UMaine football travels to Villanova, looks to extend win-streak to 6
After an exciting come-from-behind victory at the University of Richmond last weekend, University of Maine football is primed to take their 6-1 record to 1-7 Villanova University on Saturday.

Struggling Villanova will likely start freshman QB against Maine
Dustin Thomas has struggled this season, and on Wednesday head coach Andy Talley told reporters he wasn't quite sure why. After being handed the job before the season, Thomas, a redshirt freshman, has lost out to a true freshman. Talley said he will most likely turn to Chris Polony this week against Maine.

Villanova Takes on No. 6 Syracuse in BIG EAST Preview
Villanova (7-9, 3-2) will go into the final BIG EAST game of the regular season against No. 6 Syracuse (14-3, 4-1) having already clinched a spot in the BIG EAST conference tournament next weekend. Strangely, the Wildcats are already guaranteed to face the Orange again next Friday afternoon in Syracuse at the annual conference tournament.

Mergen, Petkovich and Maroon Reach Milestones
2011 has been memorable so far for the Villanova volleyball team. Seniors Kim Maroon and Maggie Mergen and redshirt junior Morgan Petkovich all reached career milestones this season and the squad celebrated their success last weekend in the home match against Connecticut.

Head Coach Joanie Milhous Talks About Upcoming BIG EAST Tournament
Head Coach Joanie Milhous talks about the Villanova field hockey team as it heads into the last weekend of the regular season and prepares for postseason play at the BIG EAST tournament.

Coach Patrick Chambers set to begin Penn State tenure with upbeat attitude, revamped roster
Patrick Chambers donned eye black and a white No. 24 football jersey before leading an anxious student section outside Beaver Stadium to the signature Happy Valley cheer of "We Are ... Penn State!"


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