As I type this, I'm sitting on a flight from Atlanta to New York (see ya, Brian!) enjoying an ice-cold adult beverage. Life could be worse. You could be a maniac coach in New Jersey who is about to lose his job (and might find it very hard to work in basketball again).
On to the links!
Two Montclair men plead not guilty to charges connected to fatal shooting of Villanova student - NorthJersey.com
Yes, the same Jimmy Pitts who was a starting CB on last season's football team. Yes, he's charged with robbery and narcotics offenses, while another man involved was charged with murder of a Villanova student. Yikes.
Wilde’s Salomé next for Villanova Theatre - Delco News Network
Practice video shows Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice berated, pushed and used slurs against players - ESPN
Really the only downside here is that there's likely no way that Mike Rice keeps his job under such intense media scrutiny. Perhaps Pernetti feels some heat too over his apparent under-handling of the issue. Brian had a good suggestion though: Bobby Gonzalez for Rutgers!
Mike Rice Video Leaks and It Is Horrific - On the Banks
Yeah, so you know it's bad when the Rutgers fanbase is already distancing themselves from the coach. Hey Big Ten, have fun!
Rutgers president and AD need to go - ESPN New York
Ian O'Connor takes a hard-line stance to the Mike Rice situation: fire everyone. Fire Rice, fire athletic director Tim Pernetti, and can the University's president, Robert Barchi as well. How many heads should roll?
It looks like at least one of them will be fired today:
Two people with knowledge have informed me that Rutgers head coach Mike Rice has been called into a meeting with AD Tim Pernetti today.— Brendan Prunty (@BrendanPrunty) April 3, 2013
Bhullar named Macy Freshmen All-America Finalist - Las Cruces Sun-News
What the heck is the Macy Freshman All-American team? Whatever it is, Arch is up for it.
Skurla Places Second Overall; Paces Villanova to Third Place Team Finish at Wildcat Invitational - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
In the final day of the Wildcat Invitational at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Pa., the Villanova Wildcats finished tied for third and 13th place overall as the two teams competed against 13 other squads in Villanova's home event.
Yarou to Take Part in Reese's Division I All-Star Game in Atlanta - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Villanova forward Mouphtaou Yarou is headed to Atlanta as one of 22 seniors who will play in the Reese's Division I All-Star Game on Friday. Remember Greg Echenique? Yeah, he's there too.
Kentucky's record 6 McDonald's All-Americans help ease the sting of 2012-13 - SBNation.com
Side note: How far did y'all have Kentucky going in your brackets this year? In reality though, this class should be illegal. I wonder how the sophomores and juniors who weren't one-and-done guys feeling about riding the pine next season. No wonder Archie Goodwin bolted after saying he wasn't ready for the NBA.
Massimino and Raveling to be Inducted into Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
We covered Rollie's induction to The Hall in yesterday's Arizin post, but shame on me again, I forgot to include George Raveling. You know what, eff it. Shame on ChillCat for only linking me to Rollie!