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Morning Cup O' Mud: Curtis Sumpter Makes The USA Pan-Am Team

I'm dedicating this morning's news roundup to one of my favorite Villanova Wildcats players - Curtis Sumpter. The first time I ever really sat down and watched him play was when Villanova upset then #1 Kansas in 2005. I was a high school senior and had decided to go to Villanova about a week earlier.

Sumpter was a beast in that game - tearing apart a Jayhawks team during a blizzard in Philadelphia. Injuries derailed him late in his career - but he's never stopped working to get his basketball career back on track, and it looks like it's finally paying off. Congrats Curt!

Curtis Sumpter Makes US Pan-Am Squad
It’s official, Villanova alumn Curtis Sumpter has been named to the US National Basketball Team for the upcoming Pan-Am Games.

Hoops Mania 2011 Presented by Advanced Staging Productions Set for Friday Night
The 2011-12 men's and women's basketball teams are set to make their first public appearances on Friday night at Hoops Mania 2011 presented by Advanced Staging Productions. This will be followed by the traditional Blue/White men's basketball scrimmage at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, also in the Pavilion.

Villanova Set to Host Connecticut and St. John's
The Villanova volleyball team us geared up to host Connecticut and St. John's for homecoming weekend. The Wildcats take on the Huskies on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and will face the Red Storm Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Nova's Wright discounts Temple reports
Jay Wright has heard the talk and read the Internet reports, which have painted Villanova as the school that kept Temple from joining the Big East in football. While it is true, according to several Big East sources, that Villanova voiced "concerns" about Temple joining the conference as an all-sports member, the school had no problem with Temple coming in for football.

Realignment has trickle down effect for 'Nova, Temple
Why doesn't Villanova want Temple in the Big East? Because, as Jay Wright explained, the conference needs to boost its football schools, not basketball.

Big East tries to make it tough to leave
If West Virginia, Louisville, Connecticut or Rutgers are going to leave the Big East, now’s the time to do it before the exit fee doubles. Big East commissioner John Marinatto confirmed Tuesday that the 14 league presidents voted unanimously Monday night to expand the conference in football to 12 teams and raise the exit fee from $5 million to $10 million.

Wildcats Head To Georgetown on Friday Afternoon at 2:30 PM
In the final regular season game Villanova (8-8-2, 4-6 BIG EAST) travels to Georgetown (13-5, 7-3 BIG EAST) with a chance to clinch a berth in the BIG EAST Championship which begins next week. Below are some of the top stories for the Wildcats entering Friday's game.

Men's Lacrosse Concludes Fall Scrimmages Saturday vs. Stony Brook, Siena
After the cancellation of the "Fall Brawl for a Cure" at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., the Villanova men's lacrosse team will head to Loyola University (Md.) this Saturday, Oct. 22nd for the conclusion of their fall scrimmages leading up to the 2012 season. Participating teams include Villanova, Loyola, Stony Brook and Siena.

Homecoming Football Game Against Old Dominion Kicks Off at 3:30 PM Saturday
One of the many events on tap for Homecoming Weekend is the football game on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., when Villanova (1-6, 0-4 CAA) takes No. 21 Old Dominion (5-2, 2-2 CAA) at Villanova Stadium.

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