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Morning Cup O' Mud: West Virginia-Louisville Duke It Out, We All Wait

While Louisville and West Virginia play out the 2011 version of Hatfield's-McCoy's over who gets to leave the dying Big East and head to the Big 12, the rest of us sit here and wait the outcome. We know somebody is leaving (hell, maybe both will leave). It makes me sick.

I don't have much else to say on it right now. But I am beginning to wonder how more more of this the basketball schools will put up with.

Have Big East Basketball Schools Had ENOUGH?
Georgetown is a college basketball program with a national title — and national aspirations. Ewing, Mourning, Iverson. You know the names. Ditto for Villanova. And Marquette, too. The basketball-only schools in the Big East aren’t chumps — and that’s a major reason the league has such a strong basketball pedigree. But basketball is irrelevant these days, in case you haven’t heard. Football is king, queen, bishop and rook. At some point, I figured that the basketball schools in the Big East would have enough of the current nonsense and decide to form their own five-star basketball league.

Villanova basketball regenerating, not regressing
The Big East basketball media day was raging, and as usual, Jay Wright was surrounded. He was surrounded by the press, for Villanova endures as a popular brand. But more, he was surrounded by issues, odd issues, issues that a basketball coach really doesn't need at the close of October.

Big East Expansion: Temple, Villanova's Status Murky In Latest Proposals
The Big East is contemplating major changes, and Temple and Villanova's roles in the developments are currently murky. West Virginia could be jumping to the Big 12 to replace Missouri, leaving the Big East with more big shoes to fill after previous departure plans from Syracuse and Pittsburgh. The Big East is down to five FBS teams and will have to scramble to maintain automatic qualification (AQ) status in the BCS.

Haverford School Welcomes Nearly 7-Foot Tall Chinese Basketball Player
Everyone looks up when they first see him. Tao Xu (pronounced Towel Zoo) is tough to miss. He’s 6-foot-11, 264 pounds and towers over everything and everyone he’s around. And he’s only 18 years old. Xu is the newest student at Haverford School - right down the road from Villanova.

Services have been set for Villanova grad Lauryn Ossola
Services have been set in Southington, Conn., for Lauryn E. Ossola, the 23-year-old Villanova University graduate who was fatally injured when she was hit by a car as she crossed Lancaster Avenue near Thomas Avenue in Bryn Mawr on Saturday, Oct. 22.

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