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Morning Cup O' Mud: Can We Get Excited About Women's Cross Country?

After last night's news that Missouri is pretty much winking at the SEC, I've got a pretty bleak outlook today. Our leadership seemingly doesn't want FBS football to ever happen (cause it should be done by now), and despite the Big East falling apart at the seams (which hurts our basketball program immensely - our only viable sport), we may still not get an invite for football with names like SMU being tossed around now.

So get used to getting excited about women's cross country people! Take solace in the fact that we have the best program in the country.

(Just kidding, you're all welcome to go root for other schools)

Wildcats Ranked No. 1 in New National Poll | Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats
The latest national poll was released today by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and Villanova has ascended four spots to No. 1 in this week's poll. There are three BIG EAST squads ranked in the top five and six conference teams in the top 30.

Sheila Reid Honored at Halftime of Wildcats Football Game | Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats
Senior student-athlete Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) of the women's cross country and track & field teams was recognized at halftime of last Saturday's football game against William & Mary, where she was presented with the Honda Sports Award for track & field that she won for her efforts during the 2011 indoor and outdoor track seasons. On hand to present her with the award was Tom Peyton from American Honda.

Bogdana Mimic Named Female Cross Country Athlete of the Week | Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats
Senior Bogdana Mimic (Pancevo, Serbia) has been named the BIG EAST Female Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the period of September 26-October 2, the conference announced today. In her first race of the season Mimic was the individual champion of the Women's Gold race at the Paul Short Run last Friday morning.

Wildcats Honored at Halftime of Football Game for Academic Success | Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats
During halftime of last Saturday's football game against William & Mary the men's cross country team was recognized on the field for winning the Nnenna Lynch Award for the 2010-11 academic year. The award is given out by the Athletic Department each year to the team with the highest composite grade point average.

Maroon Named to Honor Roll for Fourth Consecutive Week | Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats
Senior Kim Maroon has been named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll for a fourth consecutive week, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon.

Goelz Honored Second Straight Week by BIG EAST | Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats
Senior goalie Megan Goelz (Yardley, Pa.) was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the second straight week as announced by the conference on Monday afternoon. It is Goelz' ninth career Honor Roll appearance as the Wildcat goal keeper. It is also the fifth straight week that a Wildcat has been named to the Weekly Honor Roll. Thus far this season freshman Leah High has been named to one, freshman Jessica Swoboda has been named to three, and this is Goelz' second appearance on the Honor Roll this season.

Patriots re-sign Ross Ventrone to the practice squad | WEEI.com
The Patriots announced Tuesday that safety Ross Ventrone has been signed to the practice squad. Ventrone, 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster prior to the Buffalo game and made his NFL debut against the Bills. The Villanova product was released from the 53-man roster last Saturday prior to the Oakland game.

Big East targets SMU and Central Florida for football expansion | NJ.com
The Big East is hoping to appease 2012 newcomer TCU by adding resurgent SMU as a travel partner and is also targeting Central Florida and at least one other school to get to 10 in football in its last-ditch scramble for survival, according to a published report.


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