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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for October 23, 2013

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Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring JVP's return to action, a track legend getting honored, and John Calipari - King of Smug.

3 more days until Hoops Mania! We've got some good action in the music prediction arena, as we zero in on Friday night's musical guest. Hoops Mania ticket notifications went out to the students yesterday - are you going? Even if you aren't, fear not. You, me, and Bill Raftery can hang out on Friday night together with Fox Sports 1 coverage. I even bet all three of us will be enjoying an adult beverage.

Oh, and also, how about those Miami (FL) sanctions? Could the NCAA be a bigger joke? I'm beginning to think Talley and Wright are basically incentivized to cheat at this point.

And now, the "news.

'Nova's Pinkston describes his bout with MRSA |
Our favorite bruiser is confirmed to be back in game shape and ready to go for the season. And he's trying to get to 230 pounds by the season opener. He looked to be primed for a huge season after the scare.

Fall All-Access: Villanova |
Known nationally for their explosive offense, it looks like the 'Cats will rely on their defense this spring. There are interviews with senior John LoCascio and head coach Mike Corrado in there as well.

Track Teams to Unveil Jim Tuppeny Bench During Homecoming Football Game | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
At the Homecoming football game on Saturday the Villanova track & field teams will unveil a bench in Villanova Stadium dedicated to longtime coach Jim Tuppeny. The ceremony will take place at the end of the first quarter next to the Jumbo Elliott statue.

Marcus Smart on Andrew Wiggins: He needs to prove himself |
For the record, Smart is 100% right, and I'm a big believer in Wiggins' hype. Sorry Kansas fans. Crap, I probably just ensured that Wiggins drops a 20/10/10 line on us in The Bahamas.

Calipari and Izzo opt against subtlety at Midnight Madness events |
What I learned here - John Calipari somehow gained in arrogance after a season in which he missed the NCAA Tournament.

The march toward midnight: For a mid-major looking to break through, all Cinderellas are not created equal |
Longform! Print, and to the office with ye'! After lean years following the Larry Bird Era, Indiana State is looking for the same breakthrough moment so many other mid-major programs have experienced recently.