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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for December 10, 2013

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring Jay's refusal to recruit height, the Irish pipeline, and eating pizza alone after losing.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! So things got pretty crazy yesterday, what with the news that we're officially back in the Top 10 of the poll that actually matters in college hoops. That and NovaDave getting crazy with his latest realignment proposal - and I mean crazy in a good way. When you have seven days off in between games, you need things to talk about, and you, my friend, delivered the goods.

And now, the "news."

Villanova has arrived ahead of schedule | FOX Sports on MSN
The best nugget in here from Jay Wright - "We don't look at height in recruiting." So yeah, maybe we can just all drop the #weneedabigman campaign now. Jay doesn't care. He just wants ballers.

American dream and scholarship trail seems to have run its course | The Irish Times
It seemed the answer to all Irish athletes’ ills but for many it turned sour. Is the Irish running pipeline bound to dry up for Villanova, and other American universities? A very interesting read.

Butler reputation grows on basketball success |
Our old pal Jimmy Danko is doing big things for Butler - and using their basketball success as the springboard. It's a dilemma that Villanova will face as they look to build from a regional school to a national one. What's our brand?

Former EIU assistant Roc Bellantoni rooting for Panthers |
Two years after being Eastern Illinois’ defensive coordinator, Roc Bellantoni is still praising the Panthers’ opponent of the week. Oh, and apparently Towson ranks 117th out of 112 teams in turnovers. That's just behind Tinkerbell, Humpty Dumpty, and Tinkerbell.

Wildcat Women Take Fifth at Big Al Open | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
And they were missing their top 5 members, who were all competing at the AT&T Winter National Championships in Knoxville. So, I guess our swimming & diving team is pretty good? Can you tell it's a slow week yet?

'They better recognize!' - Clint Dempsey reacts to World Cup draw, 'Group of Death' |
There's a reason that all Americans love Clint Dempsey, and this pretty much sums it up. This American will bow to nobody.

Sad Vehicle Meals, or, dining on a plate with a horn -
Following Ohio State's loss this weekend, coach Urban Meyer resorted to eating a dinner of pizza while sitting in a golf cart. It was a sad spectacle, but he is not alone. Here, we share stories of the most pitiful meals we've ever had in a vehicle.