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

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring Mark Emmert's "process," John Robertson's development and a potential early start to the basketball season.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! Big day today as Darryl Reynolds is set to announce where he will be attending college next season. Reynolds is down to Villanova, South Carolina and Utah. Conflicting reports in the thread about where we stand with Reynolds, but I personally like the vibe of him announcing in Lower Merion. He can't spurn the hometown team, can he?

On to the links!

Big East may feel chill from the NBA Draft - Providence Journal
I actually don't totally buy this. I think next year's new Big East is going to be exciting and unique and where are we going to find star players? Players emerge every year. Maybe you don't produce multiple lottery picks every season, but we'll be fine.

Mark Emmert, NCAA process angering nation's athletic directors -
The nation's athletic directors fed up with being shut out of decision-making process by Mark Emmert. There is a decision making process within the NCAA? Total mind blow.

Is next college sports realignment a split from NCAA? - USA TODAY
College football's most powerful entities will assemble in Pasadena, Calif., this week for meetings that will determine several aspects of the new playoff system that begins in 2014. It will be a celebration of progress and riches for the schools involved and a validation of the bowl industry, which kept its seat at the table despite heavy criticism in recent years.

Villanova cultivates winners -
John Robertson tweaked his hammy early in spring camp - why that might be a good thing for Villanova in 2013 and what Andy Talley has done to develop team chemistry.

Midnight Madness may start earlier -
Midnight Madness could start in late-September or early-October this year if a rule change regarding practice time is approved. Sign me up!

Men's Lax - Rice, LoCascio Named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Senior Jack Rice (Baltimore, Md.) and junior John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) have been named to the BIG EAST Weekly honor roll for their performances against Notre Dame this past Saturday.

Women's Water Polo - Shibata Earns Rookie of the Week Honors - Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Freshman water polo standout Sarina Shibata (Honolulu, Hawaii) has been named the MAAC Rookie of the Week for her play in four matches on April 13-14. In the four contests, Shibata registered nine goals, five assists, seven steals and four ejections drawn.

Devon Bridges hopes to beat the odds again - Washington Post
Former Villanova LB Devon Bridges proved colleges wrong after Villanova took a shot on him, and now he's looking to catch on in the NFL with whoever will give him a shot.