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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for October 20, 2014

Daily Villanova links.

Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! What a win over the weekend, and the football team should get a nice easy week when Morgan State comes to town during Homecoming Weekend. If you will be on campus, I implore you to please make it out to the game on Saturday afternoon.

Being that it is Hoops Mania week, we should get plenty of recruiting updates about who will be attending, and we'll have full coverage of the event on Friday night.

And now, the "news."

Hart, Jenkins ready to step up for ‘Nova | City of Basketball Love
"The coaching staff here, they’ve done a great job in believing in me and pushing me to my limits and when I think I’m at my limits, pushing me a little bit more," Jenkins said. "To the point where I’m at a comfortable weight, comfortable body fat that allows me to move up and down the floor in a good pace and play at this high level for extended minutes."

Darrun Hilliard brings the veteran mentality to the Wildcats | City of Basketball Love
"I want him to be a complete player," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "A leader, go-to guy, I want everything from him. I want him to be one of our best defensive players, one of the best rebounders at the guard spot, go-to-guy offensively, and an emotional leader. I want everything and he’s capable of it all."

Playing a game at Palestra intrigues MSU coach Izzo | lansing state journal
"They all tell me I’ve got to get to the Palestra," Izzo said Thursday at Big Ten media day of the legendary arena in Philadelphia. "So I’ve got (Villanova coach) Jay (Wright), I’ve got my buddy at St. Joe’s (Phil Martelli). One of these years, I’m gonna be dumb enough to do it."

Pitman's Crispin walks on at Villanova | sjsportsdigest
Kellie Crispin was spotted by coaches playing in pick-up games during the off-season and turned down their offer to walk on, initially.

Jalen Brunson highlights from USA Basketball camp | Scout
Jalen Brunson is's top-ranked point guard in 2015. Here are highlights of Brunson at the USA Basketball Developmental Camp.

In the FCS Huddle: CAA may be too good for itself | The Sports Network
[T]oo much of a good thing can catch up to a top FCS conference. The Missouri Valley learned the hard way last season when only two of its teams qualified for the playoffs (although North Dakota State went on to capture its third straight national title). Too many possible playoff squads had their resumes collapse in November.

SLU adds experience with ex-Villanova guard : Sports
Ash Yacoubou will be eligible this season after transfer.

Syracuse officials to meet NCAA Committee on Infractions later this month | CollegeBasketballTalk
The NCAA's lengthy investigation of the program is approaching its conclusion, based upon Friday's development.

Barnes Arico: Big Ten feels ‘like the Big East of old’ | The Michigan Daily
"By the time I left (St. John’s), there were eight teams going to the NCAA tournament," Barnes Arico said. "(We had) teams winning the championship year in and year out and teams going far in the tournament. That’s how I see the Big Ten right now."

Drake Is Playing With The Kentucky Wildcats. Drake Sucks At Basketball.
Drake's newest favorite team is Kentucky, which, of course. He's working out with the Wildcats tonight at their midnight madness event, which, of course. It's being broadcast live on ESPN, which, of course. And Drake is terrible at basketball.

Former Trojan LenDale White says USC kicked him out of Coliseum | LA Times
It wouldn’t be a USC football game without drama. So former Trojans star running back LenDale White provided it.

Attitudes on hazing changing after Sayreville football hazing scandal |
Initiations are tough to eradicate, but coaches, experts seek ways to safely manage them