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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for October 22, 2014

Daily Villanova links.

Huuuuuuump Daaaaaaaaay! Seriously, this is one of the best link mashups the staff and readers have ever put together. Especially the one about the Radnor BOC coming to blows. I'm also interested to see whether Brian was able to track down a Morgan State blogger for a Q&A. He's worked some magic so far this season but I think this might be the week that breaks the streak.

3 days until Hoops Mania - makes me wish I was back on campus even more than usual. Basketball season is just a few short days away from officially kicking off.

And now, the "news."

Villanova lineman overcame long odds |
Pat Williams grew up poor in Florida and was homeless for a time. But he persevered and has found a home at Villanova.

2 Radnor commissioners almost fist fight after board meeting | Main Line Media News
At what point do we erect a statue of Bill Spingler on campus?

Nearly 80, Massimino keeps on coaching |
Rollie Massimino will be back coaching at the Pavilion in a couple of weeks. Nine days after that - Nov. 13, to be precise - he will turn 80 years old.

Preseason Big East Roundtable | Daily Dose of Hoops
Chris spoke with Daily Dose of Hoops, along with some of your other favorite Big East bloggers to preview the upcoming season.

Big East preview: A big March is needed to raise the league's stature | The Dagger
From Yahoo Sports: Villanova is the most likely to make a deep NCAA tournament run but other contenders could emerge.

Big Pressure on the Big East; Preseason Poll & First-Team Picks |
Villanova is his pick to win it all, with Darrun Hilliard and JayVaughn Pinkston listed in his First Team. Hilliard was the pick for preseason PoY

Sizing up the Big East: our preseason honors
Villanova likely will be the unanimous No. 1 team in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll, which will be unveiled Wednesday morning as everyone convenes at Madison Square Garden for media day.

Morgan State, Villanova football take break from conference schedules for unusual midseason clash | Baltimore Sun
"You’d like to stay on schedule with your league games. … We really wanted to get a 12th game on the schedule, and we’re hoping that we can be a [Football Championship Subdivision] playoff team. They were available and we just thought what a great opponent to have on our schedule."

CAA Football Notebook: Maine gets a lift from its running game | The Portland Press Herald
THE JOHN ROBERTSON legend keeps growing at Villanova. The junior quarterback had both coaches raving after leading the No. 5 Wildcats to a 35-31 victory at William & Mary on Saturday.

Bears Head North For Non-Conference Tilt Versus #4 Villanova
The Morgan State Bears (4-3, 3-1 MEAC) hit the road for a non-conference matchup when it faces No. 4 Villanova (6-1, 4-0 CAA) on Saturday (Oct. 25) in Villanova, Pa. The Wildcats are coming off a 35-31 victory at William & Mary and is looking to remain among the Top 10 teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

College Basketball’s Top 13 Dunkers (VIDEOS) | CollegeBasketballTalk
These are the players to keep an eye on if you like seeing aerial acrobatics. No Villanovans, but some fun video clips.

Inaugural Keystone Cup quidditch tournament at Haverford College proves popular - Sports - Main Line Media News
Several hundred spectators came out to the Lower Featherbed Fields at Haverford College Saturday to watch the inaugural Keystone Cup, an interregional quidditch tournament that featured eight college teams. . . . QUIDDICH. Ugh.