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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for October 23, 2014

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Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! Please make sure you check in to our Big East Media Day coverage hub - Tyler provided some great live onsite reporting and recapped it with a couple of nice articles.

Also, Brian apparently defied the odds and found a Morgan State blogger. Damn you and congratulations at the same time, Ewart!

And now, the "news."

Villanova unanimous choice to win Big East title | USA TODAY
Villanova coach Jay Wright is happy to just be talking about basketball this year and not conference realignment.

Villanova picked No. 1 in Big East men's basketball preseason poll |
By now, we've all been subjected to a year's worth of harrumphing about how the Big East isn't what it used to be. It's true. No one disputes it at this point.

Who Is The Best Coach In The Big East?
In the past the Big East has had several legendary coaches and while there are no coaches currently at level, there are several very good coaches in league.

Is it counter-productive to not host a "Madness" event? | Big East Coast Bias
Nine of ten Big East schools host them, Butler does not. Is that bad?

Can Jay Wright, Villanova Win A National Title? | Fansided
Jay Wright has Villanova Wildcats ready to make a NCAA championship run? Two seniors lead the way for the leader of the Big East.

Versatile Darby Goodwin of Florida Makes Verbal Commitment to Villanova |
Darby Goodwin, an All-American & Academic All-American from The Pine School & Saint Andrew’s Swimming, has verbally committed to swim at Villanova University.

Ohio will be happy it called Saul Phillips | FOX Sports
Phillips, who already had two children with his wife, Nicole, had a vasectomy scheduled for later that month. Problem was, the team Phillips was coaching, the North Dakota State Bison, was in the final of the Summit League tournament. Win that game and Phillips would be the first head coach in nearly 40 years to take a team to the NCAA tournament in its first year of Division I eligibility. But that would mean rescheduling his vasectomy, which he’d had the folly of scheduling during the first week of the NCAA tournament... Less than a year later, the Phillips family welcomed their third child.

Texas IS NOT Paying Each Athlete $10,000, But AD Steve Patterson Said They Might if UT Loses in Court | The Big Lead
Texas can swing it, but what about other schools?

Video: Mountain Brook High School football team does single-file huddle - MaxPreps
Mountain Brook (Ala.) has nation's most unique huddle, or perhaps, pre-snap formation. My lord... When is someone going to try this in college?