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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for February 7, 2014

Daily Villanova Wildcats links, today featuring power conferences, surprise teams and impact football players.

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! The Seton Hall game WILL GO ON TONIGHT! But if you're looking for me in the gamethread, I will be tough to find. As mentioned, I'm traveling on the west coast and I have work commitments that fall during gametime. Also, it's my birthday, so following youngBUCK's cue, I will stay away from drunk blogging.

I know it hurts, but it's for the best.

And now, the "news."

The Big East was THE Power Conference |
One thing is becoming increasingly clear -- the Big East was not just a power conference. It was THE power conference.

The best of college basketball's surprise teams | ESPN
Dick Vitale lists his five top surprise teams of the 2013-14 college basketball season. Your Villanova Wildcats are rightfully on the list. Click through to see what Dickie V. has to say. Spoiler Alert: None of his catchphrases are used.

2014 College Preview: Big East |
Don't lie to me guys, you were BEGGING for Villanova baseball coverage. Check it off the list.

Nova lands FBS targets in 2014 class |
Talley thinks that Rasaan Stewart, Taurus Phillips, and Ricky Young have the best chance to be immediate impact players next season.

Temple living with conference woes |

The realignment music has stopped, and only one of the City Six schools appears to have landed in an uneasy place surrounded by water, with a ball and chain strapped to its ankles. That would be Temple.

Lawmaker: Rutgers' Big East deal should be public | Yahoo Sports

A New Jersey lawmaker is criticizing Rutgers University for not making public the terms of an agreement it struck over the fees it must pay for exiting the former Big East athletic conference. Rutgers officials revealed Tuesday that the university had reached a tentative deal with the new American Athletic Conference but the terms were not disclosed.