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

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Daily 'Nova links, today featuring Villanovans in the NFL, breakout Big East players, and Xavier extending Chris Mack.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! How about those New York Rangers! Or really, how about that stud in net, Henrik Lundqvist! Hockey is the best when things are going well.

And now, the "news."

Week in Review: A Look at Villanova Football Post-NFL Draft | The Bench Mob
Defensive Lineman Rakim Cox, Wide Receiver Joe Price, and Offensive Lineman Josh Bucci have captured the attention of some NFL teams and will have a chance to prove their worth. 

Five Big East Players Poised to Breakout Next Season | Big East Coast Bias
Last season, these five guys were overshadowed by other go-to players, but with those players now gone, 2014-15 will be their time to shine. Josh Hart, stand up.

Creighton’s Doug McDermott had his doubts about ‘Sports Illustrated’ cover idea | CollegeBasketballTalk
“They contacted me about it. And I was like, ‘Are you sure you want to do a remake of the greatest to play?’” he recalled, smiling. “They kind of laughed about it; they thought it’d be really cool."

Coach Mack given contract extension | Banners On The Parkway
A long contract becomes even longer and makes certain that Coach Mack stays at Xavier for the forseeable future (2019-20).

Football Program Hires Staff Additions | Ball State Athletics
Ball State fourth-year head football coach Pete Lembo has added Nick Kray to his staff as director of football operations and player development. Kray was previously an offensive and special teams assistant at Villanova in 2010 and 2011.

For Mark Turgeon and Maryland basketball, offseason has extended cycle of attrition | The Washington Post
Three years later, Turgeon has little to show for his time at Maryland. The Terrapins have missed the NCAA tournament field the past four seasons, their longest drought since 1989-93.

St. John’s recruit Keith Thomas leaves stormy past behind | New York Post
Keith Thomas’ journey to St. John’s included more stops than starts. Prior to last season, Thomas played one impactful season of organized basketball, for Yorktown High School back in 2008-09, drawing Division I interest.