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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Basketball is making strides

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Villanova’s fast start indicative of strides |
Villanova is 4-0 as it heads to Brooklyn for the conclusion of the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament at the Barclays Center, which is no surprise. It’s the third straight year and the ninth time in Villanova coach Jay Wright’s tenure.

Wildcats Look to Extend Efficient Ways in Brooklyn |
Ryan Arcidiacono has helped the No. 8 Wildcats get off to a 4-0 start. Villanova hopes to build on that success on Thanksgiving Day when it meets Stanford: (4:30 p.m./ESPN2 and 610 Sports Radio).

Villanova has plenty of talent on which to build |
Andy Talley has endured some tough seasons in his 31 years at Villanova, none more difficult that this year.

Patrick Tiernan Named Cross Country All-American For Third Straight Year |
Following his second place finish at the NCAA Championships over the weekend, junior Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) was officially named an All-American in an announcement made Monday evening by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is the third straight year that Tiernan has been a cross country All-American and he becomes just the third runner in school history to earn the honor three times.

SwimMac's Nick Spina opts to swim for Villanova | SwimSwam
"Villanova provides the mixture of outstanding academics and great athletics that I was looking for. I am thrilled to swim for Villanova next year and cannot wait to become a Wildcat!"

Villanova's Donohue is honored |
Celebrating what the American Catholic Historical Society called significant contributions to the church, the community, and the professions, Villanova University president the Rev. Peter M. Donohue was presented Friday with the organization's annual Barry Award.

How Towson University Handled Its Locker Room Recording Scandal | Deadspin
Forty days after members of the Towson University women’s swimming and diving team discovered a phone recording them in their locker room, most details about the incident remain unknown to the public. But behind the scenes, the school was working feverishly—and not always entirely effectively—to discover the facts, contain the damage, and reassure the affected students.

Former Wildcat kicker Chris Gough is irreplacable for Rutgers |
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