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The Sun's Arizin: The Big East's NYE doubleheader will be awesome

The Big East has it figured out.

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Huuuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaay! Writing this last night and reviewing some of our Xavier preview content, I really thought that the game was today. Damn! So close I can taste it! Anyways, it's good to see the media coverage of the Big East's delightful doubleheader showing up just about everywhere. There's a lot of disadvantages to the conference, but they do a really nice job of planning out the kickoff to their season.

The NYE marathon from the past few years was ambitious and perhaps over the top, and downsizing it this year feels just about right. They aren't competing with the CFB Playoff - a suicide mission for sure - and although they maybe got a tad lucky with how good these 4 teams turned out to be, there's no doubt they purposely scheduled what were clearly 4 of the top 5 teams in the conference against each other.

Love it when a solid move pays off!

And now, the "news."

Big East doubleheader on New Year's Eve will get your day started right |
The Big East is one of just two conferences that currently has four schools ranked in the top 16 of the AP poll. And those four schools will play each other early Thursday, which will put the league on a big stage on New Year's Eve.

Xavier faces Big East favorite Villanova on NYE |
Musketeers seek program-first conference defeat of Wildcats as they look to assert themselves at the top of the Big East heading in to 2016.

Villanova grad Darrun Hilliard enjoying NBA life | The Morning Call
During his return home, Hilliard and his mother, Charlene Jenkins, spent part of their Christmas Day talking about what they were thankful for. Their conversation turned to basketball — specifically Hilliard's path from a boy in Bethlehem to his time at Liberty High School and Villanova University to the NBA.

The numbers that matter in the Big East | ESPN ($)
John Gasaway still likes Villanova for the three-peat this year, and agrees that they'll be a scary offensive team come tournament time.

Eagles fire head coach Chip Kelly in midst of losing season |
The Eagles were eliminated from the playoffs after going 6-9 in Chip Kelly's third season. Kelly reportedly refused to give up control of personnel decisions, per SalPal over at ESPN.

Down to the Wire |
#Longform alert! In a season overshadowed by violence, Frederick Douglass's talented high school football team battles on.