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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for February 2, 2015

Daily Villanova links.

Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! I thought about waiting to write this until the end of the Super Bowl, but I realized that no matter what the result is youngBUCK is in for what will probably stand as the biggest hangover of 2015 until the 'Cats cut down the nets in a couple of months.

And now, the "news."

Jay Wright carrying on winning tradition at Villanova |
At a school with as rich a basketball tradition as Villanova, it's difficult to differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack and become the "greatest coach in school history.

Denault Runs Fourth Career Sub-Four Mile at Penn State National |
Junior middle distance runner Rob Denault (Aurora, Ont.) registered the fourth sub-four minute mile of his career and produced a personal best time of 3:58.25 at the Penn State National on Saturday afternoon. He won the invitational section of the Mile at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track as Villanova wrapped up two highly successful days of competition.

Meet Rawle Alkins, New York’s next great basketball recruit | New York Post
"What separates [Alkins] from everybody else is he can score 12 points and be the best player on the floor," Arbitello said. "He rebounds and he defends. He can handle the ball. What college coaches are so impressed about is the way he plays with the team. I have six other guys who have Division I offers and he still manages to get his numbers. He affects the game, always. That’s what impresses college coaches the most."

Coaches go inside the art of negative recruiting | ESPN
Negative recruiting is a fact of life in college football (and basketball). No matter what, every team does it at some point, and for some coaches, it has become an art form.

Is Notre Dame finally built for success in March? |
The Fighting Irish are unlikely to turn their doubters into believers until they finally breakthrough in March, but Jerian Grant looks like the type of player that can put a team on his shoulders.

Mop Boy Needs To Get The Hell Out Of The Way | Deadspin
Buffalo's mop boy got caught up in the fast break during the Bulls' dismantling of Kent State. Mop faster!

Inside the studio where ESPN is betting billions on the future of sports | The Verge
ESPN’s long-stated mission is to meet sports fans wherever they are. And so the company is embarking on a sweeping mission to expand its dominion beyond cable TV to whatever comes next — even if it’s not sure what that will be.