Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! If you're wondering about today's photo, it's from a reader of the site who attended the Pittsburgh games and made that banner for Darrun Hilliard and JayVaughn Pinkston. He was sitting behind the bench at the game, and then took it back to the hotel so the players could see it after their final game. It brought Mrs. Hilliard to tears knowing that her son meant so much to the fanbase.
Keep things in perspective - we all love this team and program and next year can't come soon enough!
And now, the "news."
Donte DiVincenzo deservedly wins a dunk contest
Radnor approves Villanova West End Zone | Main Line Media News
With very little discussion, the BOC approved Villanova University’s plans for a new West End Zone Building on the north side of Lancaster Avenue. A 10,773-square-foot Butler Annex Building will be torn down and replaced with the new 16,072-square-foot structure.
Insider: Butler has look of Big East contender in 2016 | IndyStar
Dunham, Jones will form nucleus of next season's team
Bobby Hurley of Buffalo Bulls front-runner for DePaul Blue Demons job | ESPN
Please God let this happen.
ACC could dominate NCAA Tournament, like '85 Big East | NY Daily News
No conference soared as high as the Big East did in 1985. The Beasts from the East dominated the NCAA Tournament field.
Despite UAB debacle, football a must-have for status-hungry schools | CBSsports
College football is a growth sport. The Football Bowl Subdivision roster (formerly Division I-A) has grown by nine to an all-time high of 129 in the last 10 years. Since 1999, the FBS membership is up 11 percent. Profit be damned. For [the 83 percent of FBS schools that lose money], an overall profit for the athletic department matters less than the residual benefits of sponsoring football. Ever hear of the Flutie Effect? The term has its own Wikipedia page. Forbes has taken on the subject.