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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for April 20, 2015


It's Patriots Day in Boston.

Are you running in the Boston Marathon? Watching it? Well, if you need someone to support & follow, everyone's VU Hoops' favorite commenter BossHoggHazzard is running 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boylston St. today. He "aims to lead wire-to-wire to take down the World Record and hoist the cup. To him, the Boston Marathon is merely a #SpeedBump."

His Running Kit for Monday is today's lead photo.

And now, not the news...

Behind The Photo That Changed The Boston Marathon Forever
Everyone knows someone who’s run the marathon. Today’s big-city races—in places like Boston, New York, Berlin, and London—draw Olympic hopefuls competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars and hordes of weekend warriors raising money for their favorite charities or just hoping to check off “complete a marathon” on their bucket lists. Marathoning has birthed an industry of energy supplements and performance gear, training manuals and glossy magazines, corporate sponsorships and fitness expos. And nearly half of marathon entrants are women.

Avery Johnson hires Alabama associate head coach from the Big East |
Bob Simon, an assistant at Providence, will join Johnson as the Crimson Tide's associate head coach, confirmed. He joins Antoine Pettway on Johnson's staff that they're shooting to complete this week.

Alabama's Avery Johnson hires Providence assistant Bob SImon : CollegeBasketball

WLAX: Vanderbilt 10, Villanova 12 |
Still weird to see Vanderbilt (and Florida) in the Big East for Women's Lacrosse.

Why aren't Xavier and OSU playing in the Big East-Big Ten Challenge? - Banners On The Parkway
Sharing this one because everyone is apparently pissed about the Gavitt Tip-Off match-ups. It's not just Villanova.

12 Pictures of Bob Diaco to Get Excited for UConn Football - The UConn Blog
"By the time you manage to tear your eyes away from this magnificent profile, we'll already be down a touchdown to Villanova in the opener. (I kid. We'll be down at least two scores.)" Well, at least they know what to expect!

List of four Pittsburgh athletic director candidates could offer clues to Syracuse search |
Syracuse and Pittsburgh are using the same search firm, which could mean that Vince Nicastro would get a look from the Orange as well.

Four graduate transfer targets for Jackets | Georgia Tech Sports blog
Villanova guard Dylan Ennis, Providence forward Tyler Harris, Alabama guard Ricky Tarrant and Coppin State guard Sterling Smith have all been linked to Tech. Smith, in fact, is reportedly making a visit to Tech Friday.

Former College Basketball Star Overcomes Obstacles Off The Court | FOX 29 News Philadelphia
Ed found this story about Villanova alumn, Tony Chennault, chronicling his hardships off the court and his Oldhead production company.