Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! The Thursday night loss allowed me to put that game behind me and enjoy the weekend, and now we're on a bye week for football so it's going to be a little slower around here this week than usual.
Big East expansion was again a topic of conversation late last week and in to the weekend. Val has matter-of-factly said no to expansion when asked in the last year, but more members will equal more money, so it's always something to consider.
And now, the "news."
Should the Big East Add Dayton and St. Louis? | Today's U
As Vecenie pointed out the league would need to stay a non-football league, which takes away Connecticut and Temple (not to mention Villanova would likely veto Temple joining) as possible members. So, with no real jump in league revenue from the television deal, it would look to add teams that bring value on the court and in the classroom.
Darrun Hilliard back in the Lehigh Valley for a youth basketball event | The Morning Call
Former Liberty and Villanova basketball star Darrun Hilliard was back in the Lehigh Valley for a good cause over the weekend.
Roland Massimino carrying on the family tradition at Kansas State | Golfweek
Kansas State college golfer Roland Massimino is the grandson of former Villanova head men's basketball coach Rollie Massimino, who along with his son helped the Wildcats to the 1985 NCAA title.
Pope Francis Visits Saint Joseph's University: First for U.S. Jesuit Institutiob | POPEFRANCIS.AJCUNET.EDU
We see how it is, Pope Francis...
Big Ten, big stage and big problems for Rutgers | Salon.com
The party in Piscataway did not last long. Early in 2013 basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for being abusive to players and athletic director Tim Pernetti, who was pivotal in getting Rutgers into the Big Ten, was fired for not firing Rice soon enough. Julie Hermann was hired to replace Pernetti, but came with baggage. As a volleyball coach, some of her players had accused her of being abusive.
In Gavin Class' case against Towson, both sides have noble motives at heart | Baltimore Sun
Gavin Class is the Towson football player who nearly died after suffering massive internal damage from heat stroke and is now suing to force the university to let him make a storybook return to the Tigers roster.
Car runs through papal police barricade near campus, suspect tased | The Daily Pennsylvanian
The suspect was tased when he allegedly grabbed an officer's uniform.
Virginia Tech Punter Makes Save Of The Year | Deadspin
This is an astounding play. Virginia Tech punter A.J. Hughes watches the snap fly far over his head into the end zone, and he manages to not only recover the ball but get a clean punt off that traveled 60 yards on the fly. It kept the Hokies within a touchdown of ECU, and left ESPN’s Mark Neely grasping for words.