TGIF, ‘Nova Nation! Nicole Auerbach of USA TODAY has been doing a fantastic job this week, unleashing a bevy of articles covering all sorts of angles from Villanova preseason camp.
Below, she makes a case - which Kris Jenkins agrees with - that having the title now puts him into the conversation of the best coaches in the game. The only counterpoint I have is that a guy like Sean Miller is absolutely in that conversation, despite never having made the Final Four.
And now, the "news."
Six months later, NCAA title still sweet for Villanova and Big East | USA TODAY
Jay Wright and the Wildcats got the monkey off their backs, and they boosted the league.
DeSilva next man up at QB for Villanova | DelcoTimes
And so with Bednarczyk questionable for Saturday’s homecoming showdown with Albany because of a concussion he suffered in last week’s 23-0 loss to Richmond, DaSilva is the next man up at QB for the 16th-ranked Wildcats (5-2 overall, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association). He has to be ready to be the starter if Bednarczyk is not cleared to play and DaSilva won’t know that until Friday at the earliest and Saturday at the latest.
'Nova's new facility the house that Talley built | Philly.com
It's the gift that promises to keep on giving, and go down as maybe the biggest part of Andy Talley's legacy on the Main Line.
Nova's $18M Football Facility Reflects Coach's Legacy | Athletic Business
The state-of-the-art facility, which cost $18 million (more than half of which came from an anonymous donor), will be the program's new home base. But it will be so much more, for the entire athletic department.
Projecting win totals for every Big East team: Xavier will be on Nova's heels | CBSSports.com
Bank on mid-20 wins for each and very possibly a deep March run.
Sporting old and new talent, Duke voted No. 1 in preseason coaches poll | USA Today
"Duke has the perfect balance of one-and-done guys and All-Americans," Jay Wright said.
2016 NCAA Title Banner to be Unveiled at Wells Fargo Center | Villanova.com
The Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats - Banners honoring Villanova's 1985 and 2016 NCAA Championships will be unveiled on Saturday, Nov. 5 prior to the Wildcats' exhibition game against Indiana U. (Pa.). Admission is free.
Val Ackerman wins 2016 Billie Jean King Contribution Award | Women's Sports Foundation
From being a dominant player on the parquet court at the University of Virginia to now overseeing one of the nation’s preeminent intercollegiate athletic conferences, Val Ackerman truly has risen to the pinnacle at every level of sports. A natural leader who exemplifies the perfect balance of business savvy and sports innovation, Ackerman remains a steadfast champion for women’s sports.