Huuuuuuuump Daaaaaaay! With some fresh intel on the Pavilion yesterday, we learned that there is no finalized timeline for the renovation. I still believe the goal is to begin after this season, but Jay Wright's comment suggested that might change.
And that's probably the right call. As Mike Jensen details in his opinion piece below, Villanova needs to do this right. They can't afford to rush and muck it up, because they probably won't do it again for a while. So taking their time, however frustrating that might be, is worth it in the long run.
And now, the "news."
Villanova seeks to upgrade its basketball arena | Philly.com
Here's the highest architectural praise you can give the Pavilion: It's not the worst Division I arena in or around Philly. (Congratulations, Tom Gola Arena.)
Villanova faces season on the road during gym renovations | AP
Villanova will soon have to pack its national championship banners and raise them in another gym during a season-long road trip. The outdated Pavilion is undergoing a needed face lift, soon.
Wright's summer of fun includes White House, ESPYs, Spain | AP
The White House. Wall Street. The ESPYs. The ticker tape parade. The Philadelphia professional sports teams feted the Wildcats with first pitch, first puck, first tip fun. Wright delivered a pep talk to the Eagles. Basketball and Basilica in Spain. What's the next chapter? Read all about it in Wright's upcoming book, "Attitude."
Andy Talley Previews Sixth Week on CAA Football Teleconference Call | Villanova.com
The Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats - During the sixth weekly CAA Football teleconference of the season on Monday, Villanova head coach Andy Talley gave his thoughts on the Wildcats conference road win at Elon and how the team is preparing to play Rhode Island at home this weekend.
Xavier basketball is finally getting the national respect it deserves | SBNation.com
The Musketeers are the No. 15 team in our top 25 countdown.
Evaluating new rules, 30-second clock in college hoops | SI.com
From the 30-second shot clock to changes in refereeing, college basketball improved dramatically in 2015–16, and that trend should continue this seaso
Ratings methodology update | The kenpom.com blog
The main benefit of the change is that the team rating means something that is more easily understood by humans. The problem with the “Pythagorean winning percentage” was (a) it was a mouthful, and (b) you can’t easily compare the relative strengths of teams.
The Classiest Shed In University City | Hidden City Philadelphia
The Shadow unlocks the history behind this swanky old storage facility in University City.
Johnny Manziel doesn’t want to lose this easy source of income | New York Post
Johnny Manziel is still looking for a way to cash in on his "Johnny Football" persona. On Friday, a lawyer representing the NFL flameout and his company, JMan2 Enterprises, filed documents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to maintain the notorious handle one day before the title would disappear, ESPN reported Monday. It's a sign the troubled 23-year-old with a notoriously lavish lifestyle is at least considering his long-term financial planning. Manziel previously applied for the trademark in February 2013, but a Texas A&M booster filed ahead of him. According to the report, the patron passed along the rights to pursue the trademark upon discovering the Heisman Trophy winner's vested interest. After being selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, Manziel's camp arranged for the players union to sell the moniker to licensees in exchange for compensation for the quarterback, insiders told the website. Manziel was cut from the Cleveland Browns in March after two seasons, due in large part to his off-field infractions, with seeming little regard for the NFL millions drying up. He spent the following several months partying in luxury rental homes with a large retinue. Attorney Jim Darnell confirmed earlier this year that Manziel is preparing for an NFL comeback. "His immediate plans are to start getting ready for football," Darnell told ESPN in June. "We're working on it." During Manziel's latest, well-documented attempt at sobriety, the 23-year-old took to social media to double down on how serious he is about getting his career back on track. "You all write about a day in my life and what goes on…here it is. No secrets, no hiding, I’m not what you read about. I’ll be back… In time. It can’t end like this…it won’t," he wrote on Instagram.