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TGIF! Chris is out of town, so you get my curated links for the day.

Saint Louis University mascot being redesigned | SI.com
Saint Louis University’s new Billiken was too frightening to survive.

Villanova University Receives Million Commitment for Villanova Football | Villanova.com
Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, has announced a million gift from Sheila Labrecque, wife of the late Thomas Labrecque 60, former chairman and chief executive of the Chase Manhattan Corporation and former Villanova University Trustee, to support the Villanova Football program. Inspired by a longstanding friendship with Villanova Football Head Coach Andy Talley, Labrecque has designated the gift to support the construction of the West End Zone Complexan million project that is being funded entirely through donor support.

Australia's Hinchen adjusting to life at Villanova | Philly.com
You don't have to be around John Hinchen very long to see that he has an almost constant smile on his face. And there's a simple explanation for that.

Duke Blue Devils still the best of the best as college basketball season approaches | ESPN
College basketball season is about a month away. So it's no longer "too early" to determine the best of the best. Argue all you want about Nos. 2-24, but No. 1 remains a no-brainer: Hello, Duke.

American Sports Network to Broadcast Saturdays Home Football Game | Villanova.com
The Official Athletic Site of the Villanova Wildcats - Saturday afternoons home football game against Rhode Island will be broadcast by the American Sports Network and can be seen in the Philadelphia area on The Comcast Network. Villanova kicks off against the Rams beginning at 12 p.m. from Villanova Stadium, and several regional networks around the country will pick up the live feed. In addition to The Comcast Network, the game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and on SNY among other carriers.

Villanova Basketball: Again the Team to Beat in Big East | The Sports Bank
The strength of Villanova basketball has typically been at the guard position. That shifts this season as Jay Wright boasts a deep group of wings/forwards

Would an early-season ‘Big East Tournament’ make sense for Syracuse? | Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
What if we could make playing Seton Hall and St. John’s meaningful once more?

Villanova Hosts Rhode Island Saturday « CBS Philly
Last year, Villanova beat Rhode Island on the road, 24-3.

Can John Thompson III stop the Hoyas’ downward slide? | Big East Coast Bias
Georgetown’s glory years are drifting further away, can John Thompson III direct the Hoyas back in the right direction?

As usual, community helps identify vintage football photo | SILive.com
Barresi went on be a outstanding player for a couple of Sal Somma's prolific New Dorp teams, played for Villanova and then was the AD at the College of Staten Island for many years.

As usual, community helps identify vintage football photo | SILive.com
Barresi went on be a outstanding player for a couple of Sal Somma's prolific New Dorp teams, played for Villanova and then was the AD at the College of Staten Island for many years.

Joe Buck Apparently Lost His Voice Because Of Hair Plug Addiction | UPROXX
In a story that seems so unbelievable that it makes you check the url to make sure it’s really from Sports Illustrated, a story on Thursday revealed the real reason Joe Buck famously lost his voice in 2011 — an addiction to hair-plug surgery.