Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! Our girl Dana O'Neil still has plenty of love for the 'Cats, specifically the Dapper Don. It's a very cool piece that exposes just how surreal this all is for Wright and how (it seems like) he didn't expect it. Maybe that explains that full-on scream after the second round win.
Offseason is hitting me, and it's frankly a little bit depressing. October is a loooooooooong way away.
And now, the "news."
Jay Wright remembers when he was on the hot seat and now has a national title | ESPN
Jay Wright knows the story well, from sitting in a spot 12 years ago knowing he might lose his job to the same spot holding a national title. He tells the tale, and sees the next challenge ahead.
Jerardi: Villanova a fan of Big 5 | Philly.com
After Villanova won its first national championship in 1985, the Big 5 changed. No sense in going back over the details or what or who was to blame, but City Series games moved from the Palestra to campus arenas. It was not the same.
Thanks Villanova for bringing back college basketball | corsicanadailysun.com
I made a huge mistake. I did not watch a minute of the NCAA basketball tournament. I realize that I coached basketball for most of my adult life. However, I lost my love for the college game in the era of the rent-a-player. Thank you Villanova for restoring my faith.
Father and son separated by distance stay close through Villanova basketball | WRIC
Short Pump resident Mike Canning was at the first title game in Lexington, Kentucky in 1985. He was seated two rows behind the pep band as Villanova beat Georgetown.
UNICO National to Honor Ryan Arcidiacono | Newswire
UNICO National has announced that it will be presenting its coveted Dr. D.M. Nigro Memorial Award for Amateur Athletics to Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova's NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player of 2016 at the UNICO National Convention to be held in July in Cambridge, Maryland. The award is presented annually to an outstanding amateur athlete of Italian heritage after a rigorous selection process.
Athletic TIPS Commends Villanova Basketball for Unique Hydration Method | Business Wire
Athletic TIPS, a national, not-for-profit organization that drives expanded awareness and education around the role of multi-disciplinary care in the recognition, management and prevention of sports-related injuries, recognizes Villanova's Basketball Team for its unique hydration testing method designed to identify and alleviate dehydration among athletes. According to experts at Athletic TIPS, proper hydration is key to optimizing health, preventing and recovering from injuries and enhancing athletic performance.
Cuba running low on beer as thirsty US tourists descend | World news | The Guardian
Shortages prompt island’s main brewer to consider opening a new plant and importing beer from outside the country to keep pace with growing demand.