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How the Big East Conference got it's national respect back

Hint: It was Villanova.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! Enjoy this puff piece from the mothership. They sing the praises of the Big East - notably Villanova - throughout the entire column. It's nice to go through an offseason of praise rather than one of doubt. Am I right or am I right?

Also, a couple of key recruitiing updates below. The Reddish article is a pay article, but just know that he has some really good things to say about Villanova. They've been on him forever, and won't be going away. That's going to be a tough battle though.

And now, the "news."

Big East, Villanova carry newfound swagger into 2016-17 season |
The season of previewing is not upon us just yet, but the season of reviewing the state of each conference most certainly is. We continue with the Big East, which enters 2016-17 with a jolt of added confidence thanks to Villanova's national championship.

Checking In With 6'8" Top Ten Rising Junior Cameron Reddish | 247 Sports ($)
Reddish talks about Villanova, Duke and Syracuse and his developing game.

Trevon Duval Ready to Cut List | 247 Sports
Duval also says that Maryland fans tweet at him the most, a stark reminder that it is never time to tweet at croots.

3 Coach-Specific Big East Stories : Mullin' Over Chris Mullin | Today's U
The Big East Conference has many reasons to hang its head high. Mullin is improving, Cooley is better than you think, and Wright is making small ball big.

Ex-DePaul Player Tommy Hamilton Headed To Texas Tech | Today's U
The hits keep on coming for the Blue Demons.

Gus Malzahn, Dabo Swinney more college football coaches describe worst losses of careers | ESPN
From Gus Malzahn losing high school state championships to the officiating fiasco in Duke-Miami last year, coaches reflect on the most painful losses of their careers. Dave Clawson still remembers his 1997 loss while on the Villanova coaching staff.

Ryan Lochte has an honest quote about being in Michael Phelps' shadow | Business Insider
"My career would definitely be different," Lochte said when asked if he's grateful for Phelps being around at the same time. "I guess you would say I'd be like the Michael Phelps of swimming if he wasn't there."

NBC Sports chief responds to colleague's remarks diminishing women Olympics viewers
John Miller, the chief marketing officer of NBC's Olympics division, said at a press event in July that "more women watch the Games than men, and for the women, they're less interested in the result and more interested in the journey."

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