Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! We're a day late to the party on this one, but it's never too late to have a laugh in the direction of Rutgers. They haven't botched one this bad in a while.
That would be an infographic of four UConn players and two Pitt players, in case you're keeping score. Now, don't get me wrong. I know what they were going for. They have two former UConn staffers and one from Pitt on the staff. It's a common recruiting pitch for a coach to say look what I did for player X, that could be you.
But the visual chosen? The intent is clear, the execution is lacking. They predictably got blown up by college basketball Twitter, with UConn leading the charger. And then in typical Rutgers fashion, they doubled down.
Reading is fundamental.— Rutgers Basketball (@RutgersMBB) August 31, 2016
And now, the "news."
Rutgers basketball taking credit for players it didn't have | ESPN
Ray Allen didn't go to Rutgers. Neither did Shabazz Napier or Rip Hamilton or Steven Adams. But that isn't stopping Rutgers from claiming them.
2017 Prospect Primer: The Returning Risers | Liberty Ballers
Our Brotherly friends take a look at Mikal Bridges and what he needs to do if he's going to leave for the NBA after this season.
Josh Hart's stock is sky high heading into 2016-17 | Fansided
Josh Hart could potentially lead Villanova basketball to their second straight title. This would be the first team to repeat since Florida in 2006-07.
'98 Pitt game introduced Villanova's Brian Westbrook | Philly.com
The game had just ended, Pittsburgh had survived over Villanova, 48-41. Pitt coach Walt Harris walked over to shake hands with Villanova coach Andy Talley. "The first thing he said, 'Who in the hell is No. 20?' " Talley said this week.
Pitt a big first test for Villanova, but game won't define season | Philly.com
On Saturday afternoon at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, Andy Talley's 32nd and final season as Villanova's football coach will begin. For the 12th straight year, the Wildcats are opening against an FBS program on the road.
Pitt's James Conner has celebration ready when he takes field again | ESPN
In a noteworthy twist, another group that was a part of the James Conner fan club while he was undergoing treatment will be at the game, too. That would be Villanova. Members of the football team and coach Andy Talley signed a card for him last December. The message reads: “All of us at Villanova Football are sending you prayers and good wishes as you face your diagnosis head-on. With love, Villanova Football.”
Pitt faces a mobile quarterback in Villanova's Zach Bednarczyk - Cardiac Hill
The Panthers could have their hands full with the team's leading rusher in 2015 under center
Recruiting starts young and can be costly | ESPN
Recruiting starts early. It comes at a cost, and not just a price tag in the thousands. It takes time. And travel. And financial sacrifice. In the end, you still wonder: Is it worth it?
Source says Temple still in talks with Big 12 | Philly.com
A person familiar with the dealings, says that Temple remains in conversation with the Big 12 as the league looks for potential expansion schools.
Wells Fargo Center celebrates 20 years in South Philly | Philly.com
On the night of Aug. 31, 1996, the Spectrum, the South Philadelphia arena once so proudly hailed as "America's Showplace," suddenly sagged in insignificance.