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Big East must, and will, build on Villanova Basketball's national championship

Fluff piece alert!

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! There's a nice little fluff piece for you from Dana O'Neil below, but I'm more ready to talk about our scholarship fundraiser that the Atlanta Alumni Chapter threw yesterday, with special guest Jay Wright.

Coach is just the best, which doesn't really to be said, but he did give a few nuggets of detail into the team, including how pumped he is for Donte DiVincenzo to get back on the court, Eric Paschall to finally join the mix, and for the coming Pavilion renovations. It was a fun day and great night, and a major thanks to Coach for coming down.

Oh, and in case any of you wanted an Omari Spellman update, Jay Wright said last night at our Atlanta Alumni event that it is a 50-50 shot he's eligible for this "year." I don't know if that means the entire season or just the calendar year.

And now, the "news."

Big East's impact isn't going away after Villanova's national title | ESPN
Villanova should be strong again, and this season might be even more important to the league than the 2015-16 breakthrough.

Marquette Kind Of Released The Home Half Of The 2016-17 Big East Men’s Basketball Schedule | Anonymous Eagle
I mean, it’s just sitting there, and who knows how long it’s been there.

Villanova proud of hard fought win as Andy Talley passes Lou Holtz on win list | Metro
Most of Andy Talley’s 250 wins over 32 years at Villanova haven’t been as nerve-wracking as this.

Darryl Morsell talks about recent in-home visits and upcoming official trips | Scout ($)
Four-star combo guard Darryl Morsell was one of the breakout players in the month of July. Since then his recruitment has exploded, and now he is in the middle of a batch of in-home visits with official visits coming up.

Where did top recruiters go during the first open recruiting period | ESPN $
Coaches from all the top programs went out on the road Friday to see their top targets. Where did Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and others make stops?

FCS Rankings: Power Poll for Week 3 | Athlon Sports
‘Nova glad to be hosting Towson in a matchup that both teams need if either plans to make the FCS playoffs. Steiner Repeats as BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week |
Junior goalkeeper Will Steiner is the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time in as many weeks after backstopping the Men's Soccer team to a pair of victories.

Will free agency ever come to college basketball? | ESPN
What if college basketball players didn't have to wait a year to play after transferring? What if they were allowed to play immediately? It would be the wild, wild West, and it is a possibility.

NCAA removes tournament games from North Carolina over HB2 law | CollegeBasketballTalk
This is, obviously, big news for the powerhouse programs in the state.

MAC Suspends Officials Who Allowed Central Michigan To Pull Off Miracle Upset | Deadpsin
The Mid-American Conference has suspended the officiating crew that botched what should have been the final play of Saturday’s Central Michigan-Oklahoma State game, giving the Chippewas a final, untimed down on which they scored a spectacular game-winning touchdown.