Huuuuuuuump Daaaaaaay! Dang I love short work weeks! Today in topics to tide us over, ESPN believes that Villanova's biggest challenge for the coming season are fighting its own expectations. Sign me up for that.
The program has gone from underachieving and overrated to now having to deal with the expectation that they'll be a really good team. While I'll admit that a championship hangover is possible, it seems doubtful for a program that has won more games than anyone in the past three seasons while facing more brutal disappointment than success.
They seem to put the past behind them just fine, so I'm sure they'll treat this like a new season.
And now, the "news."
The challenge facing each team in the hoops top 25 | ESPN
Just because big things are expected from your team doesn't mean it will be all smooth sailing. Here's what each of the coaches in our top 25 have to worry about.
2017 NBA Draft Pre-Season Scouting Report: Josh Hart | Upside Motor
Josh Hart led the Villanova Wildcats to an NCAA championship last season. Can he build on his skills and earn a selection in the 2017 NBA draft?
Cubs' Matt Szczur nearly quit baseball over academic, athletic demands | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur said he nearly quit baseball over academic and two-sport demands at Villanova University.
Villanova Repeats As BIG EAST Presidents’ Award Winner | BIG EAST
Villanova University has been named the winner of the BIG EAST Presidents’ Award for a second straight year. The honor, which was established by BIG EAST Presidents in 2015, goes annually to the BIG EAST institution that has excelled at the highest level in academics, athletics and citizenship. Villanova is being recognized for its accomplishments for the 2015-16 academic year.
Who's #1: Breaking Down the Top Individuals in NCAA Cross Country | FloTrack
Dennis and Meg break down the top individuals vying for the NCAA individual title this cross country season.
Villanova beats No. 11 Boston College for first win | Brotherly Game
Big win for the Wildcats on the road!
Houston Dynamo sign defender Kevin Garcia from Rio Grande Valley FC | Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dynamo have signed defender Kevin Garcia (Villanova '12) from USL hybrid affiliate Rio Grande Valley FC, the club announced today. Garcia will join the Dynamo immediately and be eligible for selection Friday at Sporting Kansas City.
Exclusive: Here are this year's top 20 NCAA apparel deals | Orlando Business Journal
For years, Nike paid less than rival sportswear companies for top college apparel deals. That changed, decidedly, in the last 12 months.
Villanova ranked top U.S. neighborhood for green homes | Curbed Philly
Eco-conscious people who are on the hunt for a green home don’t have to look very far from Philly: Villanova, less than 20 miles away, was just named the top U.S. neighborhood for green homes.
Kansas football fans feebly rushed the field after beating a bad FCS team | SBNation.com
(It was Rhode Island. You don't celebrate for beating Rhody, Kansas).