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Wednesday’s Arizin: Villanova community mourns passing of Gabriele D’Annunzio (Jan. 27)

Jay Wright announced the sad news Tuesday afternoon.

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The Villanova Wildcats are mourning the loss of Gabriele D’Annunzio, better known as “Gabe” to his friends and everyone in the Villanova basketball program. He was the man who helped create GQ Jay, as Jay Wright’s tailor, and helped the Wildcats look spiffy for NBA Draft night or formal events.

D&B Tailors announced the news and the Villanova program expressed their condolences and reactions on Tuesday.

The “news”:

BIG EAST announces contract extension for Val Ackerman | BIG EAST Conference
The Big East commish was given a three-year extension through 2024.

Big East Hoops notebook: Five thoughts from across the conference | BIG EAST Conference
Jermaine Samuels’ big week got a shoutout in this compilation of Big East storylines.

Behind the bracket: What an 80-team NCAA Tournament would look like | ESPN
Joey Brackets gets creative and takes a trip down the hypothetical highway.

Villanova women’s basketball to play Butler on Sunday | Villanova Athletics
The Lady ‘Cats announced a scheduling change.

Villanova women’s basketball make return a little longer than desired | Delco Times
The Lady ‘Cats also had a suspenseful return from a COVID-related pause, pulling off a three-point victory over St. John’s in their first game back in 19 days.

Ten midseason National Coach of the Year candidates, ranked |
I spy Jay Wright.

NCAA Revenue down 50% for 2020 due to canceled NCAA Tournament | USA TODAY
The NCAA’s cancellation of last season’s Division I men’s basketball tournament because of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a $600 million annual decline in the association’s total revenue for its 2020 fiscal year, its new audited financial statement shows.

Former Fortune 500 CEO donates $10 million to Villanova | Philly Business Journal
Money, money, money.