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Wednesday’s Arizin: Kyle Neptune officially in at Fordham (Mar. 31)

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It was pretty much a done deal, but it became officially official on Tuesday afternoon.

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It was virtually a done deal, but Fordham made it officially official on Tuesday afternoon, but it introduced Kyle Neptune as the “new football coach.” They eventually corrected themselves later though.

Thank you to Kyle Neptune for his time at ‘Nova and best of luck in his first head coaching gig!

The “news”:

Villanova players dealt with 2021 season adversity admirably | Philadelphia Inquirer
The Wildcats finished with an 18-7 record after a 62-51 loss to Baylor in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Jay Wright liked the way his players handled season-long challenges.

Neptune Named Head Coach at Fordham - Villanova University
Neptune takes over the head coaching duties at Fordham University

Fordham University Hires Kyle Neptune as Head Men’s Basketball Coach - Fordham University Athletics
Fordham University announced today that Kyle Neptune will become its new Head Men’s Basketball Coach, taking the reins of the school’s 117-year-old program.

Kyle Neptune’s big challenge as Fordham’s basketball coach | NY Post
If you’d like a Cliffs Notes version of why Fordham basketball is where Fordham basketball has been the past few decades, it was right there Tuesday afternoon, when Kyle Neptune was introduced by Fordham president Fr. Joseph McShane as “our new football coach.”

(Subscription Required) What’s next for Villanova basketball? Looming decisions and an influx of talent – The Athletic
Villanova's postseason hopes in 2021-22 will be largely dependent on whether certain players decide to return and others improve.

Gonzaga now just two wins from history | Yahoo Sports
Can Gonzaga capture college basketball immortality and become the first team to go undefeated since Indiana in 1975-76?

Referee Bert Smith in Stable Condition After Collapsing During Gonzaga vs. USC | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Referee Bert Smith was taken off the court on a stretcher after collapsing to the court during the first half of the NCAA men's tournament Elite Eight matchup between USC and Gonzaga on Tuesday...

Mark Emmert's failures catching up to him | Yahoo Sports
Mark Emmert's failures as NCAA president are many and well documented. The question is whether the group that controls his fate cares enough to take action. And, if it doesn't, will schools decide they've had enough of the NCAA altogether?

NCAA tournament: Format change might make tourney better | Yahoo Sports
Playing the Sweet 16 on Saturday and Sunday worked out pretty well this year, so why not make it a new tradition moving forward?

Ball in their court: Justices take on NCAA restrictions - The Washington Post
With the March Madness basketball tournament ongoing, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case about how colleges can reward athletes who play Division I basketball and football

Men's Lacrosse: Vitton Earns to BIG EAST Weekly Honors - Villanova University
Junior goalkeeper Will Vitton earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll as announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.

Men's track: Sean Dolan Named BIG EAST Men’s Track Athlete of the Week - Villanova University
Redshirt freshman middle distance runner Sean Dolan (Pennington, N.J.) was named the BIG EAST Men's Track Athlete of the Week in an announcement by the conference.

Field Hockey: Meghan Mitchell Named to BIG EAST Honor Roll - Villanova University
Freshman forward Meghan Mitchell was named to the weekly BIG EAST Honor Roll in an announcement made by the conference office on Tuesday