Happy Thursday, Big East fans! Welcome to what should be the first edition of a consistent thread for you all to collect some evening reads for all things encompassing the Big East Conference. We're always open to new links and reads, so don't be shy about giving some in the comments section, as this certainly is not a master list of what's out there right now.
We will do our best to get a link up for just about every team. So, tailing off that last sentence, if you feel your school is being underrepresented, or (gasp) disrespected, please let us know about it!
Anyways, here's what we have today:
It hasn't been boring around Hinkle Fieldhouse during the last year. Brad Stevens suddenly leaves, Roosevelt Jones breaks a wrist and misses the season, the initial voyage through the Big East proves to be tougher than expected and a massive renovation of the historic facility is nearing completion. Now, just when it looks like things are returning to normal, coach Brandon Miller takes a medical leave of absence on the eve of preseason practice.
Bluejay fans can catch a glimpse of the 2014-15 Creighton men's and women's basketball teams by attending "Bluejay Madness" presented by First National Bank of Omaha at D.J. Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center on Friday, October 17.
DePaul Blue Demons
DePaul athletics is set to host two events on Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18 to give the campus community and fans a first look at the 2014-15 Blue Demons. The festivities start Friday night with a block party and performance by Chicago hip hop legend Twista followed by an open practice on Saturday.
Trey Songz to Join Georgetown for Midnight Madness // Georgetown Basketball Twitter
Marquette Golden Eagles
When I visited Marquette in late August I walked away convinced college basketball fans would soon realize Steve Wojciechowski is much more than the 20-year-old floor-slapping cartoon character people still, for whatever reason, hold onto so tightly.
Autumn Bailey and Nele Barber both posted double-doubles as the Golden Eagles won the last three sets to take the win from the Musketeers.
The Providence College softball team had three student-athletes named 2013-14 NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes, the Association announced.
Seton Hall Pirates
The NCAA has declared former Alabama guard Daisha Simmons eligible for this season at Seton Hall, head coach Tony Bozzell told Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press. The NCAA's decision ended a five-month ordeal, which saw Alabama come under scrutiny by the basketball world for its decision to reject Simmons' transfer.
After finishing ninth in their first Big East season and bowing out to Seton Hall in the conference tournament, the Butler Bulldogs will look to prove they belong during their second season as a high-major.
St. John's Red Storm
Fresh off of a three-week training period, the St. John's cross country team returns to action on Friday, Oct. 10, for its first championship meet of the season, the 2014 Metropolitan Championships at historic Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y. The Red Storm will be looking to improve upon its eighth-place finish out of 12 teams in last year's championship race and build upon its positive showing at last month's Br. John Doyle/Iona Meet of Champions also held at Van Cortlandt Park, St. John's home-away-from-home.
The Villanova depth chart is now out for Saturday's home game against Rhode Island, and we're keeping an eye on the second unit here as they are likely to see extended playing time on Saturday it what is expected to be a game that is no longer in doubt by halftime.
Xavier University Athletic Director Greg Christopher announced today that the university will induct five new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony held on Feb. 21 in the Duff Banquet Center at Cintas Center, prior to the 2 p.m. men's basketball game vs. Butler. The five will also be honored at halftime of the basketball game.