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State of the Nova Nation: Kris Jenkins Benched, Georgetown Returns to the Pavilion, and Does UConn want to Rejoin the Big East?

In a surprising move by Jay Wright, Kris Jenkins was benched to start Eric Paschall against the Johnnies. Jenkins responded with a solid showing coming off the pine. Georgetown and Villanova will clash at the Pavilion for the first time since 2006. “The Big Game” experiences, Howie Long’s son gets a ring, Dana O’Neil is signing copies of “Long Shots,” and does UConn want to come back to the Big East? How could that possibly look for the conference?

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State of the Nova Nation: Football Signing Day, Behind the Scenes Snippets from Villanova’s 2009 and 2016 NCAA Tourney Runs, and Much More!

Mark Ferrante put together his first recruiting class since officially taking over as the head coach of the football program. ESPN reporter Dana O’Neil releases a new book that should be a part of the Villanova Curriculum. In her new book, she goes deep into Villanova’s 2016 title run, as well as looking back at the past and the 2009 Final Four run. We discuss a few excerpts from the book. Then we flash forward to the Providence game, look ahead to St. John’s, as well as all the other action taking place this weekend in Villanova sports.

State of the Nova Nation: Buzzer-Beating Heroics, Tanoh Kpassagnon’s Senior Bowl, An Eye-popping Tale, and More!

Donte DiVincenzo topped off a second half Villanova comeback with the game-winning tip in, giving the Wildcats a victory over Virginia. Tanoh Kpassagnon impresses some more at the Senior Bowl. A tale of eye-popping proportions. Updates in women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track, and swimming.

State of the Nova Nation: Meltdown in Milwaukee, Tanoh Kpassagnon Is Turning Heads, Selection Sunday Spoilers (?), and More!

We recap the stunning loss at Marquette and what that might mean for Sunday’s big game against Virginia. Villanova Football’s DE Tanoh Kpassagnon is starting to get some attention at Senior Bowl Practice, getting love from guys like ESPN’s Todd McShay or NFL Network’s Mike Mayock. Also, the selection committee is planning on doing something it has never done before. Lastly, we look ahead at the action in women’s basketball, women’s tennis, track, and swimming.

State of the Nova Nation: Is Phil Booth Redshirting?, Angel Delgado Talks ‘Nova, Women’s Basketball is on Fire, Weekend Rundown, and More!

Phil Booth missed his 17th straight game, is the junior guard redshirting for the season? If he does take a medical redshirt, how will that impact the team moving forward? Seton Hall forward Angel Delgado has some words for the Wildcats. Also, women’s basketball is on fire, extending their winning streak to five games after picking up a pair of wins this past weekend. We recap those games, Villanova-Providence at the Wells Fargo Center, and some other weekend action in track and swimming.

State of the Nova Nation: UConn Football Hires Villanova DC, The State of the Big East, Local Commit, Weekend Review, and More!

Billy Crocker, Villanova’s defensive coordinator, was just hired by UConn to fill the same position for the Huskies. How will this impact Villanova’s defense moving forward. Transitioning over to the basketball court, the men’s team was able to secure a commit from a local Pa. high school player. We recap this past (long) weekend’s slate of games. Jay Wright and St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin also chime in on the current state of the Big East. Four years in, how is the conference doing?

State of the Nova Nation: Streaking, X Missed a Spot, Big East Weekend Previews, and More!

With a win over Xavier, the Wildcats notched their 46th straight win at the Pavilion, tying a school record. There were a number of other notable streaks that are still alive. Xavier guard, Myles Davis, returned to the court for the first time this season against the Wildcats after being suspended, we evaluate the Musketeers’ decision on that. Then, we recap and preview men’s and women’s basketball action–it’s going to be a loaded weekend. Lastly, can coral be your pet?

State of the Nova Nation: Hinkle Hijinks, Cold-Streak Breaker, Swimming, and More!

Villanova took its first loss of the season, falling to #18 Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Phil Booth was missed more than ever, Jalen Brunson went off, Jay Wright got T’d up, and Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins were victims of Hinkle Magic. Women’s Basketball broke a four-game losing streak with a lopsided win over Georgetown. Can they build off of this? Lastly, men’s swimming beat the United States Merchant Marine Academy in a head-to-head meet. Marines, I tell you!

State of the Nova Nation: 2016–the Year of the Cat, Big East Play Continues, Story Time, and More!

The first State of the Nova Nation episode of 2017 is now available! Get the podcast on iTunes for free, or you can listen/download here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/vubenchmob/episodes/2017-01-03T05_07_22-08_00 Episode Description:¬†With an epic win over Creighton, the Wildcats close out 2016 with the greatest win-loss record–in a calendar year–of all time. We recap that New Year’s Eve win… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Villanova Basketball Begins Big East Play

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will begin Big East play with a doubleheader at the Pavilion on Wednesday. We preview the women’s game vs. Marquette that will start off the day at 12 p.m. and then the men’s game vs. DePaul at 6:30 p.m. Get what you need to know for both games.

About The Author

Eugene Rapay '16 created "The Bench Mob" in November 2013. He joined the Villanova Times in 2012 as a writer. A Westchester, NY native, who will bring top quality coverage of all things Villanova sports.

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