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Thank You and Farewell

As the website approaches its fourth birthday, I would like to say thank you to everyone that has supported VUBenchMob.com. It has been on my mind over the last few months, but I would like to announce that VUBenchMob.com will not be coming back for a fifth season of Villanova hoops and will shut down. I’d like to express my thanks and gratitude to those that helped this site grow over the years.

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Patrick Tiernan Wins NCAA Cross Country National Championship

A new king was crowned early Saturday afternoon. Patrick Tiernan unseated the three-time defending champion, Oregon’s Edward Cheserek, for the national championship crown at Terre Haute, Ind. Tiernan completed the 10,000 meter course with a time of 29:22.0, finishing approximately five seconds faster than runner-up Justyn Knight (Syracuse) and 26-seconds sooner than Cheserek. “I wanted to leave the… Read More ›

State of the Nova Nation: Big East Media Day & More!

State of the Nova Nation is back! This time as an audio podcast! It’s currently in the process of being approved for being on the iTunes Store, but in the mean time here is a link to the first episode of the relaunch: http://vubenchmob.podomatic.com/entry/2016-10-12T04_26_39-07_00 So listen online or download the podcast! You can even hit… Read More ›

Explanations, Reactions, More Details, and a Press Conference Surrounding Omari Spellman’s Eligibility

On Friday morning, Villanova was rocked by a NCAA decision regarding Omari Spellman’s eligibility. After months of reviewing Spellman’s eligibility, the NCAA deemed the freshman center ineligible for the 2016-17 season. A press conference that included Spellman, Athletic Director Mark Jackson, and head coach Jay Wright was held on Friday afternoon to shed some light… Read More ›

NCAA Rules Omari Spellman Ineligible for 2016-17 Season

On Friday morning, Villanova announced that the NCAA has concluded its review of freshman center Omari Spellman‘s eligibility. The NCAA ruled that the 6-10 big man will not be eligible to compete in the upcoming 2016-17 season. Spellman (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Thomas More, Conn.) will instead take an academic redshirt year. He will continue practicing… Read More ›

NCAA Tournament Preview: #7 Iowa Hawkeyes

Next up for Villanova is the Iowa Hawkeyes. Much has changed since the last time these two met in the championship game in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Top 10 Moments in Villanova Athletics of 2015

With 2016 and New Year’s Eve celebrations just around the corner, we’ll take this time to look back and celebrate the top moments of 2015 in Villanova Athletics.

Six Wildcats Heading West For NCAA Track and Field National Championships

For some Wildcats, they cleared the final hurdle before the NCAA National Championships for Outdoor Track and Field. This past weekend was the NCAA Track and Field East Regional in Jacksonville, Florida for both men’s and women’s teams. Villanova fared pretty well in the NCAA East Regional. Villanova sent a total of 15 athletes to… Read More ›

When Jay Wright Came Close to Leaving Villanova…

275 wins, three NIT appearances, eight trips to the NCAA Tournament (making it every year from 2005 to 2011), four Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights, and one Final Four appearance. Jay Wright has accomplished a good amount in his time here so far at Villanova. Since he took over a program that had its own… Read More ›

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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