The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for June 6, 2014

Daily 'Nova links, today featuring TBT's inaugural event, the top athletic programs, and the SEC threatens to take the country back 150 years.

Happy Friday, 'Nova Nation! I've never had much of an affinity for George O'Leary - really all he's given me in life i that comedic week a few years back when Notre Dame had to force his resignation after they discovered he forged his resume. That had Dad on a legendary rant. But this latest stuff about the SEC is gold, Jerry. Gold!

Oh yeah, and Saccoman is coming out of summer hibernation to cover The Basketball Tournament this weekend for VU Hoops - so we'll have some good coverage of the Villanova Final 4 team as they compete this weekend. Tune in and give him a follow on Twitter!

And now, the "news."

TBT launches this weekend in Philly | The Daily Pennsylvanian
Have you ever wondered what would happen if the 2009 Villanova Final Four team faced off against the 2010 Cornell Sweet Sixteen team in a basketball tournament? Probably not, but the world might just find out this weekend.

ESPN executive to receive Villanova medal | Philly.com
Rosa M. Gatti will be awarded the St. Thomas of Villanova Alumni Medal this weekend, the Villanova University Alumni Association announced. Gatti, a 1972 'Nova graduate, worked for 33 years at ESPN.

Czinege honored as a Freshman All-American | Villanova Official Athletic Site
Freshman second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) was one of four players from BIG EAST teams to be named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in an announcement by Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Wednesday morning. Czinege is also one of seven second baseman selected nationwide for the honor.

George O'Leary of UCF likens SEC's 'Division IV' threat to 'Civil War' | ESPN
At least one college football coach isn't happy about the SEC threatening to take their ball and leave if the Power Five conferences aren't granted autonomy by the NCAA.

Big Ten moving to 14-team, 5-day format in 2015 | Land Grant Holy Land
Thanks to the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the B1G tournament is about to get a lot bigger.

Texas tops in athletic revenue, Wisconsin is number 2 | NFL.com
Texas maintained its spot as the richest athletic department in the country for the 2012-13 fiscal year but saw a new program slide in behind them as Wisconsin came in at No. 2 on the list.

BYU AD added to NCAA selection committee | AP
BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe is joining the NCAA men's basketball selection committee.

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