Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! Quick programming note, but TSA will be taking tomorrow off in observance of American beer and cookouts. I also owe you a fresh recruiting big board - it's coming early next week! Everyone have a safe and awesome American weekend!
And now, the "news."
John Robertson Named Preseason Third Team All-American by Sports Network | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Villanova junior quarterback John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.) was named a third team preseason All-American by the Sports Network.
NCAA botched its case in the Ed O'Bannon antitrust trial | SI.com
"Judge" Stewart Mandel would rule for the Plaintiffs in the landmark O'Bannon antitrust case. Did the NCAA screw up their case for amateurism?
Oh, Hello: 2015 VA SG Josh Reaves Commits to Penn State - Black Shoe Diaries
The Nittany Lions reeled in a four-star guard heavily pursued by Georgetown, Villanova and Maryland, giving them the third member of their crucial 2015 recruiting class.
Why Do So Many Sportswriters Love Bruce Springsteen? | The Concourse
As far as rock-and-roll musicians from New Jersey, Springsteen is easily number-one within the sports-writer universe. Deadspin's Drew Magary asks why? [Editor's note: As a New Jerseyan, I think Springsteen is a nice guy and a good musician, but I'll take Bon Jovi over him any day. Jovi named an album after the state, he excretes Jersey from every pore and orifice and his music rocks way harder. - Brian]