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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for October 31, 2014

Daily Villanova links.

Happy Halloween and TGIF, 'Nova Nation! This will be the first year that I don't dress up for Halloween. It's a sad milestone but mostly because I used to associate the night with rowdy co-ed's and that doesn't apply to me anymore. I suppose the upside is not wasting money on a costume.

Football is at #13 Richmond, tomorrow at noon. On television no less. You should watch. We'll have our TV post up tomorrow morning, but it's on a number of regional Comcast SportsNet channels.

And now, the "news."

Villanova Receives $2 Million Commitment from Faculty Member | Villanova Media
Designated for the Villanova School of Business (VSB), the gift from VSB Professor Robert L. Nydick, PhD, and his family, establishes The Nydick Family Business Analytics Fund, as well as The Nydick Family Commons in Bartley Hall. KUDOS GOOD SIR.

Villanova ready for another test in Virginia |
Villanova's ability to win in Virginia will go a long way toward determining if the Wildcats will win at least a share of the Colonial Athletic Association football title.

In the FCS Huddle: A loss wouldn't help NDSU | The Sports Network
If the FCS field was only four teams instead of 24, it might look like this: No. 4 seed Coastal Carolina (8-0) versus No. 1 seed North Dakota State (8-0) and No. 3 seed Illinois State (7-0) versus No. 2 seed Villanova (6-1).

PHOTOS: Villanova Engineering students pumpkin drop challenge | Mainline Media
Villanova University College of Engineering students got into the Halloween spirit while putting engineering principles to the test during the College’s annual Pumpkin Drop.

Why be bad at part of a sport you’re trying to be good at? | John Gasaway
"Offensive rebounding is one of the few antecedents of scoring in sports that a significant minority of coaches consciously and indeed insistently tries to do very badly." IMHO, just grab every-damned-rebound all the time.'s Top 100 players in college hoops for 2014-15 |
JayVaughn Pinkston and Darrun Hilliard predictably make the list, while Markus Kennedy gets a shout out as the likely POY in the AAC.

College basketball referees disciplined for accessing unauthorized information, per sources | ESPN
This is probably the most bizarre story you will read for the rest of the year.

Arnold, Akana out as men's basketball coaches | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The University of Hawaii announced Tuesday afternoon that Gib Arnold has been removed from the position of head men's basketball coach. Assistant coach Brandyn Akana has also been "relieved of coaching duty," according to a press release sent out by the university. . . Not like the season is starting in, like, a week or two...

After transfer from Don Bosco, football star, mom told to leave home rented from coach's brother |
When high school football standout Jabrill Peppers jilted Don Bosco Prep by transferring to archrival Paramus Catholic in 2012, he and his mother were ordered to vacate the apartment they were renting from the brother of a Don Bosco assistant coach.

Kobe Talking Trash to Dwight Howard From the Lakers Huddle as Stunned Teammates Look On | The Big Lead
Priceless: The faces of the rest of the Lakers in this video.

Cavaliers employee clearly pours Gatorade into Powerade bottle |
Recall Powerade and Gatorade had themselves a little BRAND BATTLE over LeBron James last season, so this is another chapter in that...