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

Chris is off on Thursday, so bear with me as I pick up the Herculean task of the daily link 'o rama...

Angles and Angels: Lauren Hill, Mountain Ridge High, and the American Myth of Sportsmanship "
"[T]he women’s basketball teams from the University of Connecticut and Villanova agreed to let an injured player named Nykesha Sales hit an uncontested layup in order to become UConn’s all-time leading scorer. (The arrangement required UConn to give Villanova a layup in return, so that the game began 2-2. And, yes, if this had happened at CCNY in the 1940s, someone would have gone to jail for it.)"

At Villanova, it's just as if Rollie had never left | Main Line Media News
"It was just supposed to be the 1985 guys and the coaches, and Coach Mass and his family. But the way he ran his program, well, there was the doctor and the dentist and the travel agent and the guy who made his wine. It was supposed to be a ‘private’ party. Turned out, there were 200 people."

Purnell says DePaul men's basketball poised to contend in Big East | Chicago Sun-Times
"No one expects us to do much of anything in the Big East except for the people in this room," Purnell said. "With the new group we’ve got … we feel like we can compete for the Big East championship." Good luck, Ollie, good luck.

Dear College Football, Stop Inventing Branded Rivalries | The Big Lead
The "Battle of the Blue" probably won't pick up a sponsor, but it's a pretty lame-named rivalry. Will 'Nova's hoops rivalries pick up brand-names though? The Big 5, presented by Bob's Big Boy? The 1985 Rivalry, presented by Lockheed Martin?

COLUMN: Hoosiers must be smarter | Scout
Devin Davis is in the hospital after suffering a head injury when struck by a car driven by his teammate, who had been drinking underage. It was the third alcohol-related incident in nine months for IU, involving five players. Something has to change. Here's a closer examination.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff Receives Postseason Bans Over Certification Errors | 30-Mile Radius
At first glance, the public report for the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff looks like the latest in a line of cases where small Division I universities failed to properly certify the academic eligibility of hundreds of athletes.

Villanova forever tied to '85 title team | The Inquirer
Walk the hallways of the Pavilion where Villanova plays basketball, or the Davis Center where the team trains and practices, and it is always 1985.

Back-up Hokies QB turning pro in something other than football | CollegeFootballTalk
Virginia Tech back-up quarterback Mark Leal is turning pro. Well, sort of. The reserve quarterback for the Hokies has decided to leave the program to pursue what the school is calling a professional opportunity. The school says Leal has already earned a degree.

Triumphant basketball coach leads local college to victory | Sports - WPBF Home
He's one of the most winningest coaches in college basketball and now he's Northwood University's best kept secret on the court.

Isaiah Whitehead is ready for his moment at Seton Hall |
It's not every year that a top freshman comes to Seton Hall. Isaiah Whitehead is ready for the pressure that comes with the hype.

The Sea of Crises |
#Longform alert: Brian Phillips went to Japan and wrote about the awesome world of sumo wrestling.

Expectations much lower for Creighton in Big East | The Merced Sun-Star
Creighton is starting over after winning 107 games and going to three NCAA tournaments the past four seasons.

Three Observations: Villanova/Northwood | City of Basketball Love
Ochefu's in good shape, Bell won't be hard to replace and Phil Booth will be an impact player. Read more!

Northwood no match for ‘Nova in exhibition matchup | City of Basketball Love
If tonight’s performance was any indication, Hilliard could be poised for the best individual season of his career.

The 68 things we can’t wait to see this season | CollegeBasketballTalk
68 teams in the NCAA tournament? 68 things we want to see? Get it?