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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news & links for December 5, 2014

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Daily Villanova links.

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! Enjoy today because tomorrow is going to be a grind. I wouldn't blame you for starting your day with some of hard stuff on Saturday, but try to pace yourselves - especially those of you on campus.

I'll be out of pocket for the basketball game chat as I'm running the Atlanta game watch, but I'll see you for the football game chat!

And now, the "news."

Villanova.com Don Cherry Earns Second Team Academic All-America Honors | Villanova.com
So basically when he tackles your ass on the field he can also school you in academic matters.

Villanova Welcomes Liberty To Town Saturday In FCS Playoffs | CBS Philly
Matt Leon spoke with Andy Talley ahead of Saturday's playoff game vs. Liberty.

Reeder a familiar name, Villanova scouting him | Scout
Reeder -- the brother of current Penn State freshman Troy Reeder -- is the next in line from his family who will be playing division one football..

Kentucky Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils lead SI's college basketball power rankings | SI.com
Villanova holds serve @ #8.

Maryland, Georgetown basketball should follow example of Philadelphia’s Big Five | The Washington Post
Copycats.

University of New Hampshire experiments with helmetless practices | The MMQB
At the school where Chip Kelly honed his style [New Hampshire], the latest innovation—practicing without helmets—is meant to ingrain safer tackling techniques into a new generation of players

Columbia Footballers: Coach Forced Us To Play Through Concussions | Deadspin
According to the Columbia Spectator, 25 members of the Columbia football team have sent a letter to the university president calling for the dismissal of their head coach, Pete Mangurian. Among other things, the letter accuses Mangurian of forcing concussed players to continue practicing and playing.

UVA-Maryland Basketball Game Site Of Protest And "No Means No" Chants
A lot was going in College Park, Maryland, where the Maryland men's basketball team lost 76-65 to former-ACC rival University of Virginia in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge. A group of students held a die-in outside of the XFINITY Center to protest the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and both grand juries declining to indict their police officer killers.

Spiteful Portland State player pulls fake handshake-steal-dunk move to seal 12-point loss | SBNation.com
Just another day in the most vicious college basketball rivalry in the greater Portland area.

Marcus Hahnemann retires with a great mustache in a treehouse bar | SBNation.com
Best retirement ever.