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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for May 21, 2014

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Daily 'Nova links, today featuring soft football schedules, Kevin Ollie's extension, and sinkholes as our friends.

Huuuuuummmmp Daaaaay! Check out the last story below (but seriously, read the others first). I came to the realization late last night that if we could just mastermind sinkhole that could swallow the Pavilion, the school would have no choice but to build a new arena.

And remember, there are no bad ideas. Just great ideas that go horribly wrong.

And now, the "news."

Too much of a good thing | TSN
The Wildcats are playing only three non-conference games again this season. They put themselves in an 0-2 hole a year ago, and they face the same horror story this year - a loss to an FBS team (Boston College last year) and a better-than-advertised Fordham squad.

Nine Villanova Teams Earn Public Recognition For Academic Success | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
The latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) data was released by the NCAA last week and Villanova student-athletes continue to rank among the nation's best and brightest in the classroom. Nine teams received public recognition from the NCAA for their academic success, while the Wildcats had all 24 teams at or above the national average for their sport. The most recent data covers the 2009-10 through 2012-13 academic years and the results show the across-the-board success in the classroom of Villanova student-athletes. As a group the student-athletes from the 24 varsity sports have maintained a composite grade-point average higher than a 3.0 for 22 consecutive semesters.

Baseball: Matt Meurer and Todd Czinege Earn Second Team All-BIG EAST Honors | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Senior relief pitcher Matt Meurer (Katy, Texas) and freshman second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) were each named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team in an announcement made by the conference office on Monday afternoon. Meurer is the first Villanova pitcher since 2007 to earn all-conference honors and Czinege is the Wildcats first freshman to garner an All-BIG EAST nod in nine years.

W-T&F: Wasik Places Third in Pole Vault at ECAC Championship | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Villanova had three athletes in competition Sunday afternoon on the final day of the ECAC Championship at Weaver Stadium on the Princeton campus. Junior Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) had the Wildcats top result for the day with a third place finish in the pole vault. Junior Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) and sophomore Anne Yahiro (Downers Grove, Ill.) competed in the 100 meter hurdles and the triple jump, respectively.

Kevin Ollie agrees to new deal with UConn, turns down NBA | CollegeBasketballTalk
Win an NCAA Title, spurn the Lakers and get $15m over 5 years.

College roller derby: Can Maiden Asia, Haute Flash, and Stone Cold Jane Austen save college sports from itself?
As an English professor, I see more students in classrooms than in the locker room. But in recent years, I have come to know a few of them as teammates. In addition to teaching courses and writing books, I play flat-track roller derby under the name Stone Cold Jane Austen.

Leticia Romero, Kansas State: This is the case that shows why college athletes need a union.
Kansas State has thus far refused to release Romero from her scholarship, which means she can’t receive financial aid from any other Division I institution for at least a year. The Kansas State athletic department has mostly refused to explain itself, on account of “student-privacy concerns.” That excuse would make more sense if someone had told Romero why the university is blocking her release. The player says she hasn’t gotten any explanation at all.

Austin Peay State has a 40 foot sinkhole in its end zone |
It's the simple story of a small hole that became a VERY big one.