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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for May 23, 2014

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Daily 'Nova links, today featuring, no Landon Donovan in Brazil, the nation's leading scorer is transferring, and the Pac-12 has gone crazy.

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! So...Landon Donovan will not be making the trip to Brazil. I am, suffice to say, more than shocked. Not that his current level of play warranted a spot on the plane, but I figured that such an iconic figure would be included purely for experience and team chemistry.

I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts in the comments.

And now, the "news."

Why Landon Donovan's legacy couldn't carry him to the World Cup |
The greatest American soccer player ever isn't going to Brazil, and it's because he didn't earn his place.

A young man's journey |
Tony Chennault bounded to the front door of his Olney home, a young man with a wide grin, a warm handshake and the easy confidence of a brand-new Villanova University graduate who is a budding filmmaker.

LoCascio Named USILA First Team All-American | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Senior LSM John LoCascio (Fairfield, N.J.) has been named a 2014 USILA First Team All-American, as announced by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association on Thursday morning.

Women's Track Has Seven Qualifiers for NCAA East Regional | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Qualifiers for the preliminary rounds of the national championships were announced on Thursday afternoon and Villanova will have seven athletes competing in four different events at the NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville next week. The meet will be held from Thursday through Saturday at Hodges Stadium on the University of North Florida campus.

Antoine Mason is the nation's leading returning scorer and a fascinating transfer prospect |
The son of former Knicks star Anthony Mason, Antoine averaged 25.6 points per game last season.

Boise State's president wrote an open letter against reform | CBS Sports
Of course, does it ring true, when coming from the man who orchestrated the Big East/Mountain West "bidding war" over his school's football team? That was certainly not a move that was designed to promote amateurism.

How Syracuse basketball creates its schedule: RPI, home dates and paying opponents part of puzzle |
Renee Baumgartner and Kip Wellman will not please everybody. The authors of SU's basketball schedule understand that. Baumgartner, SU's Deputy Athletics Director, and Wellman, SU's Director of Basketball Operations, started working on the 2014-15 Syracuse schedule at the Final Four, where Baumgartner cozied up to coaches and gauged interest in Orange games.

USMNT names 23-man final World Cup roster, Landon Donovan left off |
Jurgen Klinsmann has his team for the World Cup and with 2018 in mind Landon Donovan isn't part of it.

Pac-12 presidents craft terrible one-and-done proposal |
They want to make all freshman men's basketball players ineligible.

Buzz Williams contract to coach Virginia Tech basketball offers several incentives and perks | The Washington Post
Williams negotiated an incentive-laden deal that includes several perks outside of his starting annual salary of $2.3 million, most notably a rollover clause, a minimal — and one-sided — buyout provision after three years, the creation of new staff positions and the ability to earn additional compensation from outside sources.

Air Force, Army, Navy head coaches explain football's 3 hardest jobs |
With these restrictions, among many others, it's a shock that America's service academies can win any games in the top subdivision of Division I. Because to win games, you have to recruit good players. And finding good players with those restrictions is improbable, at best.