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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for June 13, 2014

Daily 'Nova links, today featuring fake speeches, track & field success, and putting Brazil's feelings to the side.

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! They say the spring/summer is dead for sports - but we're not quite there yet. Here I sit watching the US Open about to get underway, with not one, not two, but three World Cup games on tap today before my beloved New York Rangers try to stave off elimination once more tonight.


And now, the "news."

JTIII admits delivering fake pregame speech for TV | Yahoo! Sports
Apparently, the Georgetown players couldn't stop laughing while he delivered it. And as much as I despise Georgetown, what's the point of Fox making him do this? The guy seems like a good coach, I'm sure his normal pregame routine would be just fine for TV.

Lipari named Mid-Atlantic Women’s Track Athlete of the Year | The Island Now
Greenvale native and Roslyn High School alum Emily Lipari, a senior middle distance runner for Villanova University, was named the Women’s Track Athlete of the Year in the Mid-Atlantic Region in an announcement made by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday morning.

Samuel Ellison Places Eighth in National Semifinal Heat of 800 Meters | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
In the national semifinals of the 800 meters, senior Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa) recorded a time of 1:51.07 and came in eighth in his heat in the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field on Wednesday afternoon. Ellison concluded a stellar senior season with his third straight appearance at the outdoor national championships.

Stephanie Schappert and Alexandra Wasik Garner Academic All-Area Honors | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Junior middle distance runner Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) and junior pole vaulter Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) were each among 10 women's track student-athletes named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team in an announcement made on Thursday morning. The recognition comes as a result of accomplishments both in the classroom and during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.

The "other" football is silent at UGA and in SEC |
In the SEC, football means pigskin and soccer means women. Blame Title IX, or blame the Southern football-culture, either way, the SEC, like the Big 12, is not jumping on-board with the no-hands version of football, at least not as a men's sport.

The SB Nation World Cup Glossary |
Confused about what's going on at the 2014 World Cup? We can help.

World at their feet: Brazilians’ mixed feelings need to be put aside now | Post-Gazette
The FIFA World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil, with the country, perhaps the most devoted in the world to the sport, in some turmoil. The basic problem is that many Brazilians, in spite of not only their love for soccer but also their considerable skill at it, are seriously divided among themselves on whether their government should be spending the money that it is — an estimated $11 billion — on hosting the World Cup, and then the Summer Olympics two years from now, instead of on meeting more of the basic needs of the people of the country.

Big 12 ADs: No talk of expansion | ABC News

Conference expansion is sooo 2013... It looks like BYU will remain on the outside looking in toward the major conferences for the time being.