Good morning Nova Nation! Some technical difficulties can delay the Sun's Arizin, but nothing can stop us now. Despite college sports being on hiatus for the summer, there are tons of interesting developments to follow in the meantime and we're going to track all of them for you.
And now, the "news."
Several 2014-15 Big East matchups announced | Big East Coast Bias
A few matchups were announced for the 2014-15 Big East season, including two big rivalry matchups.
Ranking the FCS conferences | The Sports Network
The MVC retained the top spot for the 2014 pre-season, but the CAA is creeping back into the top spot. A resurgent Villanova football program would push the league well past the others.
Villanova Basketball: The Biggest NBA Success Stories in Villanova History | Bleacher Report
Only 39 Wildcats have played in either the NBA or ABA, but there have been plenty of success stories from that small sample size.
Villanova student film highlights bond between homeless youth, rescue dogs | NewsWorks
A new documentary produced by eight Villanova University students who study social justice highlights the strong bond between people and animals. Highlighting a charity called Hand2Paw, that enlists homeless kids to help care for rescue dogs.
Xavier AD Greg Christopher reflects on first year on job
Athletic director Greg Christopher is digging into his strategic plan at Xavier University, talks about Big East expansion & scheduling. Most interesting, perhaps is talk of naming their rivalry with Cincy: "No one calls it the Classic." Because somebody else asked me this, about the Shootout versus the Classic. I said, "I'm not trying to trivialize this, but don't overthink it, either."
Big 12 expansion: More BYU perspective | News OK
"I do think the Big 12 missed the boat by not adding Louisville and getting to 11. If the Big 12 ever needs to get to 12 schools, it’s easier to get there from 11 than from 10, when the pickings are slim."
A World Cup guide for college football fans | TuscaloosaNews.com
A college football fan’s guide to the World Cup for those of you who know college football but are a bit confused about the World Cup. To help you choose your teams to cheer for (and against) we have looked at all 32 countries that are competing and matched them up with their college football doppleganger. Each of the paired teams have something in common that can help you pick your favorites.