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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for July 1, 2014

Daily 'Nova links, today featuring the close of the athletic season, conference realignment on its last legs, and awesome cakes.

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Happy USMNT GameDay, 'Nova Nation! You better not be eating Belgian waffles for breakfast today. Nope, for you and me it's a healthy dose of PBR and bacon. You'll need your strength to cheer on the Yanks today.

And now, the "news."

Thanks for the Memories: Highlights Were Plentiful for Wildcats in 2013-14 | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
The 2013-14 Villanova Athletics season ended in June with a list of accomplishment that rivals any single campaign in school history.

Has conference realignment at last reached a lull?
The latest wave of major conference realignment lands ashore this week, bringing with it geographical contradictions, upended traditions and financial gains.

NCAA reopens investigation of North Carolina athletics | USA Today
Since 2011, UNC has conducted numerous internal reviews of an academic-athletic scandal.

Venus Williams to bring fashion show for her fitness line to Villanova | Main Line Media News
Venus Williams to bring fashion show for her fitness line to Villanova July 17 - Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams will showcase her line of women’s fitness attire, during the "BEN – FM presents EleVen by Venus" halftime fashion show as the Philadelphia Freedoms take on the Washington Kastles at The Pavilion on Thursday July 17.

Big 12 logo ready for its official debut | FOX Sports
The Big 12 first unveiled its redesigned logo last July, but the new look is officially instituted on Tuesday.

Beaver County native son honored by Villanova |
Jamie Matika, a 1976 Ambridge High School graduate who passed away on July 2, 2013, was honored last September by Villanova University during its game with Stony Brook University.

Villanova recruit gets coolest cake ever | Fact on Villanova Theater
That's defensive back Rasaan Stewart with the old-school logo on his cake. The Perkiomen Valley graduate played QB and Safety in high school, but will concentrate on defense at Nova -- a school he picked over Pitt, BC, Buffalo, UConn, UMass, FAU, ODU, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Temple.