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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for July 16, 2014

Daily 'Nova links, today featuring Hilliard's production, the fallout of the Mudiay decision, and Dick Vitale on Twitter.

Huuuuuuuump Daaaaaaaay! I got your 2016 Big Board dropping later this morning - and speaking of recruiting, the Nike EYBL Peach Jam starts today with a play-in game before kicking in to full gear tomorrow. Donte DiVincenzo and Team Final start things off on Thursday morning at 9am ET before playing again at 6pm ET that night.

No word yet on if any of the games will be streamed live, but we'll keep an eye out.

And now, the "news."

Villanova Leads BIG EAST with Four Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award Winners | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
In the annual announcement of Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence award winners, Villanova had a BIG EAST best four selections. The awards are presented annually by the conference for the purpose of recognizing student-athletes for academic and athletic achievements as well as community service. Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are presented to one student-athlete in each of 21 sports sponsored by the conference.

Houston Rockets are interested in Dante Cunningham | FanSided
The Houston Rockets have expressed interest in free agent forward Dante Cunningham, formerly of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Wisconsin big Frank Kaminsky leads list of nation's top producers | College Basketball | ESPN ($)
John Gasaway breaks down his top 10 players in college basketball heading into the 2014-15 season. He leads with Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky. Darrun Hilliard @ #5.

If I ruled college hoops this is how I'd change fashion | ESPN
Dana O'Neil's "If I ruled college basketball series" continues with a look at basketball's fashion faux pas.

Emmanuel Mudiay's decision reveals fault line among NCAA amateurism reformers |
Mudiay fled the NCAA for money, which might make purists happy, but is that what we want college sports to be?

UNC professor blasts university and its athletic heroes in defense of Rashad McCants | Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Jay Smith, who is co-authoring a book titled "Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports," believes more focus should be on coach Roy Williams and his staff.

Colleges Must Make ‘Good-Faith Effort’ on Clery Act Compliance, U.S. Says | The Chronicle of Higher Education
The U.S. Department of Education said on Monday that colleges must make a "good-faith effort" to comply with changes in the campus-crime reporting law known as the Clery Act before the department issues final rules outlining how colleges should work to prevent crimes such as sexual assault and domestic violence.

For Colleges, 'Free' Is About Much More Than Money | The Chronicle of Higher Education
Cooper Union's decision to charge tuition changes the culture of the institution. The Chronicle goes in-depth on the matter of tuition in higher education.

Dick Vitale is now live tweeting a Lionel Richie concert |
"Lionel winning the ladies hearts ONCE TWICE 3 TIMES A LADY - #HITMACHINE"

20 reasons we loved the 2014 World Cup |
There were many things to love about this year's World Cup. Here are some of them.

The many crimes of Mel Hall |
He was a flamboyant player, a charismatic coach, and a sexual predator.