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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for July 25, 2014

Daily 'Nova links, today featuring the very sad passing of Fr. Tracy, more football news, and a chance to ask a Sports Economist anything.

Good morning! Jay Wright is jet-setting around the AAU circuit with his assistants and the football team is gearing up for the Fall season, the Summer sports-doldrums are on their way out! If that doesn't get you excited, this video of Kevin Monangai lifting like he's the man-beast who plays The Mountain on Game of Thrones should do it.

And now, the "news."

Obituary: Rev. T.S. Tracy, a singing priest, 74 |
The Rev. Thomas Shawn Tracy, 74, an Augustinian priest in Villanova known for his singing and songwriting, died Sunday, July 20, of congestive heart failure at Lankenau Hospital. Rest in Peace.

Power 5 power moves: what does a new NCAA structure mean for college athletics? - Rumble In The Garden
Last week the NCAA announced a new model that gives Power 5 schools the ability to essentially "make their own rules." What does this mean for the future of the rest of the NCAA?

Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Rutgers all check in on Isaiah Briscoe — Cuse Clicks | The Juice Online
Isaiah Briscoe has entered the final live period of his high school career, and his suitors are putting on the fullcourt press.

Villanova QB can take the heat | Daily News
Pressure? Yo, when you're the quarterback for Villanova, which has always been known for moving the football, hefty expectations are pretty much part of the deal.

High expecations for Villanova, QB Robertson | Inquirer
It's been quite a preseason for Villanova junior quarterback John Robertson, and practice hasn't even started. Earlier this month, Robertson was among 20 players named to the watch list for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Reddit AMA with Prof. Lee Ohanian of UCLA | Reddit
"Hi, I am Lee Ohanian, Professor of Economics at UCLA where I teach and write about the economics of sports."

Tim Howard impressed with MLS, but rules out return before retirement |
United States goalkeeper says he's impressed with the improvement MLS has made since he left in 2003... but he's not coming back from the EPL.

When crashing trains was a spectator sport -
Crush didn't stop with devising the rules and regulations, though. A proper TRAINFIGHT wasn't something you could just put on at the local high school or in the town square. No, this needed its own arena, a venue in which spectators could appreciate all the intricacies and emotions of the sport. The spot for that arena was found in McLennan County, 15 miles north of Waco, an uninhabited patch of land that was perfect for a TRAINFIGHT.

Rutgers or Maryland: Which program is better positioned for early Big Ten success? |
Rutgers has enjoyed more success than Maryland in recent years, but most experts believe the Terrapins will finish better than the Scarlet Knights in their inaugural Big Ten campaigns.

Elon hopes to prove CAA football predictions wrong | The Times News
Elon was picked to finish dead last in their inaugural CAA football season, but the Phoenix hopes to rise.

The ESPN3 Chronicles: A 2-on-1 tennis match is sad, unfair, and must-watch -
World Team Tennis had one woman to play tennis against two women in an important match, forcing her to glare as balls she wasn't allowed to return rolled slowly past her.