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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for July 31, 2014

Daily links, today featuring Pauley Pavilion's flooding, the best high school basketball classes, and Marquette loses a player.

Happy Thursday, 'Nova Nation! Here's the latest on former Big 5 foe Aaric Murray.

Most of us have problem done something involving alcohol that we've regretted. Drunk dialed a female. A few too many in the WFC parking lot before a 'Nova game. But this takes the cake. No wheel?!

And now, the "news."

Ryan Morris looking for fresh start after transfering from Purdue to Villanova | Sports
Ryan Morris was having a hard time acclimating to life in Indiana.

Conditional use hearing underway for Villanova's plans for new dorm, garage and performing arts center | Main Line Media News
A conditional use hearing began Monday for plans that Villanova University filed to build a dormitory, performing arts center, new parking garage and retail space in what is now a 13.8-acre parking lot on the south side of Lancaster Avenue.

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UCLA assured Pauley Pavilion will be ready for next season | Yahoo Sports
One day after a ruptured water main just north of UCLA's campus flooded several of its athletic facilities including Pauley Pavilion, athletic director Dan Guerrero offered an encouraging update on the condition of the venerable basketball arena.

Grant Hill donates $1.25 million to Duke |
Grant Hill and his wife Tamia donated $1.25 million to Duke, the school announced Wednesday. $1 million of the donation will be used to upgrade athletics facilities, and the remaining $250,000 will go to the Annual Fund for the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.

The best high school basketball classes of the last 10 years |
How good is the basketball talent in the class of 2015? It's way too early to tell, but by looking back to previous high school classes you can see just how many quality pro players each class typically turns out.

Good luck trying to pick preseason All-Americans for this season |
Not even one First Team, Second Team or Third Team AP All-American from last season is back in college. (Did you realize that?) Consequently, picking a preseason All-American team will be no easy task this year.

Todd Mayo Departs Marquette Basketball Program | Marquette Official Athletic Site
Guard Todd Mayo, who was set to begin his senior season with the Marquette University men's basketball program in 2014-15, has decided to leave the program to pursue a professional basketball career.

Why Rutgers is the Ringo Starr of the Big Ten | Lost Lettermen
"Like John, Paul and George, programs like Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State and the like have been able to parlay dominance — or relevance at the least — year after year in multiple sports."

Commissioner vows to keep former Big East relevant in football - LA Times
You have to admire Mike Aresco's spunk, he told reporters that his conference wasn't going to "take a backseat."

Some Athletes Don't Use Scholarship Money as Intended | Athletic Business
Dawn Martinez, assistant athletic director/compliance at the University of New Mexico, said student-athletes with full-ride scholarships wil\l receive $9,340 for the coming school year if they stay in the dorms.

Irony, Illustrated | Digg
Irony. The term people love to use... incorrectly. We're smart folks in Nova Nation, however, so here's a quick guide.