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

Daily links, today featuring Rick Brunson's plea, a 7'4" Romanian teenager, and Bartolo Colon's history at the plate.

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! I held back on my Sharknado 2: The Second One thoughts until today just in case anybody had TiVo'd that instant classic and couldn't get to it until Thursday. Let me just say this about it - it's one of the few sequels in movie history that completely lived up to (and frankly, exceeded) the hype. And I knew it from this moment:


That's right - a how-to guide on surviving a sharknado. Written by Tara Reid. It set the table perfectly. If you haven't seen it, you must. You might be stupider for having watched it, but it is completely worth it.

And now, the "news."

Ex-Bull Rick Brunson charged with attempted criminal sexual assault, battery |
Former Chicago Bull, possible Temple assistant, and father of prized recruit Jalen, Rick Brunson has been indicted on charges of attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery and domestic battery stemming from his arrest last month following an encounter with a massage therapist at a Vernon Hills fitness center.

Villanova Has 275 Student-Athletes Named to BIG EAST All-Academic Team | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
A total of 275 student-athletes from Villanova were named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team for the 2013-14 academic year, as announced by the conference office on Thursday morning. The number of academic honorees from the Wildcats puts a wrap on a year that was once again filled with numerous academic highlights.

Basketball Conferences Realign to Shoot for $150 Million Profit
Fox Sports 1 made the Big East the only basketball conference to top $150 million in profit this year, while the conference is also getting the most top recruits per team. The ACC may pass the mark with the addition of a program more profitable than all but a few FOOTBALL teams, and Maryland may take the Big Ten above the $150 million mark as well. Follow the money to understand all of the conference moves:

Duncan Robinson, of D-III Williams College, considering transfer to Michigan, Davidson | CollegeBasketballTalk
Rising sophomore forward Duncan Robinson played his freshman year at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, but could be on the move for next season.

Meet the 13-year-old Romanian basketball player who is 7'4 |
That might be too tall. I'm no expert.

Bartolo Colon at bat: A life in images |
Please enjoy this comprehensive look at the man, myth and legend that is Bartolo Colon at bat.

The Hargrave Four: They were all destined for NFL stardom, until everything fell apart |
#LongForm Alert: All four of them were destined for football fame and fortune. But today, in 2014, football has forgotten the most talented defensive line in amateur history.