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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for August 12, 2014

Daily links, today featuring Malik Allen's new gig, truth winning in O'Bannon, and Georgetown football gets a makeover.

Welcome to Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! I'm sure you've all seen the #icebucketchallenge to raise awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), and I finally received the call to participate yesterday. For those of us who happen to be friends on Facebook, you can see the action there. Frankly, we might not even have to be friends. I'm not sure what my privacy settings are.

Which begs the question that comes up on here once in a while. Should we as a group start a wave of good will? We've had some good ideas in the past, such as funding a trip for children to see the beloved Wildcats. But I'm open to other ideas.

And now, the "news."

Ex-Villanova star Allen hired by Pistons | Daily News
Malik Allen will be an assistant coach under Stan Van Gundy, for whom he played with the Miami Heat.

Forgery charges dropped against ex-Villanova basketball player-turned investment adviser | Philadelphia Business Journal
Barry Bekkedam, who has faced a series of legal issues in recent years, was cleared of forgery complaint but settled a breach of fiduciary duty charges stemming from a civil lawsuit.

Perrone appeals Ethics Board decision regarding Spingler to Board of Commissioners | Main Line Media News
Seriously lady, get a life.

Wildcats Volleyball Earns Academic Honor | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
The Villanova volleyball team continues to strive for excellence as the 2012-13 team was honored this past week for their academic excellence by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

Football Preview Part 1: Villanova Offense | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
In the first of a two-part season preview the Villanova football offense is profiled. The team opened preseason camp last week and will kick off the 2014 season on August 29 at Syracuse. The second part of the season preview, featuring the Wildcats defense and special teams, will run later this week.

In The O'Bannon Decision, Truth Wins Out Over Rhetoric
"[T]he opinion handed down Friday strikes a blow against the primary defenses on which the NCAA has relied for decades. The first is that the public would stop watching college football and basketball if athletes were to be paid more than the current scholarship maximum—or, as the NCAA has begun to accept in the last decade, the slightly higher full cost of attendance—for their athletic skill."

NCAA men's basketball: Ranking the early season tournaments, 1-5 | ranks the Legends Classic 3rd among the various early season exempt tournaments with Villanova's semifinal matchup against VCU as the best of the games.

Georgetown unveils brand new football helmet | Big East Coast Bias
Georgetown would like to remind you that Georgetown has a football team. You may go back to forgetting that they exist now.

How sleeper recruits still make the NFL, despite blue-chip dominance -
It's not usually because major college football programs and recruiting analysts miss on elite high school prospects.