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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for August 5, 2014

Daily links, today featuring Arch's summer travels, rivalries renewed, and faking your own death by boat.

Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! So, yesterday was a good day for recruiting. Donovan Mitchell really enjoyed his visit to Villanova and it appears we've got a real shot at this thing (cue the getting your hopes up music). Isaiah Briscoe also cut down his list to five schools and won't make a decision until the spring, giving Villanova a chance to go head-to-head with St. John's for his services.

Oh, and 2017 PG Aaron Thompson is on campus today. It's a new name for us fans, but it's a big time player in 2017. Go on, Jay!

And now, the "news."

Will Sheridan does an interview from the bathtub

Nova Notebook: A Summer Sojourn Helped Expand Arciadiacono's Horizons | Villanova University Official Athletic Site
Ryan Arcidiacono stamped his passport this summer in both Italy and China, in the process gaining valuable insight into his own game as a floor general.

Weeds, falling tree limbs, stormwater vex Villanova neighbors of Villanova University | Main Line Media News
Some long-time residents of Barley Cone Lane in Rosemont, a street that abuts the Villanova University campus...

ESPN Networks Showcase 19 Games during Hoops Tip-Off Marathon | ESPN
ESPN’s seventh annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon – more than 24 hours of consecutive coverage to mark the start of the 2014-15 season over Monday, Nov. 17 and Tuesday, Nov. 18 – will feature 19 men’s and women’s college basketball games across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.

Washington-Gonzaga renew cross-state rivalry | Seattle Times
After a 10-year hiatus, one of the most heated rivalries in the Northwest will return after Washington and Gonzaga agreed to a four-year series starting in 2016.

Texas A&M punter makes early case for Heisman Trophy | For The Win
"Punters are people too."

Police Believe Champion Powerboat Racer Faked His Death In Boat Crash
The official story goes like this: Last month, a pontoon boat carrying two men crashed off of Longport, N.J. One swam to shore safely; the other, 44-year-Andrew Biddle, has not been found and was reported missing. But local police now believe that Biddle faked the accident in an attempt to escape prosecution on a series of complaints that he scammed boat buyers.