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

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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.