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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news and links for May 14, 2015

Daily news and links

Good morning Nova Nation! I'm still struggling out west with the heat and time difference, but that can't stop me from bringing you your morning serving of links. It's a tough job "curating" these excellent links for your morning pleasure, but even without our link-master Chris available, we're dedicated to doing our best to keep you up-to-date.

Anyway, if you missed it, yesterday's Arizin comments had an interesting (and civilized!) conversation about alumni donations. If you don't mind time-traveling back to yesterday's post, head over there and add your $0.02 to the conversation.

And now, the "news."

FAQs for Villanova Commencement |
Have questions about commencement? Look here for a list of FAQs! Its coming up fast, folks.

Navy WR Justin Zemser Killed in Amtrak Crash | Lost Lettermen
Justin Zemser, a Naval Academy midshipman, was among the 7 confirmed dead in #Amtrak188 derailment.

Bill Guthridge, North Carolina Tar Heels basketball coach, dies |
Former North Carolina head coach Bill Guthridge, who spent 30 years as an assistant under Dean Smith, has died at the age of 77.

Top 10 FCS Games for 2015 – Part 1 | BISON Media Blog
Villanova @ JMU on November 21st is #8.

Philadelphia Freedoms to offer fun-filled schedule at Villanova in July | Main Line Media News
Philadelphia Freedoms to offer fun-filled schedule at Villanova in July - The Philadelphia Freedoms are offering fans the unique opportunity to see world-class tennis players, including Serena Williams, the Bryan Brothers and Eugenie Bouchard, in affordable family fun this summer at the Villanova University Pavilion, beginning with the first serve on Thursday, July 16.

Report: Assistant Basketball Coach Preston Murphy To Leave BC For Creighton | BC Interruption
Ooh... a Big East assistant gig in Nebraska is better than an ACC assistant gig in Boston.

Florida Gators lose QB Mornhinweg to Ivy League | CollegeFootballTalk
Former Penn coach Al Bagnoli is already prettying up the joint at Columbia, with QB Skyler Mornhinweg transferring in from Florida.

Timmy Parks Selected as Hawk Mascot for 2015-16 |
Timmy Parks has been selected as the Saint Joseph's University Hawk mascot for the 2015-16 season, becoming the 37th student to represent the University as its men's basketball mascot in the tradition that has now spanned 59 years. He's on twitter at @DatDudeTP7. Villanova is still keeping the Wildcat's identity a secret (but it isn't too hard to figure it out).

The chair of the NCAA basketball rules committee is not full of good ideas | Banners On The Parkway
The rules committee is meeting this week to discuss the possibility of shortening the shot clock to 30 seconds. I've already said I think this is a dumb idea, and I've also already thrown up a link...

There's no defense for NCAA's march toward 30-second shot clock | Sporting News
John Wooden was in charge of 826 games as a college basketball coach, not one of which was contested with a shot clock in place. And yet we turn to the Wizard for the definitive word on the debate regarding whether the NCAA rules committee should consider truncating the current 35-second cycle to a mere 30 seconds: “Never mistake activity for achievement,” Wooden used to say.

Pac-12 exporting basketball to China, football still not likely | CollegeFootballTalk
The Pac-12 will be traveling across the Pacific Ocean to play college basketball in China this November (Washington vs. Big 12 member Texas) and once more in 2016.

ODU ready to break ground on practice hoops facility | |
ODU expects to break ground in late July on the new $8.4 million basketball facility and a $5 million football-oriented expansion of the L.R. Hill Sports Complex, officials said. Remember when these guys were in the CAA just yesterday? Even C-USA football is having a positive growth effect for the Monarchs.

Student sues Misericordia after failing course | Citizens' Voice
A Misericordia University nursing student who twice failed to pass a required course has filed a federal lawsuit against the institution alleging she “broke down and wept more than once” during a final exam because her professor didn’t do enough to help her. Anyone else planning to lawyer up for a better grade?

How to get taxpayer money for your favorite college football team |
Uncertainty surrounding enhanced benefits for athletes enabled one politician to land public money for Utah State.

EMT proposes to the woman he helped save 3 years ago
An EMT proposed to a girl he helped save three years ago before the Tampa Bay Rays' game on Monday night.

Gedion Zelalem cleared by FIFA to play for USMNT | Stars and Stripes FC
One of the Americans top prospects is now eligible to play for the U.S. and will be on their U-20 World Cup team.

Elin Nordegren Takes Shot At Tiger Woods In Graduation Speech (Video) |
Elin Nordegren perhaps is best known for her marriage to and messy divorce from professional golfer Tiger Woods in 2010. So when the former Swedish model took the stage at Rollins College over the weekend, chances were high that she would make some reference to her famous ex-husband.

Weird Old Bar Games You've Probably Never Heard Of | Digg
Since the invention of the modern day party and the modern day bar, people have been gathering in private or in public to prove their worth against their friends and foes in games of skill and chance. Here's how it all began.