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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova Wildcats news & links for July 17, 2015

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Daily link roundup.

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! I'm off to Nashville for the weekend so you won't hear from me much, but the recruiting events aren't slowing down this weekend. If you're in to that stuff, keep your eyes peeled.

And now, the "news."

'New' Big East still searching for identity entering Year 3 | SBNation.com
The season of previewing is not upon us just yet, but the season of reviewing the state of each conference most certainly is. We continue today with a Big East Conference still looking to make a national splash in Year 3.

Former Villanova Star Laura Kurz Joins Wildcats’ Coaching Staff | CBS Philly
Laura Kurz recently came aboard with the Wildcats, replacing Heather Vulin who left to join the staff at Virginia Tech.

Butler Announces Non-Conference Schedule | ButlerSports.com
The Bulldogs will head to Puerto Rico and face Tennessee and Purdue.

This basketball was dropped 415 feet off the Gordon Dam for a surprising science lesson | SBNation.com
Basketballs are not just for sports. They are also for science. Learn about the Magnus Effect.

Plaxico Burress Blasts Nick Saban, His College Coach | Deadspin
Alabama lost to Ohio State 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl, and at SEC Media Days yesterday Nick Saban advanced a bizarre theory to explain that loss. He says that team chemistry was harmed by players learning about their NFL Draft grade in the days leading up to the game, and that somehow hurt preparation.