Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! Thank you to The Inquirer's Mike Jensen, who reminded me that there is a ongoing search for the next AD at Villanova. The whole thing has been so hush-hush that I actually forgot it was still ongoing.
Villanova isn't anywhere near a job like Michigan or Notre Dame, so we shouldn't kid ourselves with the prospects out there, but it would be nice to see the University leak some names to see how the alumni base might respond. It's not do-or-die time, but it is an opportune time to make a bold statement and bring in a strong leader who can drive athletics forward.
So we wait. And hope.
And now, the "news."
Villanova faces tough search in replacing AD Nicastro | Philly.com
Villanova is deep into the hunt for a new athletic director to replace Vince Nicastro. The school has put together a search committee and hired a leading search firm. The usual stuff these days.
Josh Hart shows out in Kenner League Championship | Casual Hoya
The Kenner League, a D.C. summer league that typically features tons of Georgetown Hoyas, had one notable Wildcat performing well.
John Robertson noted among top QB prospects | Inside The Pylon
Some have compared him to Johnny Manziel, and it remains to be seen if he can transition to the next level. But he sure is fun to watch.
Vad Lee over John Robertson? | NFLDraftScout.com
Vad Lee is a good quarterback, but that doesn't excuse the fact that he was a triple-option guy until last season. CBS has joined the smear campaign against John Robertson, it seems.
Villanova Prepares for World Meeting of Families | Villanova Media Room
With the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and Pope Francis’ Visit to Philadelphia quickly approaching, the Philadelphia Region is a buzz with excitement and busy preparing for these historic events. Villanova University has adjusted its class schedule on Sept. 25-26 in preparation for the large-scale events taking place in Philadelphia.
D.J. Newbill Arrested On Suspicion Of Terrorism, Agent Suspects Racial Profiling | Onward State
The reason given by authorities for Newbill's detainment was "absence of a visa for a long stay."
Northwestern Football Players Cannot Form Union, NLRB Rules | Bloomberg Business
Northwestern University football players cannot form a union, the National Labor Relations Board ruled, overturning a March 2014 decision and ending the players’ bid to change the college sports landscape.
Is the effort to unionize college athletes dead? | USA Today
Athletes in a conference with no public schools — like the Big East in basketball — could make the case that unionization would not upset competitive balance. Or, if the NCAA further loosens its rules on athlete benefits, that could also convince a future NLRB panel that collective bargaining is appropriate.
Color-changing polymer may signal traumatic brain injuries in soldiers, athletes | EurekAlert! Science News
Villanova's Gang Feng part of team using polymers to immediately detect head trauma.
Alabama sorority yanks video after AL.com calls it 'worse for women than Donald Trump' | NOLA.com
A sorority at the University of Alabama yanked its online profiles after an AL.com columnist called its newly-posted recruitment video "worse for women than Donald Trump."