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The Sun's Arizin: Are shoes companies affecting Villanova basketball recruiting?

The recruiting game is changing.

TGIF, 'Nova Nation! CBS wrote an interesting piece, complete with coach polling, about the impact that the major shoe brands (Nike, Adidas, Under Armour) are having on college basketball recruiting. The consensus is that most coaches don't feel (or can't prove) that they've lost a battle due to a shoe company. But the consensus also seems to be that it might be changing.

Villanova is a Nike school, and has landed it's fair share of Nike players in recent seasons. Omari Spellman, Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, Phil Booth, Mikal Bridges and Josh Hart all played for Nike-sponsored programs. However, Tim Delaney, Kris Jenkins and Ryan Arcidiacono all played for Under Armour sponsored programs.

So, they're getting kids from both Nike and UA, but not Adidas. But have they lost anyone because they were an Adidas player?

And now, the "news."

Candid Coaches: Has a shoe company ever cost you a player's commitment? |
Shoe companies and their varying and sometimes intimidating influence is something very much a part of the modern culture of college basketball recruiting. Befriend them, embrace them, or else. There are coaches who believe certain players coming from certain AAU programs have little-to-no chance of NOT picking a school with identical shoe-company ties. And Under Armour's push to get on the level of Adidas and Nike had a lot of coaches talking.

Villanova University Dubbed "Cool School" by Sierra Magazine | Villanova Media Room
The "Cool Schools" annual ranking scores universities for their performance in 10 categories: energy supply, efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments, and other sustainability initiatives. A total of 153 universities nationwide made the list in Sierra Magazine’s ninth-annual ranking.

Peddie post-grad LB Keeling Hunter commits to Villanova |
"Villanova wants him as a linebacker because he’s the hammer and not the nail."

He's the first #Pinball4Heisman!

Candid Coaches: Would you hire a woman to coach in the next 3 years? -
"Doubtful on the female coach because there are more opportunities for women on the women's side. But [I] would definitely be open to it and I have spoken with one when a job was open."

Until Monmouth football gets facility upgrades, competing with be tough | Asbury Park Press
While improvements to Kessler Field are planned, something needs to happen before 2016 season.

New Service Lets Fans Tailgate With Ease | Forbes
Tailgater Concierge offers tents, tables, chairs, food and coolers with ice to fans, setting up your tailgate before you arrive so you can begin tailgating the instant you enter campus.

Great college teams can't even beat the Harlem Globetrotters |
But in 2004, the NCAA outlawed the Globetrotters' exhibition games against college teams, in part because a) blah blah blah amateurism b) it looks bad when your best teams lose games to a team that spends 350 days a year dedicated to throwing buckets of confetti and pantsing their opponents.

Ex-49ers LB Chris Borland doesn't think football can be saved |
In a revealing in-depth story by ESPN The Magazine, Chris Borland explains his decision to retire, the insane lengths he went to to stay on the field, and why the future of football is irredeemable.