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Surprise! College athletes are using their stipends responsibly

Love it when the naysayers are proven wrong.

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Happy Tuesday, ‘Nova Nation! Big game tonight, so I'll see you in the gamethread (hopefully). Get jazzed up.

Elsewhere, the NY Times has a cool followup on the stipend program that hit college campuses in the last couple of season. You'll likely remember the moaning over 'paying' athletes in the first place, with a good portion of the internet saying players would blow this money on things they didn't actually need.

Turns out that isn't really true! I'm sure there are edge cases, but these athlets were just like you and me in college, except they're generally coming from a poorer background. So it's cool to see them being able to put the the stipend to good use.

And now, the "news."

Pets, Car Repairs and Mom: How college football players are spending their stipends | NY Times
The stipends are meant to cover costs not included in a traditional athletic scholarship and by golly it appears these kids are acting like adults.

Matt Szczur to participate in 'Scz The Day' in Cape May | The Gazette
The annual event will aid efforts to fight blood cancer.

Hoop Thoughts: What is happening to home court advantage? |
The good folks at STATS are backing Seth Davis' assertion that home-court advantage is disappearing in college basketball.

Ranked: 2015-16 NBA Backcourts from Worst to Best | Point After
"Splash Brothers" Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were clearly the best backcourt duo in the NBA this season, but where do their peers stack up behind them?

Villanova will have an official beer for its demisemiseptcentennial | Straight to the Pint
Cape May Brewery will brew the official beer for Villanova's 175th Birthday with its "Demisemiseptcentennial Ale".