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The Sun’s Arizin: Villanova News & Links for August 5th

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It’s Wednesday, get your Hump Day started with some Links...

How good can Villanova be? Good enough to win it all (again) | The Athletic
(Subscription Req’d) Winners of two national titles since 2016, the Wildcats are using a familiar formula to get back to the top.

Russell Rule Diversity Hiring Commitment | West Coast Conference Official Athletic Site
The “Russell Rule” requires each member institution to include a member of a traditionally underrepresented community in the pool of final candidates for every athletic director, senior administrator, head coach and full-time assistant coach position.

'Cats Set New Mark with 14 Academic All-BIG EAST Selections | Villanova.com
Fourteen Wildcats Honored by BIG EAST for academic work

Eric Paschall on how Villanova primed him for strong rookie season with Warriors | The Athletic
"He pushes you, and you might want to just snap, but at the end of the day he’s doing what’s right for you," Paschall said of Jay Wright.

Villanova, Temple, Penn, La Salle, St. Joseph’s and Drexel to enter next season with new-look teams | Inquirer
March Madness was postponed due to the coronavirus, but that didn't stop the shake-up of college basketball rosters in the City Six.

The 13%, a Group of Black Student-Athletes on Campus, Release Black Lives Matter Video Surrounding Civil Unrest | villanovan.com
“BLACK LIVES MATTER” Within the first three seconds of a one-minute video, the purpose was clear. Black student-athletes are no longer allowing themselves to be muted, as they want to be seen as more than just athletes representing the name on the front of the jersey.

Villanova Leads BIG EAST With Record 370 All-Academic Team Selections | Villanova University Athletics
Villanova led all BIG EAST schools with a record total of 370 student-athletes named to the All-Academic Team which was announced by the conference office

NCAA NIL roundtable: How people inside college sports would change name, image and likeness rules | Sporting News
Jay Wright: “This is something that we should have addressed probably 10 years ago, gradually. But I think that the landscape has forced us, and state legislation has forced us, to have to make a quick decision now.

College basketball's winners and losers of the 2020 NBA draft deadline | ESPN
When the smoke cleared from Monday's NBA draft deadline, a few schools -- and a couple of notable leagues -- were left feeling good about their 2020-21 chances.

2020-2021 College Basketball Post-NBA Draft Entry Top 25 | The Game Haus
College basketball's top 25 post NBA Draft entry with the teams roster of returners and additions with expectations

NCAA Will Make Decision On Start Of College Basketball By September | Forbes
A decision on when the 2020-21 college basketball season will begin is expected by September.