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November 6, 2015 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
VILLANOVA FOOTBALL coach Andy Talley is 72 years young. He looks more like 52. Must be all that clean living. His coaching career started in 1979 at St. Lawrence (Canton, N.Y.). He was an assistant at three places before that. Four if you count two seasons at Simsbury (Conn.) High School. He's been here since the program was restored at the FCS level in 1985. And on Saturday, he'll coach his 400th game, as the Wildcats (4-4, 3-2 Colonial) travel to Rhode Island (1-7, 1-4). "That's a lot of games," Talley said, with a smile.
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February 7, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
With so few openings, Villanova went for specific positions with its eight-member football recruiting class. The Wildcats are coming off an 8-4 season in which they won the regular-season Colonial Athletic Association title via tiebreaker and earned a Football Championship Subdivision playoff spot. With much of the team returning, Villanova is considered a contender to win a national championship, something the school accomplished in 2009. So the Wildcats could afford to be choosy.
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April 27, 2002 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Villanova coach Andy Talley hears the question wherever he goes, the one that quickly follows, "Hi, how are you?" How are you going to replace Brian Westbrook? The question has popped up often during this month of Villanova spring football practice, which ends today. It comes from the most passionate to the most casual of Villanova football fans, and with good reason. Westbrook is headed to the Eagles, who made him a third-round draft choice last weekend after a college career that saw him rewrite the record books of the Wildcats and the Atlantic Ten Football Conference, make the All-America team three times and win the 2001 Walter Payton Award as the top player in NCAA Division I-AA.
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October 1, 1992 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Andy Talley calls Tommy Colombo the heart and soul of Villanova's football team. But Colombo is not likely to be the starting quarterback on Saturday afternoon at Boston University. Talley said he has already decided which of his two quarterbacks - Colombo, a senior, or junior Brad Parpan - will start, but he will not announce the decision until game time. However, unless Talley was on a massive misdirection campaign yesterday, it certainly looks as if it will be Parpan. The Wildcats' head coach all but anointed the 6-foot-4 fireballer, who came on in the fourth quarter against Richmond on Sept.
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November 8, 1995 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Villanova quarterback Clint Park stared across the line of scrimmage at his former Navy junior-varsity teammates, and he received a semi-cordial, semi- hostile welcome. It was Oct. 21, and Villanova was in the process of losing, 20-14, at Annapolis. Park had entered the game in relief of starter Tom Marchese, but the Navy players did not want to offer relief to an ex-teammate who transferred to Villanova after one season on the Navy JV. "It was weird," Park said. "I knew nine of their 11 starters on defense.
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August 31, 1988 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova's forthcoming football season will be one of firsts: It will be the Wildcats' inaugural year in the Yankee Conference, perhaps the country's premier Division I-AA league. It will feature Villanova's first Division I-A opponent (Wake Forest) in eight years. It will be played with the first senior-dominated team since Andy Talley resurrected the program more than four years ago. With all this, however, comes pressure. This is the season the Wildcats settle into the schedule they have been aiming for since the program was restored at the Division I-AA level, the reward for those years of toiling in relative anonymity against the Paces, Mercyhursts and Catholic Universities of the world.
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October 23, 1999 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One week after riding the arm of quarterback Chris Boden to save its season, Villanova will try to avoid a letdown today when the Wildcats play Northeastern in an Atlantic Ten game at Villanova Stadium. A letdown would be a logical concern after the Wildcats' 48-45 triple-overtime victory over Connecticut, a game in which Boden threw for a school-record 444 yards and four touchdowns while completing 43 of 69 passes. But Wildcats coach Andy Talley doesn't think the "L" word fits his team, especially now that the goals of an Atlantic Ten championship and a NCAA Division I-AA playoff berth are back within reach.
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November 13, 1994 | By Nathan Webster, FOR THE INQUIRER
For Villanova freshman quarterback Michael Rusnak, there was the sweet: two touchdown passes and 147 passing yards on 13 completions. And there was the sour: three fumbles, the last of which finished off Villanova's final chance late in the fourth quarter, letting the Wildcats fall to New Hampshire, 21-14. And with that, Villanova completed its season with a record of 5-6 overall and 2-6 in the Yankee Conference. This is the first time Villanova has suffered back-to-back losing seasons since football was reinstated at the university in 1985.
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September 19, 1993 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Villanova had gone nearly seven quarters without a big play or a big turnover, or even so much as seeing what the goal line looked like. Then it happened. The Wildcats got two turnovers from their defense and turned them into touchdowns yesterday as they rallied to defeat Fordham, 25-5, at Villanova Stadium. "You can't coach big plays," Wildcats coach Andy Talley said. "We were trying to figure out who would make them. " Free safety Barry Alvis, who led the way with 10 tackles, made the first with an interception of quarterback John Pohlman.
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September 4, 1992 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Villanova football coach Andy Talley has a flair for theatrics. After pinning up on a bulletin board all the preseason football stories about the Wildcats being ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in Division I-AA and right on top of the Yankee Conference, Talley brought the articles to practice and burned them. The coach started a nice little bonfire right on the field. Message sent and message received, Villanova players said. Talley, whose team opens its season tonight at 7 at Villanova Stadium against Division II West Chester, continues to try to bring his players down a peg or two. "We do not feel we're even close to what we were in '91," said Talley, whose Wildcats were 10-2 in 1991.
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April 22, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
VILLANOVA'S football team finished 6-5 last season, after winning 11 times the year before. The Wildcats started as the fourth-ranked team in FCS. Then Walter Payton Award-winning senior quarterback John Robertson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game. They lost the following week to Penn at home, their first loss to the Quakers in 15 meetings; the Quakers' scores including a 90-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Three games later, they lost at Towson by seven, as the Tigers ran back two interceptions for TDs (one an 86-yarder)
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February 5, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
Next season will be Villanova football coach Andy Talley's 32nd and last with the Wildcats before he steps aside so that longtime assistant Mark Ferrante can finally get his shot. So by now he pretty much knows that when it comes to recruiting classes, you can feel as good as you want on signing day, but you never really know for sure until they actually start playing for your program. On Wednesday, Talley's 17 verbal commitments made it official. Many of them will redshirt next season, as usually happens.
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February 5, 2016 | BY MIKE KERN, Staff Writer
NEXT SEASON will be Villanova football coach Andy Talley's 32nd and last with the Wildcats before he steps aside so that longtime assistant Mark Ferrante can finally get his shot. So by now he pretty much knows that when it comes to recruiting classes, you can feel as good as you want on signing day, but you never really know for sure until they actually start playing for your program. On Wednesday, Talley's 17 verbal commitments made it official. Many of them will redshirt next season, as usually happens.
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February 4, 2016 | BY MIKE KERN, Staff Writer
SINCE VILLANOVA'S football program was restored at the FCS level in 1985, coach Andy Talley has had no shortage of prolific quarterbacks to work with. It started with Kirk Schulz, who gave way to Tom Colombo (Rocky Marciano's nephew). Later it was Chris Boden, followed by Brett Gordon (who would finish a very close second to Tony Romo for the Walter Payton award as a senior). Then there was Chris Whitney, who led the Wildcats to a national title, and most recently John Robertson, who did win the Payton in 2014 as a junior.
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January 15, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
WHEN ANDY TALLEY was hired to be the Villanova football coach in May 1984, there "really was nothing" in place other than a field to play on. The program had been dormant for four years before the university decided to bring it back at the level now known as FCS. And Talley, who grew up in Bryn Mawr, was handed the keys after running things for five seasons at Division III St. Lawrence (Canton, N.Y.). "They told me they'd put a trailer up to work out of," Talley recalled. "And I went, 'I don't think so.' " So he "confiscated" two carpenters to build an office at the far end of the stadium that he refers to as "the bomb shelter" and is still using.
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January 15, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
The little stadium just off Lancaster Avenue - the first sight of Villanova's campus if you're coming out from the city - that's Andy Talley's stadium. For more than three decades, his office has been under the grandstand, nearest Lancaster. "The bomb shelter," Talley calls it. Call it Talley Stadium. That would be a big-time move for Villanova, and Andy Talley always fought to be big-time. That would also be the fitting move after Wednesday's announcement that the Wildcats football coach is retiring after the 2016 season, to be replaced by assistant head coach Mark Ferrante, which gets Talley's full endorsement.
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January 14, 2016 | BY MIKE KERN, Staff Writer
By MIKE KERN ANDY TALLEY has been the face of Villanova football since 198 5 4 , when the school brought the program back at the FCS level following a four-year hiatus. And now, at the age of 73, he will make his next season will also be his last. The university will hold a news press conference Wednesday afternoon to announce that 2016 will be Talley's farewell tour through the Colonial Athletic Association, sources have confirmed. Talley's longtime assistant, assistant head coach Mark Ferrante, will succeed him. will as anticipated be his successor.
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December 18, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Staff Writer
FOR THE third time since September, a Villanova football player has donated his bone marrow to try to save someone's life. First it was junior offensive lineman Jake Prus, who was followed a few weeks later by senior wide receiver Jacob Gribb. Now senior cornerback C.J. Logan has joined them. This week he underwent a surgical procedure, and the marrow was then transported to the patient's location for transplant. Logan became part of the registry of potential donors during the annual drive that coach Andy Talley holds each spring and was identified as a close match earlier this fall.
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December 10, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
MARK FERRANTE has been with Andy Talley since he played quarterback for him at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where he was the 1982 Division III Player of the Year and led the Saints to the NCAA semifinals. Five years later he joined Talley's staff at Villanova, where in 2009 he was part of the team that won the FCS championship. Now the Wildcats' assistant head coach/offensive line coach has been named the FCS Assistant of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
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November 23, 2015 | By Matt Jones, For The Inquirer
HARRISONBURG, Va. - For stretches of Saturday's game against James Madison, Villanova freshman quarterback Zach Bednarczyk appeared as though he would lead the Wildcats to an upset win. But his four turnovers - including a costly fumble returned for a touchdown by James Madison's Taylor Reynolds with 3 minutes, 25 seconds left in the fourth quarter - told a different story. The 12th-ranked Dukes scored 21 points off takeaways and clinched a share of the Colonial Athletic Association championship, beating the Wildcats, 38-29, Saturday in front of 17,028 at Bridgeforth Stadium.
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