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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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October 13, 2001 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Perhaps Villanova should have tried harder to get a game against a Division I-A opponent for the nonconference slot in its schedule. Whatever might have happened against a powerhouse couldn't have been as embarrassing as what did happen against New Haven last night. The Wildcats were flatter than bad champagne. They hurt themselves with turnovers and mistakes. The Chargers, a Division II team, fed off this ineptitude and showed no fear against the 12th-ranked team in Division I-AA.
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September 23, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
SOMETIMES it's a matter of waiting for your turn. Even when it feels like it's taking forever. All Taurus Phillips wanted to do was contribute. But the 5-9 wideout didn't play much two years ago as a Villanova freshman. Last season he caught 15 passes, fifth-most on a team that finished 6-5 after losing its award-winning starting quarterback early on with an injury. Coming back, his coach didn't know what to expect. "Usually when a receiver hasn't really shown up prior to his junior year, you begin to wonder if you recruited the right guy," Andy Talley said.
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September 16, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
VILLANOVA finished 6-5 last season, despite losing Walter Payton Award-winning quarterback John Robertson early and most of their running backs by November. If the Wildcats had gone 7-4, they probably would have made the NCAA playoffs. The wounds were mostly self-inflected. The Wildcats had a fumble returned for a length-of-the-field touchdown against them in an 11-point September home loss to Penn. They gave up three non-offensive touchdowns in a season-ending, nine-point loss at James Madison, when they still had a chance to earn a share of the Colonial Athletic Association title.
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September 12, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
Any journey that starts with playoff aspirations probably shouldn't begin with back-to-back losses. Yet for Villanova, it nearly did. Under Andy Talley, who's in his 32nd and final season, the Wildcats were 26-5 in home openers. One of those blemishes came in 2006 to Lehigh. The only one since then happened five years ago. Saturday night on the Main Line, seven days after they were beaten at Pitt by 21, the Wildcats hosted a Lehigh team that had lost last week by two points to visiting Monmouth.
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September 9, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
VILLANOVA'S SEASON started last weekend with a 28-7 loss at FBS Pitt. But now the journey gets underway for real Saturday night when the Wildcats host Lehigh, which opened with a 23-21 home loss to Monmouth. 'Nova had nothing to lose at Pitt. From here on out, that's no longer the case. Not if you're a team that wants to make the FCS playoffs for the sixth time in nine years in this, Andy Talley's 32nd and last season. Next week, they host Towson, which beat the Wildcats last year, in their Colonial Athletic Association opener.
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September 4, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
Villanova at Pitt Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Heinz Field TV: ACC Network Extra (available on ESPN3). Radio: 610 Sports (WTEL-AM) History: Pitt leads, 2-0. It's the first meeting since 1998. About Villanova: The Wildcats, entering their 32nd and final season under Andy Talley, return five starters on each side of the ball from a 6-5 team. . . . They were picked to finish fourth in the CAA. . . . Talley is 3-16 against FBS opponents, having lost the last six. . . . QB Zach Bednarczyk, who replaced Walter Payton award winner John Robertson in game three, was the co-CAA Rookie of the Year.
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September 2, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
The game had just ended, Pittsburgh had survived over Villanova, 48-41. Pitt coach Walt Harris walked over to shake hands with Villanova coach Andy Talley. "The first thing he said, 'Who in the hell is No. 20?' " Talley said this week. Suspend any knowledge you have of Brian Westbrook. Block out his Eagles glory years. Don't focus on the entirety of his Villanova career. Go back to September 1998 and the opening game of Westbrook's sophomore season. All Westbrook did on a hot afternoon at Pitt Stadium, in his first game as Villanova's clear-cut No. 1 tailback, was go for 428 all-purpose yards.
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September 1, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
ON SATURDAY afternoon at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, Andy Talley's 32nd and final season as Villanova's football coach will begin. For the 12th straight year, the Wildcats are opening against an FBS program on the road. This time, the opponent is Pitt, which has 16 starters back from an 8-5 team - plus James Conner, who rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2014 before sitting out last season with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The Wildcats - with five starters back on each side of the ball from a 6-5 club - aren't supposed to win. In these spots, they rarely are. That hasn't stopped them from lining up. "It's a necessary evil," said Talley, whose team was picked to finish fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association.
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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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