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March 7, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - Temple University athletic director Bill Bradshaw knew that Wednesday would be special as he drove down the Schuylkill Expressway at 6:30 a.m. and turned on the car radio. "The sun is shining, there's not a cloud in the sky, and . . . it's Ruby and the Romantics from 1963," Bradshaw said. "The song is 'Our Day Will Come,' and I said, this is going to be a special day. "So that's how it started out. " It ended as one of the more notable days in the history of the Owls' athletic program, and a satisfying day of vindication as well.
SPORTS
March 25, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
B.J. Johnson, a former Lower Merion basketball standout who is transferring from Syracuse after two seasons, committed Monday to continue his career at La Salle. Johnson's father, Bobby, was a sharpshooting wing guard for ex-coach Speedy Morris and the Explorers from 1986 to 1990. "I couldn't be happier about B.J.'s decision," the Southern High School graduate said. "There's a legacy there which I think he'll eclipse. " A 6-foot-7, 190-pound sophomore forward, B.J. Johnson averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 25 games for Syracuse in the recently completed season.
SPORTS
January 20, 2013
The Big East Conference announced its revised 2013 football opponents and game sites Friday. Temple will host Central Florida, Connecticut, Houston, and defending conference champion Louisville in home games at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls will travel to Cincinnati, Memphis, Rutgers, and Southern Methodist. Rutgers will play conference home games against Houston, Cincinnati, South Florida and Temple. The Scarlet Knights will travel to SMU, Central Florida, Connecticut, and Louisville.
NEWS
February 29, 2012
The Temple board of trustees didn't vote about whether to accept an offer to join the Big East Conference - if an offer is made - during Wednesday's conference call meeting, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. However, one source said the group did disucss how it would pay any fees needed to exit its present conferences. Patrick J. O'Connor, chairman of Temple's board of trustees, did not return phone calls, and Ray Betzner, the Temple assistant vice president of university communications, could not be reached for comment.
SPORTS
October 18, 2013 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
NEW YORK - National heavyweights such as defending NCAA champion Connecticut, runner-up Louisville, Rutgers, and Notre Dame have left the Big East Conference, but barriers still exist for Villanova's women's basketball team. Coach Harry Perretta's team was picked fourth by the conference coaches in the Big East preseason poll, which was released Wednesday. DePaul, which has usually appeared in the national polls, was picked to finish first. The Blue Demons' Brittany Hrynko was named preseason player of the year and Georgetown's Shayla Cooper was the top rookie.
SPORTS
October 27, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Sophomore Sarah Yerk (Pennridge) tallied two goals and junior Jordan Martin had a goal and an assist to lead St. Joseph's (5-11 overall, 2-2 Atlantic Ten) past visiting St. Louis, 3-1, in field hockey on Friday. It was the first multigoal game for Yerk, while Martin tied her career-best with her seventh goal of the season and extended her career-high with her seventh assist. In its final home game, Temple earned a 5-1 win over Georgetown in Big East Conference action, clinching a spot in the four-team league tournament.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
DePaul women's coach Doug Bruno sees his program as a worthy successor to the former league powerhouses Connecticut and Notre Dame. The No. 23 Blue Demons made their case Tuesday with their first Big East Conference tournament championship - a 65-57 victory over St. John's in the finale in Rosemont, Ill. It was the first women's championship game for the realigned conference since UConn and Notre Dame departed last year for the American Athletic...
SPORTS
March 28, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The soon-to-be-renamed Big East Conference announced Tuesday that it has an agreement with longtime partner CBS Sports to televise men's basketball games through the 2019-20 season. Financial terms of the agreement were not announced. "We are delighted to be extending the historic and successful relationship that we have enjoyed with CBS Sports since 1983," Big East president Mike Aresco said in a statement. "This agreement further illustrates the excitement and anticipation that surround the reinvention of our conference, and it will provide our fans across the country the opportunity to watch our games on network television.
NEWS
April 10, 2011 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
According to a source within the Big East Conference, Villanova's board of trustees will not hold an anticipated Tuesday vote on whether to move up to Division I-A and join the Big East for football because the conference's football members are not ready to sign off on the Wildcats' plans. The chief sticking point, according to the source, is Villanova's plan to use PPL Park in Chester, the 18,500-seat home of the Philadelphia Union, as its primary venue. PPL Park would be the smallest stadium in the league.
SPORTS
March 11, 2011 | Daily News Staff Report
The men's basketball program at Villanova made a profit of $1.5 million in the 2009-10 academic year, according to Forbes magazine. Villanova's program brought in $7.6 million in revenue, eighth in the Big East Conference. The Wildcats' expenses were $6.1 million, for a profit of $1.5 million, also eighth in the Big East. Forbes said its source for the financial information is the U.S. Department of Education. Here is how the rest of the Big East ranks in terms of profitability: 1)
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March 25, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
B.J. Johnson, a former Lower Merion basketball standout who is transferring from Syracuse after two seasons, committed Monday to continue his career at La Salle. Johnson's father, Bobby, was a sharpshooting wing guard for ex-coach Speedy Morris and the Explorers from 1986 to 1990. "I couldn't be happier about B.J.'s decision," the Southern High School graduate said. "There's a legacy there which I think he'll eclipse. " A 6-foot-7, 190-pound sophomore forward, B.J. Johnson averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 25 games for Syracuse in the recently completed season.
SPORTS
January 21, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The target on Villanova's back appears to get larger when the Wildcats rise higher in the polls, and Georgetown came out Monday night with a purpose and made headlines by knocking off the No. 4 team in the country at the Verizon Center. The Hoyas blitzed the Wildcats with a 17-0 run in the first half, grew the lead to as high as 26 points and fought off a mild comeback try by 'Nova in the second half to run away with a 78-58 upset that knocked the visitors out of first place in the Big East.
SPORTS
January 1, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova coach Jay Wright vividly remembers his team's game at Butler last season because it opened the "new" Big East Conference schedule and marked the first visit by Wright and the Wildcats to legendary Hinkle Fieldhouse. "My first thought is just an epic battle we played last year at Hinkle Fieldhouse, sold out, an overtime game, a great game that it was a thrill to be a part of as a coach," Wright said of the Cats' 76-73 win in Indianapolis. The sixth-ranked Wildcats (12-0)
SPORTS
October 24, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Always a team guy throughout his Villanova career, Darrun Hilliard found fault Wednesday with the fact that the Big East Conference preseason player of the year did not come from his team. "It's wrong. I think it's wrong," Hilliard said during Big East media day at Madison Square Garden. "I don't believe it. It is what it is. They have their opinions. I don't understand it. We'll see at the end of the year. " In a vote of the league's coaches, Georgetown junior guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was chosen as the preseason player of the year.
SPORTS
August 9, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Drexel athletic director Eric Zillmer had no doubt Thursday's vote by the NCAA Division I board of directors would grant approval for the "Power Five" conferences to gain the autonomy to chart their own course. He also has no doubt this is the wrong course for college sports. He hopes schools override the vote, as Drexel plans to do. Zillmer believes the Big Ten, Pac-12, Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, and Big 12 are grabbing fistfuls of more power by hiding behind what Zillmer calls "their version of enhancing student welfare.
SPORTS
May 7, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Big East Conference was looking for a way to honor its founder, Dave Gavitt, on the basketball court and the Big Ten Conference was more than willing to oblige. At a news conference Monday in New York, the two leagues announced the creation of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, a series of eight men's basketball games - four home contests each for Big East and Big Ten schools - that will be played over four straight days during the initial week of the season. The series will begin in the 2015-16 season and continue through 2022-23.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
DePaul women's coach Doug Bruno sees his program as a worthy successor to the former league powerhouses Connecticut and Notre Dame. The No. 23 Blue Demons made their case Tuesday with their first Big East Conference tournament championship - a 65-57 victory over St. John's in the finale in Rosemont, Ill. It was the first women's championship game for the realigned conference since UConn and Notre Dame departed last year for the American Athletic...
SPORTS
March 12, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The numbers next to Villanova's name entering Big East Conference tournament week are impressive by any standard - 1 representing the Wildcats' seeding in the event, 3 standing for their ranking in the latest Associated Press poll. But with that comes extra motivation from Villanova's opponents, starting Thursday at Madison Square Garden with either Seton Hall or Butler. To spoil Villanova's chances at its first Big East tournament championship of the 13-year Jay Wright era, not to mention removing it from a No. 1 regional seeding in the NCAAs, is their goal.
SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jay Wright gave his Villanova players the opportunity to celebrate their Big East Conference regular-season championship with commemorative T-shirts, and he even donned one himself Saturday after the Wildcats concluded an exceptional run through the league. But once the Wildcats finish enjoying themselves, they will begin the really hard work. And that's not just on the basketball court. The sixth-ranked Wildcats showed they had no intention of relaxing with the title safely in hand, rolling to a methodical, 77-59 victory over Georgetown before a crowd of 18,828 at the Wells Fargo Center.
SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - No one said it would be easy for Villanova to come to Xavier and play in a venue where the host team had lost just one game all season and clinch the Big East Conference regular-season championship, even though the Musketeers were without their best inside player. Well, if you're attempting to win the outright crown for the first time since the 1981-82 season, it's not supposed to be easy. With a 12-point lead late, what looked like a 'Nova victory Thursday night turned into a scary experience in the final 1 minute, 11 seconds before free throws by Josh Hart and James Bell finally salted away the sixth-ranked Wildcats' 77-70 victory at the Cintas Center and the No. 1 seed in next week's conference tournament.
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