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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.
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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.
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September 22, 2011 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Throughout the current college football realignment circus, Philadelphia has been a "We'll get back to you" kind of town. Nobody has looked at our locals as the answer to prayers. Plan A in any conference hasn't included football games in Philly. "The Big East . . . they're into Plan B," one athletic director told me Wednesday. "Plan A's out. They're not going around cherry-picking. They're just doing the best they can with what's left. " It may be Plan D by now, with E and F next week if more schools leave the Big East Conference.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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March 29, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Entering this NCAA tournament, the overriding question was not only whether Villanova could still succeed at the time of year when the games are the toughest, but whether the Big East Conference itself was constructed of more than just history and pom-poms. In the first two seasons after losing some of its mainstay schools and reforming as a basketball-first conference, the Big East was able to place several teams in the tournament but was unable to do well once it got there. What the league didn't need was for the tournament selection committee to get the notion that the only thing major about the conference was its level of disappointment in March.
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March 26, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - On the narrowing ladder of the NCAA tournament, Villanova reaches for a very high rung Saturday night in an Elite Eight matchup against the Kansas Jayhawks, who merely happen to be the top-ranked men's basketball team in the country. The Wildcats have climbed this far with three tournament wins, one more impressive than the next. Their Thursday dismissal of Miami in the regional semifinal by a score of 92-69 was another thunder-and-lightning mix of rumbling defense and electric offense.
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March 2, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
For the first time in three weeks, Villanova took to the basketball court Monday for practice at the Pavilion no longer the nation's No. 1 team. There was maybe a shrug or two, but no tears. The Wildcats (25-4, 14-2 Big East) yielded the top spot to Kansas in both the Associated Press poll of media members and the USA Today poll of coaches, dipping to No. 3 and No. 2, respectively, after a week that saw them lose, 90-83, at Xavier. Still, life went on. "It's not something that we were walking around like, 'Yeah, we're the No. 1 team in the country,' " junior guard Josh Hart said.
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January 23, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. – Life on the road in the Big East Conference can be a real strain on players and coaches alike, and that applies to Villanova even with its lofty national ranking. For the third straight time on the road, the No. 4 Wildcats were extended for a full 40 minutes but somehow found their way out of it to stay unbeaten in the 2015-16 conference schedule and keep intact their year-long streak without a loss. While Villanova coach Jay Wright wasn't exactly pleased for most of the game with his team's defensive effort Wednesday night against Seton Hall, the defense made key plays in the final minute with the help of 6-foot-11 center Daniel Ochefu and squeaked out a 72-71 victory over the Pirates at the Prudential Center.
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January 21, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
When the 2015-16 basketball season began, Villanova made it look like it was going to rely heavily on three-point shooting to be successful against a difficult schedule. In six of their first 11 games, the Wildcats knocked down 10 or more three-point baskets. The Cats shot more three-point attempts than two-point tries in seven contests, including the night they went 4 of 32 from distance in the loss to Oklahoma. However, since Penn limited Villanova to a season-low one three-pointer on Dec. 28, their last game before the start of the Big East Conference season, the Cats have been winning without an overwhelming reliance on the three-ball.
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January 17, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - When Georgetown defeats Villanova at the Verizon Center - and that has happened four times in their last five meetings there - it's usually because the Hoyas come out of the locker room with fire in their eyes while the Wildcats look to ease into the game. It happened again last year when the Hoyas raced out to a 22-point halftime lead and took a 78-58 victory. That was on Jan. 19, and the sixth-ranked Wildcats haven't tasted defeat in a Big East Conference game since then.
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January 8, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
In its first two Big East Conference games, Villanova captured a pair of wins fueled by excellent shooting, running an offense that could have been described as poetry in motion. But Jay Wright knows that on most nights, Big East games are 40 minutes of bumping and banging and diving to the floor and collisions without one second of poetry. Seton Hall provided that type of test Wednesday night at the Pavilion, but the 11th-ranked Wildcats were ready for the challenge. Daniel Ochefu scored 20 points, grabbed 18 rebounds, and set the tone on the defensive end, lifting the Wildcats to a 72-63 victory over the Pirates in a game played before more than a dozen NBA scouts.
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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.
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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.
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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)
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