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May 15, 1991 | By Mel Greenberg, Special to The Inquirer
The traditional men's Big Five format may be history, but the women's round-robin is still alive - at least until 1996. When the school presidents altered the men's City Series competition Monday, the women's Big Five 10-game schedule, which began in 1981, was left alone. That was good news to the women's coaches, who have developed a rapport that was the hallmark of the men's Big Five until financial considerations and conference affiliations got in the way of local friendships.
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April 6, 1994 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Big Five, which has played its City Series basketball games at the Spectrum for the last three seasons, is considering moving games back to campus sites next winter. Athletic directors from the five schools have received what they call attractive offers from the Spectrum and the Palestra to host the City Series games, but sources at three of the five say they are leaning toward a return to home-and-home games in a schedule featuring mostly men's and women's doubleheaders. Dan Baker, the Big Five's executive secretary, said that an offer received from the Palestra, as well as a subsequent comparable offer from the Spectrum, represented about a 50 percent increase in the financial guarantees each school has received from the Spectrum over the last three years.
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December 4, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
JAY WRIGHT is always respectful of the tradition because he grew up revering it and respect is just his way. "It's a Big 5 game," the Villanova coach will say. "Anything can happen. " And that is mostly true - except when Villanova is playing. During its "Decade of Dominance," Villanova is 33-7 in City Series games, with five sweeps. The Wildcats keep breaking their own record for point differential in the four games. Last season's Wildcats now hold the record after winning by a combined 90 points.
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January 21, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
GIVEN THE differing Big 5 constituencies, making Wednesday night's doubleheader at the Palestra a reality was not easy. Eventually, the schools agreed to put self-interest (giving up home games) aside to make it happen. "The last question was getting leagues willing to create byes," said Steve Bilsky, the executive director of the Big 5, who was a driving force behind the DH. "In the end, they all did and it came together. " Whatever it took, the night with La Salle playing Temple, followed by Saint Joseph's-Penn, will be glorious, a perfect celebration on the 60th anniversary of the first Big 5 season.
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June 18, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
The White Sox got even. With the largest regular-season crowd in the history of new Comiskey Park creating a postseason atmosphere and a buzz of excitement seldom present in June, the White Sox jumped out early and beat the Cubs, 5-3, last night. Chicago's two baseball teams, who play just eight miles apart, have now split the first two games of their historic interleague series, their first meeting of consequence since the 1906 World Series. "When you got two teams that close in one city, you kind of expect it," said winning pitcher Doug Drabek, who participated in postseason play for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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January 8, 1990 | By M. G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is item No. 30 on the NCAA convention agenda, and it is innocently titled "Playing and Practice Sessions. " But if approved this week in Dallas, the measure involved would shorten the college basketball season from a maximum of 28 regular-season games to 25. And it could have a profound effect on the Big 5 agreement, which calls for Villanova, Temple, La Salle, St. Joseph's and Penn to play one another once a season through at...
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December 13, 1989 | By M.G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Big 5 and Spectrum officials are discussing a proposal that would put all City Series games under the Spectrum's roof - perhaps as early as next season. Dan Baker, executive director of the Big 5, said yesterday that he had met with Carl Hirsh, president of the Spectrum, and that there was "interest both ways" in relocating Big 5 games to the Spectrum. City Series games are now played at the home sites of the respective schools. Before the 1986 season, when Villanova and Temple moved their games on campus, all Big 5 games were played at the Palestra.
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January 10, 1990 | By Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
The NCAA Convention vote to reduce the maximum number of regular-season basketball games from 28 to 25 could impact greatly on the Atlantic 10 Conference's decision regarding its future membership in the wake of Penn State's departure for the Big 10. The Atlantic 10 will begin serious discussions here today regarding whether to remain a nine-team league or expand to 10 or more teams. Conference sources said that as a result of passage of the 25-game rule, the A-10 might be forced to stay at nine teams, at least until after next year's convention, when Proposal 30's 25-game limit will return to the floor for more debate.
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January 26, 1993 | By Mel Greenberg, FOR THE INQUIRER
Villanova took a brief break from its women's basketball wars in the Big East Conference to beat Penn, 59-49, at the Palestra last night and assure itself no worse than second place in City Series competition. The Wildcats finished 3-1 in the Big Five and moved closer to .500 overall on the season at 7-8. Unfortunately, the modest two-game win streak may be short-lived because Villanova must travel to Big East-leader Connecticut tomorrow night. "They surprised us," said Penn coach Julie Soriero.
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November 27, 2001 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To raise the curtain on what figures to be a very interesting season of City Series competition, the Big Five presents its two new coaches, Jay Wright of Villanova and Billy Hahn of La Salle, and their considerably unpredictable teams. The Wildcats and the Explorers meet tonight at the Pavilion, and each coach is wondering just what he's going to see from his team - to such an extent that neither man seems all that concerned with what makes his opponent dangerous. "What you have is two teams that have new coaches who are trying to implement their systems and their styles of play," Hahn said yesterday.
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February 19, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
Analyzing Villanova's 83-67 win over Temple on Wednesday night: What happened: Villanova freshman Jalen Brunson hit nine of 11 field goals and scored a career-high 25 points in a semi-hostile environment as Villanova won 83-67. What it means for Villanova : It once again flexed its muscle as the dominant program in the city. Much of the acrimony directed toward Brunson was because his father was a star for the Owls from 1991-95. Shouts of "traitor" and other venom were occasionally heard from the crowd.
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February 18, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
When Jalen Brunson was establishing himself as one of the nation's top basketball players at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., he was recruited by a number of colleges, but the expectation was that he would attend Temple because both of his parents went there. Brunson wound up committing to a Big Five school, but it was Villanova, not Temple. So when he accompanies the nation's No. 1 team into the Liacouras Center on Wednesday night for its game against the Owls, more than a few folks wearing Cherry and White may be inclined to let the freshman know how they felt about his choice of colleges.
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February 15, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
St. Joseph's, which has lost once since Jan. 5, is trying to get into the NCAA tournament. La Salle, which has won once since Thanksgiving, is just trying salvage anything out of a forgettable season while it awaits the arrival of three promising transfers who had to sit out a year. But when Big Five teams get together, well, history tells us that sometimes you never know what might be possible. Or not. The two teams met three weeks ago at 20th and Olney, with St. Joe's winning by 21. Saturday night at Hagan Arena it turned out to be more of the same.
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January 22, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
HEADING INTO the second game of Wednesday night's Big 5 60th anniversary doubleheader at the Palestra, Mr. Bracketology had Saint Joseph's as one of his first four teams out of the projected NCAA Tournament field. This, for a team picked to finish seventh in the Atlantic 10, with most of the same cast back from a 13-win team that lost a bunch of close ones. And, of course, for whatever that means with seven weeks to go until Selection Sunday. Then again, how many figured the Hawks would even have put themselves into the equation?
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January 21, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
GIVEN THE differing Big 5 constituencies, making Wednesday night's doubleheader at the Palestra a reality was not easy. Eventually, the schools agreed to put self-interest (giving up home games) aside to make it happen. "The last question was getting leagues willing to create byes," said Steve Bilsky, the executive director of the Big 5, who was a driving force behind the DH. "In the end, they all did and it came together. " Whatever it took, the night with La Salle playing Temple, followed by Saint Joseph's-Penn, will be glorious, a perfect celebration on the 60th anniversary of the first Big 5 season.
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January 15, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
AS ONE of the legendary seasons in Big 5 history was just about to hit its peak 50 years ago, the players had no way of knowing this was the final college run for Jack Ramsay, the coach who transformed little St. Joseph's College from an afterthought when the Big 5 began in the 1955-56 season to early City Series domination to national power, ranked No. 1 by Sports Illustrated before that 1965-66 season began. In the final three games before Ramsay became the head coach in 1955, the Hawks lost to Delaware, Muhlenberg and Lafayette (83-65)
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September 6, 2015
DEFENDING Atlantic 10 champion Virginia Commonwealth will open Saint Joseph's basketball's home conference season on Jan. 5, as the Hawks have announced their full schedule for the 2015-16 season. The Hawks open A-10 play on Jan. 2 with a visit to Richmond that will be nationall televised on NBC Sports Network. Other highlights of the conference schedule include St. Joe's first visit to Davidson, which just joined the A-10 last season. Previously announced games for the Hawks include participation in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, which an opening game in that early-season event against visiting Niagara on Nov. 15 and Buffalo on Nov. 18. They continue play in that event against Florida at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Nov. 21, followed by a matchup against Purdue or Old Dominion the next night.
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August 28, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Second in an occasional series on the 100th anniversary of the Phillies' first pennant. The late-inning drama that produced the Yankees' 3-2 win in Game 3 of their 1950 World Series matchup with the Phillies was enough to occupy the sportswriters in Yankee Stadium's press box. The strange visitor seated in a back-row corner hardly crossed their radar. Some of those who noticed the old man were spooked. His right ear was missing. His face was an angry red, his scowl embedded. A thick shock of white hair was as disheveled as the clothes he wore.
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July 17, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
WHEN STEVE BILSKY retired as Penn athletic director and became executive director of the Big 5, he had a few thoughts on how to revive the City Series. As he told the Daily News in February, he wanted to open the series with a doubleheader at the Palestra next season to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Big 5. Done. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Temple will play La Salle and Saint Joseph's will play Penn. Villanova is not playing for a very simple reason. Only four teams can play.
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February 5, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
IF SOME DETAILS can be worked out and all the Big 5 schools are satisfied, the Daily News has learned that an annual City Series doubleheader at the Palestra could begin a 5-year run as soon as next season, the Big 5's 60th anniversary. Steve Bilsky, the executive director of the Big 5 since retiring as Penn athletic director last year, confirmed that the doubleheader concept is very much possible. "Each of the schools [other than Penn] would move a minimal number of home games to the Palestra over the 5-year cycle," Bilsky said.
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