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September 1, 2010 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Matt Szczur got the word last fall - he was a match, his bone marrow might save the life of a sick little girl - "The first thing I said to my mom: 'There's no doubt in my mind. This girl is going to live.' " Whatever he had inside, Szczur wholeheartedly believed it could be of use to this little girl. Szczur's friends had the same exact thought. "We said if it worked for anyone on the team, it would be him," said John Dempsey, Szczur's Villanova football teammate and four-year roommate.
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July 29, 2010 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
BALTIMORE - Andy Talley paraded around M&T Bank Stadium on Wednesday, getting props for winning the national championship last year. Shaking numerous hands and constantly pursued by interview seekers, the Villanova coach was the main attraction at the Colonial Athletic Association Media Day event. And with just cause. Villanova wideout Matt Szczur (on offense) and linebacker Terence Thomas (on defense) swept the conference's preseason player-of-the-year honors. Wildcats quarterback Chris Whitney, who beat out Delaware's Pat Devlin for league honors, is among Villanova's other five preseason all-conference picks.
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August 19, 2014 | Staff Report
MATT SZCZUR, a former baseball and football standout at Villanova, was called up to the Chicago Cubs yesterday. In the game against the Mets, Szczur entered as a pinch-runner in the eighth and remained in the game playing rightfield. He grounded into a fielder's choice in his only at-bat of the Cubs' 2-1 win. Szczur was promoted from the Cubs' Triple A farm team in Iowa, where he was batting .261 with 30 stolen basesand 52 runs scored in 116 games. He is in his fourth full season and fifth overall as a pro after being drafted in the fifth round in 2010 by the Cubs.
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October 2, 2010
TV/Radio: MYPHL17; ESPN 950-AM. Records: Villanova 3-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association; William and Mary 3-1, 1-1. Coaches: Villanova, Andy Talley (26th season, 182-103-1). William and Mary, Jimmye Laycock (31st season, 203-142). Series: William and Mary leads, 14-13-1. Villanova outlook: Top-ranked Villanova visits William and Mary in a rematch of last year's Football Championship Subdivision semifinal, with the Wildcats riding a six-game winning streak against the Tribe.
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September 18, 2010 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Do-it-all wide Villanova receiver Matt Szczur will don another hat when the Wildcats host Towson in their home opener on Saturday. With backup freshman quarterback Dustin Thomas out due to a throat infection, Szczur will slide into that spot behind starter Chris Whitney. Szczur, who also returns kicks and leads Villanova in all-purpose yards, is second on the team in both rushing and receiving. "I'm hoping Whitney can last through the game," said Villanova coach Andy Talley, whose team is ranked No. 1 in the Football Championship Subdivision.
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November 18, 2010 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova wideout Matt Szczur is leaning toward playing in Saturday's regular-season finale at Delaware. But the injured all-American said he may not make up his mind until Friday or Saturday morning. Szczur has been sidelined for the last six games with a left high-ankle sprain. "It's still not 100 percent," he said of his ankle. "It's the coaching staff and myself who want to make sure that I'm 100 percent to go out there. " The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder sprained his ankle on his first touch of the Sept.
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February 17, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Villanova has enjoyed a strong recent run at the Football Championship Subdivision level, and one of the reasons for the success is the ability to recruit top performers from South Jersey - specifically, the Cape-Atlantic League. The South Jersey pipeline continued Wednesday, as four of Villanova's 14 recruits were from the area. Defensive back Rob Rolle of Delsea was the only South Jersey player not from the Cape-Atlantic. The Cape recruits were linebacker Jeff Steeb (Holy Spirit), receiver Alex Padovani (Hammonton)
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January 19, 2011 | By MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
Sources familiar with the situation have confirmed a Baseball America report that Villanova's two-sport standout, Matt Szczur, most likely will forgo the NFL to continue pursuing a baseball career with the Chicago Cubs. Szczur, who is in Florida training for what was supposed to be his appearance in the Jan. 29 Senior Bowl, was not available for comment. He will not be playing in that game now. Last June, he was taken in the fifth round of the major league draft and signed for $100,000, with another $500,000 due on Feb. 10 if he did not opt to play football.
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December 13, 2009 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Villanova coach Andy Talley has become an extraordinarily popular guy along the Main Line lately. Taking your football team to a national championship game will do that for a football coach. Villanova (13-1) will face Montana (14-0) for the Football Championship Subdivision crown at 8 p.m. Friday at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. Montana, which will make its second consecutive NCAA final appearance, advanced by defeating visiting Appalachian State, 24-17, yesterday in snowy Missoula.
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July 2, 2010 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Staff Writer
Baseball or football? For Matt Szczur, Villanova's two-sport standout, the short-term answer is both. Szczur, who will be a senior, has signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs that will allow him to play for the Wildcats' football team this fall, the university announced Thursday. As a junior, Szczur helped Villanova win the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision title by rushing for a career-best 159 yards in a 23-21 victory over Montana in the final. The all-purpose player was named the Division I-AA title game's most outstanding player.
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August 19, 2014 | Staff Report
MATT SZCZUR, a former baseball and football standout at Villanova, was called up to the Chicago Cubs yesterday. In the game against the Mets, Szczur entered as a pinch-runner in the eighth and remained in the game playing rightfield. He grounded into a fielder's choice in his only at-bat of the Cubs' 2-1 win. Szczur was promoted from the Cubs' Triple A farm team in Iowa, where he was batting .261 with 30 stolen basesand 52 runs scored in 116 games. He is in his fourth full season and fifth overall as a pro after being drafted in the fifth round in 2010 by the Cubs.
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August 18, 2014 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Baseball news from a somewhat unlikely source: Villanova football coach Andy Talley tweeted that former Wildcats star receiver Matt Szczur is being called up from triple-A Iowa to the Chicago Cubs. Besides Talley's tweet, multiple reports Saturday confirmed that the 25-year-old Lower Cape May grad is on his way to the bigs. Szczur, now an outfielder with speed (30 stolen bases with Iowa) and a good glove but weakish bat (.261) could make his major-league debut Sunday against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
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February 17, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Villanova has enjoyed a strong recent run at the Football Championship Subdivision level, and one of the reasons for the success is the ability to recruit top performers from South Jersey - specifically, the Cape-Atlantic League. The South Jersey pipeline continued Wednesday, as four of Villanova's 14 recruits were from the area. Defensive back Rob Rolle of Delsea was the only South Jersey player not from the Cape-Atlantic. The Cape recruits were linebacker Jeff Steeb (Holy Spirit), receiver Alex Padovani (Hammonton)
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September 28, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova's football team will head to the road for the third time on Saturday. But unlike the first two games away from Villanova Stadium, this one will require more than a short bus ride. After playing Temple at Lincoln Financial Field to open the season and facing Penn last week at Franklin Field, Villanova will visit Maine at 3:30 p.m. in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup. The Wildcats (3-1 overall, 1-0 CAA) have won three in a row since the opening, 41-10 loss to Temple.
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September 2, 2011
HERE IS the problem with Temple-Villanova: No poisoned trees. No quarterbacks for sale. No Ponzi-scheming boosters tossing parties on yachts. No sanctimonious, vest-wearing coaches. No academic fraud. Really, the third Mayor's Cup could not be college football 2011. Even the mayor hasn't been indicted or even implicated. This was simply a football game at the Linc between schools playing for the 32nd time, teams in different divisions, players there mostly for the love of the game, coaches in it for the right reasons.
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September 2, 2011 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Talk about a great start to the Steve Addazio era at Temple. It was earsplitting. It was jaw-dropping. It was big footprints of fresh cherry and white pounding a path over an inexperienced and overmatched opponent. It was Temple 42, Villanova 7 in the third annual Mayor's Cup game before a crowd of 32,638 at Lincoln Financial Field. "It was a thrill to come out here," Addazio said. "I'm awful proud of the football team. I'm awful proud of our football staff. These first games are all about coming out and playing physical and playing hard and I thought that happened.
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September 1, 2011 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
By now, the Philadelphia area knows Steve Addazio is a master motivator and solid recruiter. Thursday night, fans will get a glimpse of Addazio, the in-game coach. That's when Temple officially begins the Addazio era against Villanova in the third annual Mayor's Cup game at Lincoln Financial Field. As of now, the rivalry game is not scheduled past next season. "I'm pretty fired up about it," said Addazio, a longtime college assistant making his head coaching debut.
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August 30, 2011 | by Mike Kern, kernm@phillynews.com
YOU COULD make the argument that no team in Division I-AA, or FCS, has been more successful over the last three seasons than Villanova. The Wildcats made it to the national quarterfinals in 2008, won the title in 2009 and got back to the semifinals last year despite dealing with injuries to two of their most important parts, Matt Szczur and Chris Whitney. So, what now? Well, they've been picked to finish seventh in the always-rugged Colonial Athletic Association. Yet one poll also has them ranked No. 15. In the country.
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August 30, 2011 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
After making it to the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the second straight year, Villanova will enter the 2011 season looking to overcome the absence of a senior class that last fall finished with a four-year record of 40-13. The Wildcats opener is Thursday against host Temple in the Mayor's Cup at Lincoln Financial Field. Villanova coach Andy Talley, whose squad is coming off a 9-5 finish, will start six freshmen. The Wildcats, picked by league coaches to finish seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association, were nevertheless slotted at No. 18 in the FCS coaches preseason national poll, and No. 14 in the Sports Network ratings.
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