September 3, 2015 |
The first time, Matt Szczur said, it kind of catches you off guard. You make the big leagues out of spring training, but April is barely half over when you're called into the manager's office. The general manager is in there, too, they're telling you that they want you to get regular at-bats, that they're real happy with you, but that you're going back to triple A. It's not a shock anymore. Szczur, the former Villanova football all-American and baseball star from Lower Cape May High School, now 26 years old, has shuttled between the Chicago Cubs and their top farm club 10 times this season.
September 1, 2010 |
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.
July 29, 2010 |
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.
August 19, 2014 |
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.
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.
September 18, 2010 |
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.
November 18, 2010 |
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.
February 17, 2014 |
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)
January 19, 2011 |
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.
December 13, 2009 |
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.