November 9, 2014 |
Chip Kelly looked around at a Mission Viejo High School practice 10 years ago and saw coaches from Southern Cal, Stanford, and Texas. Kelly was the offensive coordinator at New Hampshire, recruiting a different caliber of prospect. They were all watching the No. 1 high school quarterback in the country: Mark Sanchez. "I just thought, that kid is a really good player," Kelly said. "I wasn't talking to him that day, I'll tell you that. " Kelly signed Sanchez's backup, R.J. Toman, and made other trips to the school while recruiting in California.
November 1, 2014 |
Villanova's ability to win in Virginia will go a long way toward determining if the Wildcats will win at least a share of the Colonial Athletic Association football title. The Wildcats are 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the CAA heading into the game Saturday at Richmond. The only other team unbeaten in CAA action is New Hampshire, which will not play Villanova this season. As for playing in Virginia, the Wildcats had their toughest Football Championship Subdivision test this season when they won, 35-31, at William and Mary on Oct. 18. Villanova expects an equally tough game against Richmond (6-2, 3-1)
October 17, 2014 |
YOU DIDN'T need a Ph.D in schedule-ology to know back in August the two games most likely to define Villanova's CAA season were bunched within 2 weeks of each other and would take place in Virginia. The first has arrived. Tomorrow afternoon the Wildcats (5-1, 3-0) - who moved up a spot to fifth in the FCS rankings - will be at No. 15 William & Mary (4-2, 1-1). On Nov. 1 they will travel to No. 19 Richmond (4-2, 1-1), following their homecoming against Morgan State (3-3). If the Wildcats want to put themselves in postion to have a good playoff run, which means not going on the road for as long as possible, this is where you begin to really make that convincing closing statement.
October 14, 2014 |
PLAYERS OF THE WEEKEND National - Freshman Nick Chubb, subbing for the suspended Todd Gurley, rushed for 143 yards on 38 carries as Georgia won at Missouri, 34-0, in a game that probably decided the SEC East. Local - Delaware Valley's Aaron Wilmer threw for five touchdowns and ran for another as the Aggies (5-0, 4-0 Middle Atlantic Conference), ranked 24th in Division III, beat No. 23 Lycoming (5-1, 4-1) at home, 52-42. It's the most points allowed by Lyco since 1949.
September 19, 2014 |
VILLANOVA, the seventh-ranked team in FCS, was a missed short field goal away from winning its opener at FBS Syracuse. Two weeks ago, the Wildcats beat then-No. 11 Fordham by 44 at home. So what now? Following a rare early bye, the Wildcats will have a rare early matchup against visiting James Madison (2-1) in the first CAA game for both. Coach Andy Talley has been around long enough to know that in-conference is where his squad will define itself this regular season. "Traditionally, JMU is the most athletic team in the CAA," Talley said.
August 15, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Eagles and Patriots moved their joint practice from 2 p.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday to avoid thunder and lightning, but they still practiced in heavy rain. It was closed to fans because of the weather. Otherwise, it was simply a wetter version of a typical practice. "Put some galoshes on and go play," coach Chip Kelly said. The teams had a contingency to use the Patriots' indoor facility. With about 180 combined players and two full coaching staffs, they preferred to remain outside.
August 13, 2014 |
As Gov. Christie travels the country to support Republicans running for governor, he also is charting a course that could bear on his ability to seek the party's nomination for president in 2016. Christie has traveled to 21 states as chairman of the Republican Governors Association - a tally that will grow to 26 by the end of the month, according to the RGA. The governor is due to head to Maine on Tuesday and Alabama and Mississippi on Wednesday. Among the states Christie has visited are several with early primaries and caucuses that will be key to the 2016 contest, including Iowa and New Hampshire - trips that drew wide media attention - and South Carolina, where Christie is expected to head in September.
July 25, 2014 |
BALTIMORE - Pressure? Yo, when you're the quarterback for Villanova, which has always been known for moving the football, hefty expectations are pretty much part of the deal. To the surprise of nobody, fourth-year Wildcat junior John Robertson was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year at the annual CAA media day at M&T Bank Stadium. But as Villanova found out a year ago, projections mean absolutely zilch once you start playing. The Wildcats, the pick to win the league, started fifth in the national polls last season.
July 25, 2014 |
BALTIMORE - It's been quite a preseason for Villanova junior quarterback John Robertson, and practice hasn't even started. Earlier this month, Robertson was among 20 players named to the watch list for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision. Robertson also has been named a third-team FCS all-American by the Sports Network. The honors continued Wednesday, when Robertson was named the Colonial Athletic Association's preseason offensive player of the year.
July 24, 2014
Villanova will be televised five times during the 2014 football season, as the Colonial Athletic Association announced its 24-game TV schedule on Tuesday. Delaware will also be televised four times. Here is the CAA schedule: Date Game Time TV AUGUST 29 Villanova at Syracuse 7:30 ESPN3 30 Delaware at Pittsburgh Noon ESPN3 ESPNews 30 James Madison at Maryland 3:30 BTN 30 Elon at Duke 6 ESPN3 30 Holy Cross at UAlbany 6 ESPN3 30 New Hampshire at Toledo 7 ESPN3 SEPTEMBER 7 Lehigh at New Hampshire 3:30 ASN 20 James Madison at Villanova 12:30 CSN 20 New Hampshire at Richmond 4 CSN 20 Charlotte at Elon 7 ASN 27 Delaware at James Madison 4 CSN 27 Maine at Towson 7 CSN OCTOBER 4 Stony Brook at Towson 3:30 CSN 11 Towson at James Madison 12:30 CSN 11 William & Mary at N. Hampshire 3:30 NBCSN 11 Maine at Stony Brook 7 ASN 18 Towson at Delaware 12:30 CSN 18 Rhode Island at Richmond 3:30 ASN 25 Maine at Rhode Island Noon ASN 25 Delaware at William & Mary 12:30 CSN NOVEMBER 1 Villanova at Richmond 12:30 CSN 1 William...