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January 28, 1998 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Like father, like son. Like grandfather. When La Salle High quarterback Brett Gordon, the most prolific touchdown-thrower in state scholastic history, today reveals his college destination in a 2:30 press conference at the school, he is expected to opt, according to a source, for Villanova. The 5-10 1/2, 170-pound Gordon said earlier this week that he was down to 'Nova and Lehigh. At 'Nova, Gordon would attempt to become a third-generation signal-caller. His father, Drew, was a quarterback at 'Nova from 1969 to '71. His grandfather, Andy, played QB at 'Nova from '46 to '48 and in the Canadian Football League.
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September 22, 1989 | By M.G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Junior tailback Jeff Dingle, Villa-nova's leading rusher last season, left the team yesterday for what Wildcats coach Andy Talley called personal reasons. Talley said Dingle, a 5-foot-9, 170-pounder from West Hempstead, N.Y., had come to him late Wednesday afternoon to say he was quitting football. "It was voluntary," Talley said. "We encouraged him to stay. But he had his mind made up. " Talley would not elaborate on why Dingle quit the team. A source close to the situation said that Dingle, whose 868 yards rushing last season ranked third in the Yankee Conference, was displeased about having been demoted to the second team.
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May 4, 1996 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The wait for Tim Thomas continues. The high school all-American still has not let anyone know where he intends to play basketball next season. Villanova is the favorite to get the 6-foot-10 forward from Paterson (N.J.) Catholic. But a source yesterday said the Wildcats haven't received a letter of intent from Thomas, and that source figures it might be next week before there is any word from him. Publicly and privately, Paterson Catholic coach Jim Salmon, who is Thomas' cousin, has told people that Thomas hasn't decided between 'Nova and Seton Hall.
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June 25, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Big East Conference has dropped the two-division format used in the last three basketball seasons. The new format will have each member face 10 opponents once each and three others on a home-and-home basis, for a total of 16 conference games. In 2003-04, Villanova will have home-and-home series with Miami, Providence and West Virginia. The Wildcats also will host NCAA tournament participants Connecticut and Notre Dame, plus Rutgers, St. John's and Virginia Tech. The Wildcats will visit NCAA champion Syracuse, Boston College, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall.
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March 9, 2000 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
It took nearly 40 minutes to prove what seemed obvious from the opening tap. Villanova had more players than Pittsburgh. It had better players than Pittsburgh. It was supposed to win. Finally, after several fits and starts, Villanova won a game it had to win. And gets to play another game it may have to win. After beating Pitt, 65-55, in the opening round of the Big East Tournament last night at Madison Square Garden, 'Nova (19-11) gets St. John's in the late game tonight.
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February 4, 1999 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
After it was done, Steve Lappas was saying the Rutgers game didn't mean quite as much as everybody was saying it meant. His Villanova players thought differently. They knew. And they played as if they knew. It is now February and every game matters. The Ski Lodge was jammed and everybody saw one of the best games of the season around here. It was high-energy hoops. It was the home team sprinting away by 18 points in the first half. It was the visitors refusing to get blown out and, for a time, looking very much like a team that had enough to win. The Wildcats never trailed.
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March 9, 1989 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Villanova football team will get some international exposure next season when it travels to Milan, Italy, to play Rhode Island in a Yankee Conference game on Oct. 28. The game, arranged through the Italian government and World Tek, the travel agency of the NCAA, will be played at Milan's 20,000-seat Central Stadium with Rhode Island as the home team. It will be the first American college football game played in Italy. "We see this as a fantastic cultural experience for our student- athletes," Villanova coach Andy Talley said.
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April 1, 2009 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
Amelia Arnold glared at me, and she had hate in her eyes. Sadly, it's not the first time it looked as if a woman was about to slap me. Here's the background: For the last few days, and ever since Villanova beat Pittsburgh, people all over the region have cooed about the Wildcats making the Final Four. On the streets, on the radio, even in this very paper, I kept hearing and reading about how students and alumni from the other city schools were pledging their support to 'Nova. They talked about how Jay Wright has made it impossible (or at least harder)
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March 16, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Antonio Meeking and Gerrod Henderson had 19 points each as Louisiana Tech beat visiting Vanderbilt, 83-68, last night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. Tech (22-9) advanced to a game Monday or Tuesday against Villanova. Tech led 41-34 at halftime after shooting 61 percent to 48 percent for Vanderbilt (17-15). Matt Freije's 23 points led Vandy. In another game: At Dayton, Jason Harrell scored 14 points, and Tennessee Tech (26-6) beat the Flyers, 68-59.
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October 5, 2000 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
James Madison coach Mickey Matthews said "it's too early to decide who's good and who's bad. " Maybe so. But it's never too early to decide who will contend for a conference title. In Game 5 last season, Villanova lost by three at home to James Madison, which went on to win the Atlantic 10. That loss cost the Wildcats a ring, and a spot in the Division I-AA playoffs. Both teams are 3-1, 1-0, heading into Saturday's rematch in Harrisonburg, Va. Villanova is ranked 12th; JMU is 13th.
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June 26, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
The two senior starters who led Villanova to the national championship didn't have to wait very long after the NBA draft to find work in the league. Guard Ryan Arcidiacono confirmed Friday he has agreed to terms with the San Antonio Spurs. According to a few reports and a tweet from Wildcats coach Jay Wright, center Daniel Ochefu will be joining the Washington Wizards. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Arcidiacono, who was named most outstanding player of the Final Four, will sign a two-year deal that is partially guaranteed with the Spurs.
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June 22, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
Being from Langhorne, Ryan Arcidiacono said playing for the 76ers would mean the world to him. The point guard has already crossed off one item on his bucket list by playing a starring role for his beloved NCAA Division I champion Villanova Wildcats. But, even before he became a Wildcat, Arcidiacono thought it would be awesome to eventually play for the Sixers. So he gave the Sixers executives, coaches, scouts, and consultant Jerry Colangelo an up-close glimpse of his skills during a pre-draft workout Monday at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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June 11, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
We all knew Villanova University was feelin' the love during the basketball team's amazing run to the 2015 NCAA championship title, and now there is proof. Collegestats.org collected more than 100,000 tweets between March and April that mentioned universities' Twitter handles to come up with a measure of how often the schools are praised or criticized. The site analyzed positive words such as "happy," "great," "recommend" and negative words such as ... well, we can't repeat those in print.
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May 27, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
In the end for Josh Hart, it wasn't about being drafted by an NBA team as much as it was making an NBA roster and sticking around for a long time. "It's my dream and my goal to go to the NBA and play at that level, but the biggest thing for me isn't just getting there," the Villanova guard said Wednesday, one day after deciding to withdraw from the draft and return to the Wildcats for his senior season. "I'm saying this with as much humility as I can. I know I can get there. But it's about staying there and having a long career there.
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May 24, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
AT THIS time a year ago, for the second straight year, Villanova coach Jay Wright was still trying to explain how his basketball team had somehow lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a top-two seed. It was something the Wildcats had to live with for an entire season. Or at least until they made it past the second round this March. "It's funny," Wright said recently, during what's become an annual late-spring sit-down to look back at whatever just happened and maybe glance ahead as well.
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May 1, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
It happened in the blink of an eye in the damp chill of Franklin Field, just before the crowd of 38,534 prepared to kick up the volume to 11 as it urged the four women still with a shot at winning the Penn Relays 4x1500-meter Championship of America relay to an epic finish. At first glance, Georgetown's Andrea Keklak and Oregon's Annie Leblanc were setting the pace waiting to see who would make the first move. But Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, the gritty Villanova sophomore from Ireland, took the shot with 200 meters left - bolting to the outside, then to the front, and outrunning both women to the line to give the Wildcats the surprising victory.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
A federal jury on Wednesday found two leaders of the defunct Nova Financial Holding Inc. guilty of using a circular loan scheme in a bid to defraud the U.S. Treasury Department's bank bailout program in 2009. Brian Hartline, 51, of Collegeville, and Barry R. Bekkedam, 48, who moved from the Main Line to Florida in 2010, were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the federal government, fraud against the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, and two counts of false statements to the federal government.
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April 29, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
A federal jury on Wednesday found two leaders of the defunct Nova Financial Holding Inc. guilty of a scheme to defraud the U.S. Treasury Department's bank bailout program in 2009. Prosecutors charged that Barry R. Bekkedam, the bank's founding chairman, and Brian M. Hartline, its chief executive, orchestrated a series of fraudulent loans to customers who would then invest the money back into Nova in a bid to qualify for $13.5 million in federal bank bailout funds. The scheme fell apart after the treasury department rescinded its offer of bailout money for unrelated reasons.
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April 23, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since Jay Wright's official position at Villanova is William B. Finneran Endowed Athletic Fund Head Coach, understand that Finneran's $22.6 million gift to Villanova this week was not Finneran's first substantial donation to Villanova's athletic department. According to the school, Finneran endowed Villanova head men's basketball coaches' salary in 1996 by donating $1 million. Since Finneran's own undergraduate time at Villanova as an economics major, class of 1963 - "I'm a guy who graduated summa cum lousy" - Finneran has been involved with the school for more than five decades, including as a former trustee, and head of a former capital campaign, and more informally, Finneran said, as an advocate both for hiring Wright and for helping make sure Wright stayed.
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April 22, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Villanova women's track and cross-country coach Gina Procaccio recalled the time she felt very good about her chances of attracting a top high school runner after the Wildcats finished a back-to-back national cross-country championship run in 2010 and 2011 but wound up losing the prospect to Stanford. So she couldn't help but chuckle a couple of weeks ago when she checked her email after Kris Jenkins hit the game-winning three-point shot against North Carolina to give Villanova the national championship in basketball.
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