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April 3, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rollie Massimino loves this time of the season, the NCAA tournament, and the Final Four, which obviously bring back memories of the crowning achievement in a coaching career that has reached 57 years. Massimino, who won 357 games in 19 seasons as Villanova head coach and led the Wildcats to the 1985 national championship, was named as one of the inductees into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place Nov. 24 in Kansas City, Mo. The official announcement came Monday, the 28th anniversary of the Wildcats' 66-64 victory over Georgetown for the national championship.
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March 19, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The march and the madness are about to begin and Rollie Massimino plans to be by Villanova's side every step of the way. If the bracket he filled out is correct, the final step will be followed by a net-cutting celebration April 6 on the court at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. "I got them winning it all," Massimino said by telephone from his South Florida home Tuesday. He claims to be pretty good at filling out the brackets, too. Massimino, 80, said that in his younger days he was able to name 63 of the 65 teams before the selection committee announced them.
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November 12, 2006 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rollie Massimino was stomping down the sideline, balling his hands into fists and working up a sweat. Massimino, who led Villanova to its "perfect game" in the 1985 NCAA championship game upset of Georgetown, was back to himself last night, coaching for the first time against his former Wildcats, as the head coach of Northwood University. There was no miracle for the coach, who turns 72 tomorrow - except for maybe the fact that he was back on the basketball court instead of basking in retirement.
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November 5, 2008 | By MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
ONLY TWO PLAYERS on Northwood's basketball team had been born when its only coach, Rollie Massimino, took Villanova on that ever-enduring national title run in 1985. But he tells them all the stories. Many of which involve the Spectrum, the Wildcats' home away from their Fieldhouse (and later the Pavilion). They played there four times in the championship season, including two-point losses to both Georgetown and St. John's. Tomorrow night, he's giving the Seahawks their first look, and quite likely their last, at the building, which is scheduled to be razed on an as-yet-unspecified date.
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February 27, 1995 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer Daily News staff writer Mike Kern contributed to this report
Next Sunday, former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino will return to the Palestra, the very place he got his start in college coaching. Back in the early 1970s, Massimino was, for a time, a rather anonymous assistant at Penn. Much has changed. Next month will mark the 10-year anniversary of Villanova and Massimino's amazing run to the 1985 national championship. But Rollie will not be returning to town as a hero. He will be returning as a color commentator for all four Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinal games on Sunday as well as the two semifinals on Monday.
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May 25, 2005 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright said yesterday that he is close to naming an associate head coach to replace Fred Hill, who left the Wildcats in April to take a similar position at Rutgers. One possibility is that Wright will promote from within, elevating assistant Brett Gunning to associate head coach and moving Pat Chambers from coordinator of basketball operations to an assistant's position. Ed Pinckney, a star on Villanova's 1985 national championship squad, is also on Wright's staff.
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March 15, 1986 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
He was a man preparing to play Georgia Tech, a man talking about this year. But there was a funny tone to the questions people were asking Rollie Massimino yesterday. They were asking not about Georgia Tech, but about Michigan, about Georgetown, about Lexington, Ky. About memories. They were asking not about this year, but about last year. It didn't seem to matter that this was a different Villanova team, a team that Rollie Massimino frankly admitted wasn't as good as the one that toppled an NCAA tournament full of giants last year.
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April 2, 2015 | DAILY NEWS STAFF
IN THE final game of the regular season, in March of 1985, Villanova got pounded at Pittsburgh. It was so bad that coach Rollie Massimino benched his starters for almost the entire second half. Even after winning a game at the Big East Tournament, that Pitt game still lingered. The Wildcats were a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and expectations were low. Then when they saw their first game in the bracket - against Dayton, at Dayton - the expectations were non-existent. But then it began - a last-minute win over Dayton followed by the felling of mighty Michigan, No. 2 in the nation.
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November 7, 2008 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Villanova welcomed back former coach Rollie Massimino for an evening of reminiscing and exhibition basketball, but the real news for the Wildcats last night came off the court. Villanova coach Jay Wright said senior forward Shane Clark underwent arthroscopic surgery yesterday to clean out loose particles in his right knee at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He will be out for four to six weeks. Clark, who averaged 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds last season, had been practicing but felt it best "to have a minor procedure to ensure that this problem doesn't persist during the season," Wright said.
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April 3, 1992 | by Dick Weiss, Daily News Sports Writer
Manhattan coach Steve Lappas was not about to wait by the phone for Villanova to contact him. He has taken the initiative and applied for the head coaching position there. Lappas, who served as an assistant under Rollie Massimino from 1984-88, is credited with turning the once-struggling Manhattan program into a contender in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. This season, Lappas coached the Jaspers to the finals of the MAAC Tournament, where they lost to La Salle, and then to the quarterfinals of the NIT. Manhattan finished the season 25-9.
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April 2, 2015 | DAILY NEWS STAFF
IN THE final game of the regular season, in March of 1985, Villanova got pounded at Pittsburgh. It was so bad that coach Rollie Massimino benched his starters for almost the entire second half. Even after winning a game at the Big East Tournament, that Pitt game still lingered. The Wildcats were a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and expectations were low. Then when they saw their first game in the bracket - against Dayton, at Dayton - the expectations were non-existent. But then it began - a last-minute win over Dayton followed by the felling of mighty Michigan, No. 2 in the nation.
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March 19, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The march and the madness are about to begin and Rollie Massimino plans to be by Villanova's side every step of the way. If the bracket he filled out is correct, the final step will be followed by a net-cutting celebration April 6 on the court at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. "I got them winning it all," Massimino said by telephone from his South Florida home Tuesday. He claims to be pretty good at filling out the brackets, too. Massimino, 80, said that in his younger days he was able to name 63 of the 65 teams before the selection committee announced them.
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March 18, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the Villanova Wildcats got home from their successful trip down the long tunnel of the Big East tournament, Jay Wright started noticing all this stuff in the papers and on television about the Eagles. Apparently, there had been some moves or something. "I said, 'Arch, did you know they traded Foles?' " Wright said to point guard Ryan Arcidiacono. "He keeps up with all that. He just looked at me and nodded. " It's easy for a coach to get lost in the basketball at this time of year, particularly one at a relatively small school in a relatively new conference alignment that happens to become the second-seeded team in the entire country.
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February 13, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Jerry Tarkanian put me on hold for a minute late one night in 1994, deadline fast approaching. Tark came back on the line. The UNLV athletic director who had helped oust him had just resigned. "All the rats are gone - isn't that wonderful," Tark said over the phone. "All the rats are gone. " I had been assigned to cover what turned out to be the endgame for Rollie Massimino, Tark's successor at UNLV. It took only one trip to Vegas to realize Massimino had virtually no chance of surviving.
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January 8, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Villanova, which saw its program record-tying 13-0 start end in overtime Saturday at Seton Hall, hadn't lost two in a row since the final two games of the 2012-13 season (Louisville in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament and North Carolina in an NCAA second-rounder). The eighth-ranked Wildcats had also won their last five meetings (twice in OT) against St. John's, 11 of 12 and six straight at Madison Square Garden, where late last night they faced a Red Storm team that had lost two straight to drop from No. 15 to 24th in the poll.
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January 8, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
NEW YORK - Nobody told these teams it was only January. But then, circumstance occasionally dictates a measure of desperation, even in January basketball. Two months before the madness descends, The World's Most Famous Arena witnessed basketball that was completely Ides-worthy. Villanova won, 90-72, thanks to a clinically proficient stretch run in the final 10 minutes. It was nowhere near as lopsided as the score reflected. "We were both very hungry teams tonight," Villanova coach Jay Wright said.
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November 6, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
MAGICAL. It's a word used often in sports, overused really, because better and more apt descriptions suck the emotion from the moment, and the mythology of it as well. Highly improbable just doesn't cut it. So we lean on magic, mysticism. We do what Jay Wright did again last night, throw out "incredible" or "amazing" in about every other sentence as he described Villanova's 1985 NCAA championship run, and its charismatic architect who returned here, 9 days from his 80th birthday, with his latest and probably last team, Northwood University.
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November 6, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova coach Jay Wright was the perfect host to his former boss, Rollie Massimino, and members of the Wildcats' 1985 national championship team Tuesday night at the Pavilion until the ball went up for the opening tip against Massimino's Northwood team. Once that happened, Wright intently studied his 12th-ranked Wildcats and yelled at his players and corrected them just as if it had been a regular-season Big East game. One of the questions Wright considered through the preseason was who would be his fifth starter.
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November 5, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Walk the hallways of the Pavilion where Villanova plays basketball, or the Davis Center where the team trains and practices, and it is always 1985. Ronald Reagan is the president. Something called WrestleMania is holding its first event. Nelson Mandela is in a South African prison. Pete Rose is closing in on Ty Cobb's major-league hit record. It is 1985 and the Villanova Wildcats are the national champions of college basketball. The photos aren't grainy, but many of them are black-and-white.
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October 22, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Rollie Massimino will be back coaching at the Pavilion in a couple of weeks. Nine days after that - Nov. 13, to be precise - he will turn 80 years old. The man who coached Villanova for 19 years, and during that one marvelous, mystical April Fool's evening in 1985, has not slowed down and has no plans of retiring even as he continues a battle against cancer. "I went to visit [former Florida State football coach] Bobby Bowden a few years ago and he was up on top of the tower coaching," Massimino said.
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