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March 10, 2003 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Steve Lappas sits at a round table in his office overlooking the court at the Mullins Center, explaining the deliberate process of rebuilding the Massachusetts basketball program and talking excitedly about the future. But when asked to look at his past, specifically his time as head basketball coach at Villanova, Lappas turns subdued and wistful, pausing between sentences, searching for the right words. Clearly, there was more to his time on the Main Line than simply winning 174 games in nine seasons and leading the Wildcats to four NCAA tournaments.
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April 7, 2001 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Moments before Michael Bradley walked out his door yesterday morning to announce a decision that would change his life, his phone rang. On the other end was Steve Lappas, who coached him at Villanova after he had transferred from Kentucky. Lappas, now at Massachusetts, wanted to wish the 6-foot-10 center good luck before the junior officially declared himself eligible for the NBA draft. Bradley, a second-team all-American and Big East Conference first-teamer, yesterday confirmed season-long speculation that he would forego his senior year to play professionally.
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December 6, 1992 | By Jere Longman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It took Villanova fans exactly one half of Steve Lappas' debut yesterday to become stricken, like everyone else in this town, with inauguration fever. At halftime of the Wildcats' eventual 86-74 victory over American University, the smitten Villanova faithful walked around Bender Arena with dazed, "Can you believe this?" looks on their faces. "I saw more man-to-man defense in the first seven minutes than in my four years of college. " "I don't remember Villanova having 43 points at halftime since Jack Kraft.
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November 23, 1993 | By Gwen Knapp, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Steve Lappas has no idea what to expect. He has a bunch of tenderfoots playing basketball for him this season - freshmen and sophomores trying to find their way in the Big East Conference. "It's so much fun coming to practice because these guys learn something new every day," Lappas said recently. Then he thought for a second. "They learn something new every day," he said again, chuckling slightly, "and that's one of our problems. " He can laugh now, because he knows - even before this team takes the court - that he has fulfilled the first part of a promise he made when he signed a five-year contract with the Wildcats in the spring of 1992.
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March 25, 2001 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yesterday, Villanova tried to clear up the circumstances surrounding the departure of head basketball coach Steve Lappas, calling the move a resignation but not offering a reason on why he would quit with three years left on his current contract and no guarantee of another coaching position. Speaking at a news conference at the Pavilion, athletic director Vince Nicastro said that several hours went by on Friday between the time Lappas first told him and Rev. Edmund J. Dobbin, the university president, of his "intention to resign" and the drafting of a formal letter of resignation.
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March 26, 2001 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Moving quickly to procure Villanova's No. 1 choice for the vacant head coaching position, athletic director Vince Nicastro said last night he had offered the job to Hofstra basketball coach Jay Wright. Wright, 39, a former Villanova assistant coach who led the Pride to NCAA tournament appearances in the last two seasons, met with Nicastro yesterday morning at an undisclosed location in southern New Jersey. Wright was offered the job before the meeting ended. Nicastro and Wright did not finalize a contract, but they were expected to do so during another meeting today.
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April 19, 1994 | by John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Writer
Steve Lappas, who guided Villanova's men's basketball team to its greatest one-season turnaround and first NIT championship, received a contract extension through 1997-98 yesterday. "I'm real excited," said Lappas, who had one year remaining on the original contract he signed when he was named head coach April 14, 1992. No financial terms were announced. "I think what it shows is that (Villanova athletic director Gene DeFilippo) and (Villanova's president, the Rev. Edmund J. Dobbin)
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March 27, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
When Steve Lappas resigned as basketball coach at Villanova on Friday, some suggested that he caved into pressure from those who didn't think he did such a great job. Yesterday, when he was introduced as the coach at the University of Massachusetts, Lappas admitted he had detractors. People who held him personally responsible for the Wildcats' failure to make the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. People who thought he could have done more with the talent that passed through the Main Line campus during his nine seasons as head coach.
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March 27, 2001 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jay Wright, a Villanova assistant for five seasons before turning around the Hofstra basketball program in his first head coaching job, will be introduced today as the Wildcats' new coach, a source close to the athletic department said last night. Wright, 39, who led the Pride to 50 wins and a pair of NCAA tournament berths in the last two seasons, will appear at a 3 p.m. news conference. Villanova athletic director Vince Nicastro, who contacted Wright less than 24 hours after Steve Lappas resigned Friday, completed negotiations on a contract with Wright, a Bucks County native who graduated from Council Rock High.
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April 12, 2001 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Newly appointed Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright filled out his staff yesterday with familiar names. Wright reappointed Joe Jones as an assistant coach and added Brett Gunning and Fred Hill. Jones, 35, who coached with Wright at Hofstra, has spent the last four seasons at Villanova as an assistant to Steve Lappas. He is a native of Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Gunning, a 28-year-old Broomall native, began his coaching career at Villanova as a student-assistant under Rollie Massimino and spent seven years on Wright's staff at Hofstra.
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March 20, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
PITTSBURGH - So what can go wrong? It's hard to spin the ball that way when you're looking at Villanova right now. There may not be a more confident team in this NCAA tournament - on merit. The Wildcats easily solidified their No. 1 seed, they haven't lost since January, didn't lose before January, and are more than 20-point favorites Thursday in their NCAA East Regional first-round game against No. 16 seed Lafayette. So expect a free ride to the Final Four? Didn't all the pundits declare the East Regional to be the easy regional?
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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 5, 2015 | Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Even when Steve Lappas was coaching at Villanova, it seemed plausible, to me anyway, that Lappas could have a future in television for the simple reason that Lappas not only knew how to game plan but also how to articulate that game plan. Yeah, he has a clear New York accent. But good TV guys have a voice. You hear Lappas, you know it's Lappas. He's been at it for 10 years now as a mainstay on the CBS Sports Network, typically working a couple of games a week and also getting to New York to work as a studio analyst.
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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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February 20, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Injuries, inexperience, inconsistency . . . it's all eating away at Villanova en route to what likely will be its worst season in the Jay Wright era. For the second time in five games, the Wildcats coughed up a big lead against a nationally ranked opponent and lost Saturday night, dropping a 74-70 overtime decision to 23d-ranked Notre Dame at the Wells Fargo Center after holding a 20-point lead in the final two minutes of the first half....
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March 18, 2011 | By MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
CLEVELAND - Villanova has been playing basketball since 1920. Only twice have the Wildcats finished a season worse than this one. In 1943-44, they lost their last six games to go 9-11 for the legendary Al Severance. And you have to figure World War II had something to do with that, since that was the first of three consecutive losing seasons for a man who had only two others in his quarter-century on the Main Line. And in 1992-93, Steve Lappas' first season, they lost their last eight to end up 8-19.
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January 22, 2011 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
STEVE LAPPAS got the job late, after Rollie Massimino had surprisingly left Villanova for UNLV. One of his first tasks was trying to convince Kerry Kittles that Villanova was still the right school for him. So he went to New Orleans. "As soon as I walked in [to the Kittles' house], he wouldn't even look at me," Lappas said yesterday at the Palestra before the Big 5 Hall of Fame inductions. During the meeting, Kittles warmed up to Lappas. When Lappas left, the local media were waiting on him. He told them he thought the time with Kittles and his family went well.
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December 15, 2010 | By Dick Jerardi
Villanova is playing seven games at the Wells Fargo Center this season, starting Saturday against Delaware. Why more games there this season than ever? "It's a combination of available dates, Saturdays are better than Tuesdays, opponent and a mix of games between the Pavilion and there in terms of the quality and the timing," Villanova athletic director Vince Nicastro said. "This year, we stretched it a little bit. We felt like we had a better number of Saturdays and felt like we could stretch the package and still have balance between the quality of the games on campus and at the Center.
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December 23, 2009 | By JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO For the Daily News
RON WILSON did all the grunt work when he played for Villanova in the mid-1990s. Diving for loose balls, rebounding, defending, blocking shots, boxing out, all those nasty things you don't find in a box score but lead to victories. The 1995 Villanova graduate wants to instill some of that work ethic into his first head-coaching job at Chichester High School. Wilson's once lean 6-11 frame is a little paunchier these days, but his attitude is still the same. He's trying to add stability to a program that has had three coaches in the last 4 years.
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June 3, 2009 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Dallas Cowboys yesterday released Greg Ellis, ending the linebacker's career after 11 seasons and the eighth-most sacks in club history. The Cowboys bypassed Randy Moss to take Ellis with the eighth overall pick in the 1998 draft. He had 77 sacks and 634 tackles over 162 games and led the team in sacks six times. Elsewhere: Four traffic tickets that former New York Giants star Plaxico Burress received in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were dismissed by a judge. . . . Nate Clements, the 49ers' $80 million cornerback, missed organized team activities Monday and yesterday because he has pneumonia.
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