August 7, 2016
Behind 16 points and seven rebounds by Josh Hart, Villanova opened up its three-game exhibition game tour of Spain on Friday in Badalona with an 89-49 victory over a Spanish Select Team. The Wildcats trailed only once, 2-0, before a 9-0 run gave them the lead for good. They led, 56-26, at halftime in cruising to the victory. Jalen Brunson added 15 points, freshman Dylan Painter 14 and Mikal Bridges 12 for the winners. "That was a great start for us," Villanova head coach Jay Wright said.
July 28, 2016 |
BALTIMORE - Villanova head football coach Andy Talley does not intend to make this some kind of seasonlong farewell tour. Despite having announced that his 37th overall season and 32nd with the program he literally rebuilt from the ashes would be his last, Talley isn't going to mark each moment as his last this or last that. So although Tuesday was technically his final Colonial Athletic Association Media Day, the winningest active coach in FCS and FBS football had no more feeling for this than he had for any of his previous.
July 25, 2016 |
When he was in his 20s and teaching high school history at Bishop Kenrick in Norristown, Joseph Clancy decided to put on a suit, make his way into the city, and head to the Secret Service field office at Sixth and Arch Streets. Clancy, a Havertown kid, had wanted to be in the Secret Service since John F. Kennedy was killed, which he figured he could tell someone at the office. Even if there wasn't a job opening, Clancy - an Archbishop Carroll and Villanova graduate - thought maybe he could persuade someone to let him join.
July 24, 2016 |
Scottie Reynolds stepped onto the court and immediately flashed a smile that couldn't be erased. The looseness he played with during his four years at Villanova was evident once again. Before the game started, he swayed to the warm-up music at Philadelphia University's Gallagher Athletic Center. Slipped inside his bright neon blue sneakers, he pointed to the crowd when he was introduced by the public address announcer. As he dribbled the ball up court, he held up hand signals, yelled, "Hey!
June 30, 2016 |
H arry Perretta warned that he would probably start crying. He did almost instantly. He would croak out a thought and then get it together and then lose it a bit more. He never paused, never stopped talking about his friend. Pat Summitt meant too much to him. Yes, a deep friendship between the University of Tennessee women's basketball coach and her counterpart at Villanova was a strange and surprising one. The greatest coach in the game wanted to fly here to learn about Harry Perretta's offense?
June 26, 2016 |
One of the story lines that emerged from the NBA draft was "How about those plucky Villanova Wildcats, winning a national title without any drafted players!" No, no, a million times, no. Yes, Jay Wright deserves every bit of credit he's gotten. Wright pushed all the right X and O buttons, continually outcoaching some very impressive coaches. Villanova also won it all because it had the most depth of talent. Some of that talent you saw surely will end up in the NBA. Seniors Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu weren't drafted - and weren't expected to be - but they picked up free-agent deals in an instant.
June 24, 2016 |
Being a La Salle graduate, Mayor Kenney said it took some time for him to learn the "V for Villanova" song during the Wildcats' run to the national championship. But during a ceremony Wednesday honoring Villanova with the John Wanamaker Athletic Award, Kenney not only flashed the "V" sign during his remarks, he also sang the portion of the Cats fight song that starts, "V for Villanova, V for victory. " Jay Wright saw that kind of support offered by basketball fans throughout Philadelphia and the suburbs regardless of allegiance, starting with the parade on Market Street four days after the Wildcats defeated North Carolina in the title game on Kris Jenkins' three-point basket.
June 24, 2016 |
JAY WRIGHT arrived home from an event so late Tuesday night - 2 a.m. to be specific - that as he groggily dressed Wednesday morning for the Wanamaker Award luncheon, he slipped into a blue suit with dark-gray pinstripes, thinking the stripes were white. "That's why I'm not wearing a tie," he said sheepishly before the banquet began at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City on Wednesday. "The one I picked didn't match. " Wright, categorically debonair, said between sleep deprivation and the beaucoup lunches at the slew of events he's attended since Villanova's national championship win April 4, he's worried he's put on a few pounds.
June 20, 2016 |
Matthew Jonathon Bennett, 25, of Villanova, an aspiring entrepreneur who struggled with addiction for the last 11 years, died Sunday, June 12, of a drug overdose in Baltimore. Known as Matt, Mr. Bennett was found unresponsive in his car outside a Wawa after leaving a rehab program two days shy of completion. He could not be revived, his family said. The Maryland Medical Examiner's Office said the case was under investigation. Starting in his early teens, Mr. Bennett's life was a roller-coaster ride, with joyful, creative, and productive times interrupted by steep slides into depression and self-recrimination.