March 23, 2013 |
A 7-foot-1 backup center for the 1985 national champion Villanova Wildcats, Chuck Everson said there is a series of four questions that everyone always asks him. "People come up to me and the first thing they say to me is, 'How tall are you?' " Everson said. "I tell them, and they say, 'Do you play basketball?' I tell them. 'Where do you play?' I tell them, and they say, 'Were you on that team?' And I say yeah. " "Then I hear everybody's story about where they were the night we beat Georgetown," he added.
March 22, 2013 |
SIX YEARS AGO, Mouphtaou Yarou remembers, there were many, many difficult phone calls home to Benin. He came here from that small West African country for high school, and for basketball, and for all of the attendant opportunities, but he wondered sometimes what he had gotten himself into. He wondered whether it was worth all of the anxiety. "I was very homesick," he said, a couple of days before the Villanova Wildcats begin another NCAA Tournament journey. Yarou, 22, is their senior big man, the oncourt leader of a team that swung wildly between disaster and elation - sometimes in the same week.
March 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Even on their best days this season, and there have been some very good ones, the Villanova Wildcats made it hard to believe they are destined to stick around very long once tournament time begins. Well, tournament time has begun, the Wildcats are undefeated in the postseason, and it's still a little hard to believe. Coach Jay Wright would agree there is a question whether his team, a mixture of talented youth and workmanlike veterans, can manage an extended stretch of good basketball.
March 10, 2013 |
For college basketball fans, this is a great time of year. As the season winds down and the conference tournaments near, it's great fun to speculate about "who's in and who's out" of the NCAA Tournament. Many schools have no realistic chance of winning it all. Just making the tournament and stealing a game or two is the whole goal of their season. Here in Philadelphia, we have a rich tradition regarding the NCAA Tournament. Every team in the Big 5 has not only been in the tournament many times, but each has advanced to the hallowed "Final Four.
September 14, 2012 |
THE PRESEASON is almost behind them. The Villanova Wildcats still have to go to Penn next week, but other than that it's all Colonial Athletic Association from here on out. Which is just the way coach Andy Talley prefers it. "That's a good place to be," he said. "It was good to get a win, for sure. Now we're excited to be back in our conference. " The win was over visiting Fordham, 28-13. That followed an opening, 41-10 loss to Temple. Next up is 0-1 Rhode Island, Saturday on the Main Line.
March 24, 2012 |
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Vols have been doing a little daydreaming about other spring break activities during practice and coach Pat Summitt says they better snap out of it. With how quiet and distracted her Tennessee team has been while preparing for a shot at the Final Four in Saturday's regional semifinal meeting with Kansas, Summitt is concerned they may not get that opportunity. "I think we've got to get them refocused," Summitt said. "It's obviously very important to all of us [to get to the Final Four]
April 5, 2011 |
Joseph Patrick Rogers Sr., 86, a retired marketing director and a former Villanova University football coach, died of cancer Friday, April 1, at home. Mr. Rogers, who was a star basketball and football player at Roman Catholic High School, played halfback for the Villanova Wildcats from 1946 to 1949. He returned to Villanova as freshman coach in 1952, and from 1956 to 1966, was backfield coach, He was interim head coach in 1959. He also coached basketball at Waldron Academy in Merion for several years.
December 18, 2010 |
CHENEY, Wash. - The defense rests. The defending Football Championship Series champion Villanova Wildcats are headed home following a 41-31 loss to Eastern Washington in a semifinal playoff game last night. Eastern Washington will play the winner of today's Georgia Southern-Delaware game in the title game on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas. Villanova star Matt Szczur left in the second half with concussion symptoms and did not return. Through its first two playoff games, Villanova prospered in the takeaway/giveaway department.
December 4, 2010 |
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The head football coach has been quoted in the local paper equating the Villanova Wildcats to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The defensive coordinator has said publicly that 'Nova's running attack is every bit as good as Texas A&M's. The regent chairman thinks that playing the defending national champion on national TV is "a great opportunity for us to showcase our university nationally, and you can't buy that kind of publicity. " The business manager said they've been selling tickets "fast and furious," and indicated that the school was expecting a standing-room-only crowd of more than 14,000 in a stadium that would look something like the banks of the Ganges on a holy day. No question about it, the Stephen F. Austin University community is eager to take advantage of a rare opportunity when its No. 3 Lumberjacks (9-2)
November 13, 2010 |
For a team with national-title aspirations, last week's 17-14 loss at Rhode Island set back the Villanova football team. Entering that game, Villanova (6-3, 4-2 Colonial Athletic Association) was ranked third in the Sports Network top 25, and was on a three-game winning streak. Then came three turnovers (two fumbles, one interception) against Rhode Island, and Villanova missed an opportunity to be one of three schools in the CAA with just one conference loss. That also left Villanova, last year's national champion, in the ninth slot in the poll with only two games remaining.