November 3, 2013
When: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Where: Bridgeforth Stadium, Harrisonburg, Va. Records: Villanova (4-4, 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association); James Madison (5-3, 2-2). Rankings: Villanova, No. 20 (Sports Network), No. 22 FCS Coaches. JMU, No. 23 FCS Coaches. TV/Radio: CSN/CBS Sports Radio 610-AM. Coaches: Villanova, Andy Talley (29th season, 202-124-1; overall, 230-142-2). JMU, Mickey Matthews (15th season, 108-68). Series: JMU leads, 11-10.
October 23, 2013 |
Villanova coach Andy Talley believes there is no margin for error if his team is to make a second consecutive trip to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The Wildcats are 4-3, and 3-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association with four games remaining. It is possible that Villanova could lose another game and receive a bid. The FCS playoffs grew from 20 to 24 teams this season, and the CAA, among the strongest conferences in the country, is expected to receive three or four bids.
April 3, 1992 |
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.
November 12, 1998 |
Ricky Wright's last official visit was to Villanova. Before he came to the Main Line, a lot of the recruiting gurus thought he was leaning toward Michigan. But Wright, a power forward from East Chicago, Ind., liked Villanova's size, or rather the lack of it. So, yesterday, Wright, one of the nation's top 100 seniors, signed his letter of intent to attend Villanova next fall. The Wildcats get a power forward and they're also getting a student. "I just didn't want to go to a school with big classes," Wright said.
October 23, 2010
Radio: ESPN-AM (950). Records: James Madison 4-2 overall, 1-2 Colonial Athletic Association; Villanova, 4-2, 2-1. Coaches: James Madison, Mickey Matthews (13th season, 86-53). Villanova, Andy Talley (26th season, 183-104-1). Series: James Madison leads, 10-8. James Madison outlook: The Dukes are ranked No. 11 in the Football Championship Subdivision. They dropped a 28-14 outcome to visiting New Hampshire last week on homecoming day at JMU. The Dukes are scoring just 20 points a game, but they are giving up only 13.3.
April 5, 2013 |
Sophomore guard Achraf Yacoubou has decided to transfer from Villanova, according to several web reports. The 6-foot-4 Yacoubou, the New York state player of the year in 2011, averaged 2.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 31 games for the Wildcats this season. He was fourth on the team with 21 three-point baskets, shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc, and had a season-high 13 points in a win last December over Penn. He saw his playing time decrease toward the end of the season, however, and did not play in three of Villanova's last six games.
November 18, 2011
Delaware at Villanova When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m., PPL Park. TV/Radio: Comcast Network/ESPN-AM (950) Records: Delaware, 6-4 overall, 4-3 Colonial Athletic Association; Villanova, 2-8, 1-6. Coaches: Delaware, K.C. Keeler (10th season, 80-46); Villanova, Andy Talley (27th season, 190-115-1). Series: The Wildcats lead, 23-20-1. Last season, Villanova needed overtime to win, 28-21. Delaware hasn't defeated the Wildcats since 2005.
December 9, 2014 |
THE STORY LINE for Villanova's journey in the FCS playoffs just got a bit juicier. Or maybe even a bunch. The Wildcats (11-2) had to come from behind to beat visiting Liberty (9-5) in the rain in Saturday's second-round, 29-22. Next up in this weekend's quarterfinals is Sam Houston State (10-4), which won at Jacksonville State (10-2), 37-26. If nothing else the 'Cats don't have to fly to Alabama, which is what would have happened had Jacksonville advanced. But Sam Houston is coached by a familiar face in K.C. Keeler, who got to five Division III title games with Rowan in the 1990s and three more FCS finals with Delaware in the first decade of this century (the Blue Hens won in 2003)
January 27, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville finished the game by scoring eight unanswered points en route to a 53-50 win over Villanova in a Big East Conference contest at Freedom Hall last night. Kyle Dougherty led a Wildcats (11-8 overall, 0-6 Big East) with 12 points. Maria Getty (eight rebounds) and Laura Sweeney added 10 apiece for 'Nova, which led 29-24 at the half. Sweeney, who came off the bench, scored a layup with 1:42 to go in the game that gave Villanova a 50-45 lead. The Wildcats wouldn't score again.