September 1, 2016 |
ON SATURDAY afternoon at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, Andy Talley's 32nd and final season as Villanova's football coach will begin. For the 12th straight year, the Wildcats are opening against an FBS program on the road. This time, the opponent is Pitt, which has 16 starters back from an 8-5 team - plus James Conner, who rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2014 before sitting out last season with Hodgkin's lymphoma. The Wildcats - with five starters back on each side of the ball from a 6-5 club - aren't supposed to win. In these spots, they rarely are. That hasn't stopped them from lining up. "It's a necessary evil," said Talley, whose team was picked to finish fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association.
August 29, 2016 |
Jermaine Samuels, a 6-foot-6 swingman from the Rivers School in Weston, Mass., announced Saturday on Twitter that he had made an oral commitment to play college basketball at Villanova. Samuels, who is rated four stars by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, said he chose the Wildcats over Duke, Georgetown, Indiana, and Kansas. He made an official visit to Villanova earlier in the week. "I want to thank God, my family, and Coach Todd of X for helping me get to where I'm at now. I'm officially a Wildcat," Samuels said on Twitter.
August 29, 2016 |
A pair of Villanova University astronomers had spent years studying the radiation emitted by red dwarfs - a type of star that includes the sun's nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri. Then, two months ago, they were let in on a big secret. After studying a pattern of "wobbles" in the light from Proxima Centauri, an international team of scientists concluded the phenomenon was caused by a previously unknown planet. Could the Villanova scientists help determine if water might exist on its surface?
August 26, 2016 |
The pass last week at practice left Villanova quarterback Zach Bednarczyk's hand, spiraled over the line, and sailed to the sidelines. Nobody was open. Nobody will remember the play. Except there was a smattering of applause, including from a coach or two. That was a good pass? A great one. "Last year, he was rookie of the year in the CAA," Villanova coach Andy Talley said later of Bednarczyk. "But he really could have been an all-league player if he didn't throw the ball in some bad spots.
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.