September 28, 2014 |
For professor Randy Weinstein's chemical engineering course at Villanova University, students are supposed to watch on video what has traditionally been the heart of college learning - the lecture - before they show up for class. So he gave them a quiz to make sure they'd done just that. "Everybody watched the carbon-dioxide video," Weinstein said, nodding with satisfaction when he saw that 88 percent of the students answered one of the questions correctly. Weinstein had embedded the video in a 27-minute lecture he recorded for the class - chemical engineering thermodynamics II - from the comfort of his dining room table.
September 27, 2014 |
When the rivalry between two longtime coaching friends ends Saturday at Franklin Field, Penn football coach Al Bagnoli expects Villanova's Andy Talley to pick up the tab for at least one dinner. The two were friends years before they arrived at their current jobs, and the relationship grew when Bagnoli took over at Penn for the 1992 season. Their rivalry will end Saturday when Villanova visits Penn at 3 p.m. Bagnoli, 61, announced in the spring that this would be his final season, and no doubt one of the things he will miss most is his competition with Talley, who is 71. But first, he would simply like a meal from the Villanova coach.
September 26, 2014 |
ANDY TALLEY has been the face of Villanova football since the program was restored at the FCS level in 1985 after a 4-year hiatus. The Wildcats won 15 of his first 16 games, made it to the playoffs in 1989 and won a national title in 2009. Al Bagnoli took over at Penn in 1992. He inherited a program coming off three losing seasons and immediately got the Quakers back to where Jerry Berndt and then Ed Zubrow had them in the 1980s. Then he kept them there. His nine Ivy Leagues titles, all outright, are one off the record of Yale's Carm Cozza (1965-96)
September 23, 2014 |
Players of the Weekend National - Alabama's Blake Sims threw for 445 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-21 win over visiting Florida. Local - Chris Smallwood (20 carries, 213 yards) broke a 46-year-old Delaware Valley (2-0, 1-0 MAC) record by scoring six TDs in a 54-35 win over Wilkes (1-2, 1-1) in the first home night game in program history. Around Town Temple 59, Delaware State 0 The Owls (2-1), who've matched their win total from last season, lost to an FCS team at home last September.
September 22, 2014 |
Two weeks ago, John Robertson looked like a guy capable of carving up FCS defenses with one hand tied behind his back. On Saturday at Villanova Stadium he basically did just that. With his left arm in a soft cast to immobilize his broken nonthrowing hand, the Villanova quarterback rallied his team to a 49-31 victory over James Madison in their Colonial Athletic Association opener. Robertson, who broke the hand in Week 2, finished 22-for-27 passing for 337 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in front of a crowd of 10,781.
September 21, 2014 |
Villanova clearly was excited to play football in the first two weeks of the season, losing an overtime heartbreaker at Syracuse, an FBS team, and then rolling to a 44-point victory over Fordham, the 11th-ranked squad in FCS. The Wildcats had nowhere to take all this energy in Week 3 because they were idle. And coach Andy Talley hopes that didn't bring their momentum to a halt going into Saturday's Colonial Athletic Association opener against James Madison at Villanova Stadium. "The question is, 'Where are you as a team when you have a layoff?
September 19, 2014 |
VILLANOVA, the seventh-ranked team in FCS, was a missed short field goal away from winning its opener at FBS Syracuse. Two weeks ago, the Wildcats beat then-No. 11 Fordham by 44 at home. So what now? Following a rare early bye, the Wildcats will have a rare early matchup against visiting James Madison (2-1) in the first CAA game for both. Coach Andy Talley has been around long enough to know that in-conference is where his squad will define itself this regular season. "Traditionally, JMU is the most athletic team in the CAA," Talley said.
September 12, 2014 |
AT ONE POINT, it looked as if Jalen Brunson was destined to go to Temple. His father Rick played for John Chaney some 2 decades ago. His mother Sandra played volleyball on North Broad Street. The family lived in South Jersey when he was growing up. As it turns out, the player Scout.com rates as the top point guard in the recruiting class of 2015 is coming to Philadelphia. But he'll be playing for a different Big 5 program from his dad's. Wednesday at Stevenson (Ill.) High, Brunson announced he will bring his talents to Villanova.
September 12, 2014 |
Jalen Brunson unzipped his black sweatshirt. He had tucked his college choice underneath. The heavily recruited high school point guard revealed a white Villanova T-shirt, declaring his oral commitment to the Wildcats. Brunson made the announcement at a Wednesday news conference at his suburban Chicago high school. The 6-foot-2 lefthander spent last weekend on an official visit to Villanova and chose the Wildcats over Illinois. Before narrowing his choices, Brunson also considered Temple, Connecticut, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue.
September 11, 2014
Villanova will open the season with a Nov. 4 exhibition game at the Pavilion against Northwood University, coached by former Wildcats coach Rollie Massimino. Date Opponent Time Nov. 4 Northwood (exhibition) 7 Nov. 9 Nyack (exhib.)* Noon Nov. 14 Lehigh 8 Nov. 17 UMES** 7 Nov. 20 Bucknell ** 8 Nov. 24 VCU** 7 Nov. 25 Michigan/Oregon** 7:30/10 Nov. 30 Delaware * 4:30 Dec. 3 at La Salle 8:30 Dec. 6 St. Joseph's 1 Dec. 9 Illinois# 7 Dec. 14 Temple 2 Dec. 20 Syracuse # 1 Dec. 23 NJIT 7 Dec. 31 Butler 2:30 Jan. 3 at Seton Hall Noon Jan. 6 at St. John's 9 Jan. 10 DePaul 4 Jan. 14 Xavier 9 Jan. 17 at Penn TBA Jan. 19 at Georgetown 9 Jan. 25 Creighton 7 Jan. 31 at DePaul 2 Feb. 4 Marquette * 7 Feb.7 Georgetown * 2 Feb. 11 at Providence 8 Feb. 14 at Butler 6 Feb. 16 Seton Hall 7 Feb. 21 at Marquette 2 Feb. 24 Providence 7 Feb. 28 at Xavier 2 March 3 at Creighton 9 March 7 St. John's * Noon March 11-14 Big East Tournament in New York *-At the Wells Fargo Center ** Legends Classic #-Jimmy V Classic