September 4, 2015 |
EAT HARTFORD, Conn. - As it turned out, Connecticut got more than it bargained for when it scheduled Villanova to open the 2015 season. The Huskies program, after its Fiesta Bowl appearance in 2011, was on the upswing, and perhaps a game against an old rival, despite the Wildcats' perennial FCS success, seemed safe enough when it was scheduled. But times and conference alignments have changed, and UConn found itself in a heck of a scrap last night. "What you're hoping to do," Villanova coach Andy Talley said, "is get a I-A team into the fourth quarter, where, all of a sudden they go, 'Oh, man, we could lose this game.' And I think that's where we had UConn.
September 3, 2015 |
IN EARLY JUNE, Villanova junior offensive lineman Jake Prus was enjoying a vacation in Ocean City, Md. Like every year, his family rented a house for a week, when there is no football, to relax and spend time with one another. Prus left his phone at the house while he went to enjoy the shore. When he returned, he had texts and missed calls. The calls were the type that many would be wary of, but he welcomed wholeheartedly. They were to tell him that he was a perfect match to be a bone-marrow donor, and that someone was in need of his cells.
September 3, 2015 |
One might think that Villanova right tackle Jake Prus views protecting Walter Payton Award-winning quarterback John Robertson as his primary job this fall. Not quite. While the 6-foot-4, 300-pound senior from Woodstown in Salem County takes football seriously, he's even more focused on his fellow man. So on Sept. 10, Prus will spend eight hours at Hahnemann Hospital donating bone marrow to help save the life of a 65-year-old man he has never met. "It's cool being able to save someone's life by doing so little on my part, you know what I mean?"
September 2, 2015 |
Quarterback John Robertson was unquestionably the best Football Championship Subdivision player in the land last season, which is why the senior returns as the reigning Walter Payton Award winner. But Villanova coach Andy Talley issued a word of caution regarding the Wildcats, who went 11-3 last season and were eliminated at home in the FCS quarterfinals, and it is because of the question marks on the offensive line. "We do have some concerns there," Talley said. The Wildcats open the season Thursday at Connecticut.
August 29, 2015 |
They go behind the Vatican walls, sometimes to places the public never sees. They helped start the pope's official Twitter presence and have ferreted out impostor accounts. And remember when the Vatican launched its pope channel on YouTube? It was one of them who proposed advertising it on Facebook. They are Villanova University students who - as interns at the Vatican - have become the knowing hands behind the Holy See's social media. Mika Rhabb, a 2013 grad who researched Twitter accounts of other world figures to help with that launch, stood on stage near Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI when he sent his first tweet via an iPad.
August 27, 2015 |
VILLANOVA WOMEN'S basketball coach Harry Perretta, who will soon start his 38th season on the Main Line, has worked for three university presidents and five athletic directors. So he's pretty much seen and heard everything. Yesterday he was at the Pavilion to watch Mark Jackson get introduced as the school's newest AD. When it was over, and all the right words had been spoken, it was Perretta who offered maybe the most pertinent perspective. "The best thing he said was he didn't have all the answers," Perretta pointed out. "That's good.
August 27, 2015 |
In searching for a new athletic director, Villanova administrators said they were looking for someone with a "comprehensive" knowledge of the entire college sports landscape, and, almost as important, someone with "experience with a flagship program. " It didn't bother Villanova's honchos that the man they chose, Mark Jackson, was senior associate athletic director at the University of Southern California, where the flagship is football. The school announced Tuesday that it was hiring Jackson, 42, a former football coach who had been climbing the administrative ladder for some years.
August 26, 2015 |
WITHIN FIVE HOURS on the road, something wasn't right. The light-blue Oldsmobile Cutlass with the rusted holes through the wheel wells couldn't make it around a city block, let alone reach California, yet Brad Ingelsby and his cousin Bryan Paterson thought they could get one last ride out of the decrepit heap. It didn't take long for the car to begin huffing, puffing and lurching. Ohio was the first of many breakdowns by the side of the road. Another came in Joplin, Mo., tornado country, where Bonnie and Clyde once robbed banks.
August 21, 2015 |
Temple and Villanova will resume their football rivalry in two years. Owlscoop.com first reported that the two universities would resume the Mayor's Cup football game, most likely in 2017. A source close to the situation confirmed that Temple will play Villanova in 2017 and 2018. Villanova usually opens its season with a Football Bowl Subdivision school. This year the Wildcats will open at Connecticut on Sept. 3; they will play Pittsburgh next season. The last time Villanova and Temple played was Aug. 31, 2012, when the host Owls won, 41-10.
August 19, 2015 |
Villanova is deep into the hunt for a new athletic director to replace Vince Nicastro. The school has put together a search committee and hired a leading search firm. The usual stuff these days. If they had hired a search firm 15 years ago, would it have recommended Nicastro? It's an important question. Nicastro turned out to be the right hire to navigate the last 15 years, but would some search firm's turn-of-last-century database have coughed up the school's own former ticket manager who had taken on additional duties as associate athletic director?