October 23, 2014 |
If you want to own a piece of 76ers basketball history, here's a chance: Former team president Pat Croce's 10,500-square-foot Villanova mansion will be auctioned to the highest bidder Saturday. Anyone can participate in the auction for Croce's property, according to Michael Schwartz, director of national sales for Premiere Estates Auction Co. of Manhattan Beach, Calif., which is running the event. But all bidders have to put up an "entry fee" deposit of $150,000 by cashier's check or wire ahead of time.
October 22, 2014 |
Rollie Massimino will be back coaching at the Pavilion in a couple of weeks. Nine days after that - Nov. 13, to be precise - he will turn 80 years old. The man who coached Villanova for 19 years, and during that one marvelous, mystical April Fool's evening in 1985, has not slowed down and has no plans of retiring even as he continues a battle against cancer. "I went to visit [former Florida State football coach] Bobby Bowden a few years ago and he was up on top of the tower coaching," Massimino said.
October 22, 2014 |
SO HOW is success measured? If it's by how far someone has come and what they've had to overcome, then there can't be many young men who have accomplished more than Villanova senior Pat Williams. His story is worth celebrating simply for him being here. Instead of being, as he put it, "In jail, selling drugs, in a gang or dead. " Which is what he believes could have, or even would have, easily happened had he not escaped the life he was once exposed to growing up in the projects of Orlando, Fla. "To be honest, I never thought I was going to see 18," said Williams, who is having by far his best season as a nose guard for the Wildcats' football team and is on schedule to graduate in May with an English degree.
October 21, 2014 |
Players of the Weekend National - Freshman Nick Chubb, again subbing for suspended Heisman Trophy contender Todd Gurley, rushed for 202 yards and two touchowns in Georgia's 45-32 win at Arkansas. Local - Alex Stewart tied an NCAA record by blocking three punts in Widener's 59-12 win over Wilkes (2-4, 2-3 MAC). The Pride (6-0, 5-0) is ranked 13th in Division III. Nobody in the 134-year history of the program had blocked more than two punts in a season. Around Town Villanova 35, Wm. & Mary 31 The Wildcats (6-1, 4-0 CAA)
October 20, 2014 |
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - John Robertson threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns, including a 13-yard strike to Kevin Gulyas with 52 seconds left, to lead Villanova to a 35-31 win over William and Mary on Saturday. Trailing by 31-28 with 2 minutes, 1 second remaining in the game, Robertson led the Wildcats, ranked fifth in the Football Championship Subdivision, on a seven-play, 69-yard drive with no timeouts and capped it with the touchdown to Gulyas. "This was a hard-fought CAA football game, and I am really proud of our team," 'Nova coach Andy Talley said.
October 18, 2014 |
With all the success Villanova enjoyed in the first half of its season, the Wildcats still have an area of concern on their team - the secondary - that coach Andy Talley calls "a work in progress. " However, senior free safety Joe Sarnese and other veterans in the defensive backfield keep working with their younger teammates to make sure schemes are being carried out properly. "Our main focus is just to get everybody in the secondary on the same page so we can work together as one," said Sarnese, who starred at Holy Spirit High in South Jersey.
October 17, 2014 |
YOU DIDN'T need a Ph.D in schedule-ology to know back in August the two games most likely to define Villanova's CAA season were bunched within 2 weeks of each other and would take place in Virginia. The first has arrived. Tomorrow afternoon the Wildcats (5-1, 3-0) - who moved up a spot to fifth in the FCS rankings - will be at No. 15 William & Mary (4-2, 1-1). On Nov. 1 they will travel to No. 19 Richmond (4-2, 1-1), following their homecoming against Morgan State (3-3). If the Wildcats want to put themselves in postion to have a good playoff run, which means not going on the road for as long as possible, this is where you begin to really make that convincing closing statement.
October 13, 2014 |
The defense rested in the fourth quarter of Villanova's 44-21 victory Saturday over Rhode Island at Villanova Stadium. The Wildcats' first-team offense rested, too. An insurmountable 44-point lead affords such luxuries. But coach Andy Talley sure didn't sound like a guy whose team had just finished dropping 40 points on a fifth straight opponent. What stood out to Talley were the three scores that URI closed with and the 82 penalty yards his team surrendered, which were 22 more than the amount of rushing yards it yielded.
October 12, 2014
When: Saturday at 1 p.m. Where: Villanova Stadium Records: Rhode Island (0-5, 0-1 CAA); Villanova (4-1, 2-0) Radio: WIP-AM (610) Coaches: Rhode Island, Jim Fleming (1st season, 0-5; 21-6 overall); Villanova, Andy Talley (30th season, 208-126-1; 236-144-2 overall). Series: Villanova leads, 16-3. In the last meeting, Villanova won, 45-0, on Nov. 9, 2013, at Rhode Island. Three Things to Watch Villanova tight end Earnest Pettway, who has nine catches for 120 yards and four TDs, is expected to be out 6-8 weeks with a knee injury.