October 16, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Villanova finished with the most victories last year in school history, going 33-3. However, all some people want to remember is the "3" - or more specifically, the last one of those three losses that knocked the top-seeded Wildcats out of the NCAA tournament before the second weekend. But for Ryan Arcidiacono and his teammates, the number 33 brings back memories of all the great things the Wildcats did last year, including capturing the regular season and tournament championships in the Big East.
October 12, 2015 |
After building an early lead, Villanova surrendered 35 straight points to William and Mary, and the Tribe routed the No. 14 Wildcats, 38-16, Saturday at Villanova Stadium. The loss marks the first time that the Wildcats (2-3, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association) have dropped two straight games since they lost three in a row in 2013. The Wildcats were playing for the first time since being stunned by Penn, 24-13, on Sept. 24. Villanova coach Andy Talley recognized something that is becoming painfully evident for his team, which dropped back-to-back home games for the first time since 2012 and began this season with aspirations of winning a national championship.
October 11, 2015 |
VILLANOVA'S basketball team will be without 6-8 1/2 freshman Tim Delaney for an indefinite period. The Mullica Hill, N.J., native is undergoing surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The Wildcats have to replace three starters - including 6-7 forward JayVaughn Pinkston, a four-year starter - from a team that won 33 games last season. "Tim had a great summer and preseason," coach Jay Wright said in a statement released yesterday. "The good news is that the doctors tell us this is an injury that can be fixed and we know Tim will be fully committed to his rehab.
October 10, 2015 |
A lot can happen when a college football team has 16 days between games. When No. 14 Villanova (2-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) hosts Williams and Mary (2-2, 1-1) on Saturday, the Wildcats will be coming off "the longest layoff I can remember," coach Andy Talley said. In that time they learned that star quarterback John Robertson's career is over because of a knee injury. They also had time to lick the wounds from their historic Sept. 24 upset by Penn on Sept 24. Talley feels that the layoff's positives outweigh the negatives, especially as it relates to getting redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Bednarczyk up to speed.
October 9, 2015 |
THE FCS playoffs don't start until the last weekend of November. But tomorrow there will be what almost amounts to an elimination game at Villanova Stadium, when the 14th-ranked Wildcats (2-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic) host William & Mary (2-2, 1-1). The season won't be over for the loser. But its postseason aspirations will take a serious hit, one that might prove impossible to overcome. A CAA team that goes 7-4, 6-2 could make it into the 24-team field, especially if one of the losses was to an FBS opponent.
October 7, 2015 |
The college career of Villanova quarterback John Robertson is over. Robertson will not have surgery to repair a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. However, the fifth-year senior, who was hurt Sept. 19 in a victory against Delaware, will require a six-month rehabilitation that will force him to miss the team's remaining seven games. "No, he is not able to come back," Villanova coach Andy Talley said Monday. "He has a torn PCL, and they really feel that it is non-surgical at this point and that it's best that they don't operate.
October 7, 2015 |
JOHN ROBERTSON'S season is now officially over. So too is his collegiate career. Villanova's fifth-year senior quarterback, who won the 2014 Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in FCS, will not return this season, after suffering a complete tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the fourth quarter of the Delaware game on Sept. 19. At the time, he said he would forgo surgery and rehab the injury in the hopes he might be able to return. After consulting with doctors, he still won't have surgery.
October 6, 2015 |
Jay Wright did it intentionally. The move was nothing crazy. In drills this fall, Villanova's coach wanted his senior guard Ryan Arcidiacono, last season's Big East player of the year, and freshman Jalen Brunson, the most accomplished freshman guard in the country, going at each other. He did this knowing they eventually would be on the court together, sharing responsibilities. "Arch has been killing him," Wright said of Brunson. "Just because he's learning things while Arch has been doing it for four years.
October 5, 2015 |
Services are to be Saturday, Oct. 17, for Augustine Warner Janeway Rhodes, 86, formerly of Villanova, a mother and volunteer, who died Saturday, Aug. 22, of cancer at the Quadrangle in Haverford. Known as Tina, Mrs. Rhodes had houses in Bradenton Fla., and Princeton and Cape May, N.J., but her family's life really revolved around their home in Villanova. She was born in Phoenixville, the daughter of Augustine Smith and Helen Gulick Janeway. As a child, she moved with her family to Washington, Harrisburg, and Ventnor, N.J., as her father accepted leadership positions in government service, including as commanding officer of the Pennsylvania National Guard and executive director of the Pennsylvania General State Authority.