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April 23, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since Jay Wright's official position at Villanova is William B. Finneran Endowed Athletic Fund Head Coach, understand that Finneran's $22.6 million gift to Villanova this week was not Finneran's first substantial donation to Villanova's athletic department. According to the school, Finneran endowed Villanova head men's basketball coaches' salary in 1996 by donating $1 million. Since Finneran's own undergraduate time at Villanova as an economics major, class of 1963 - "I'm a guy who graduated summa cum lousy" - Finneran has been involved with the school for more than five decades, including as a former trustee, and head of a former capital campaign, and more informally, Finneran said, as an advocate both for hiring Wright and for helping make sure Wright stayed.
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April 22, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Standing around inside the Pavilion waiting for one more celebration of Villanova's national championship to start, Josh Hart pondered whether the whirlwind that has been the last 16 days for himself and his teammates has allowed him to fully absorb what had happened. "It's sunk in for the most part," said Hart, who was wearing a green bow tie. "Today I had to be somewhere by 5 and went in my room to grab something and I was just thinking, 'Man, we're national champions.' This doesn't happen every year.
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April 22, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
VILLANOVA'S football team finished 6-5 last season, after winning 11 times the year before. The Wildcats started as the fourth-ranked team in FCS. Then Walter Payton Award-winning senior quarterback John Robertson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game. They lost the following week to Penn at home, their first loss to the Quakers in 15 meetings; the Quakers' scores including a 90-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Three games later, they lost at Towson by seven, as the Tigers ran back two interceptions for TDs (one an 86-yarder)
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April 22, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Villanova women's track and cross-country coach Gina Procaccio recalled the time she felt very good about her chances of attracting a top high school runner after the Wildcats finished a back-to-back national cross-country championship run in 2010 and 2011 but wound up losing the prospect to Stanford. So she couldn't help but chuckle a couple of weeks ago when she checked her email after Kris Jenkins hit the game-winning three-point shot against North Carolina to give Villanova the national championship in basketball.
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April 20, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
Villanova athletic director Mark Jackson realizes he isn't the type to sit stone-faced on press row watching a Wildcats team. In Houston, Jackson went for the front row of Villanova's fan section in the stands during the Final Four. "I try to stay calm and cool," Jackson said last week. But the last couple of minutes of a game for a national championship? "I couldn't really function. I couldn't speak. I remember my wife whispering in my ear, 'Are you sure you want to do this for the rest of your life?
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April 18, 2016
ISSUE | VILLANOVA PARADE Philadelphia comes up big in big moments Philadelphia has a reputation for hosting large-scale events with great success. Mayor Kenney has made it clear that he is committed to building on this reputation in a manner that makes events high-quality, cost-effective, and welcoming to all Philadelphia residents. With just three days to prepare after Villanova men's basketball team won the NCAA championship on April 4, city departments and agencies created a celebration that met the university's expectations while being accountable to taxpayers ("Victory lane," April 9)
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April 17, 2016
Villanova junior forward Kris Jenkins, who hit the game-winning three-point basket in the national championship game, said Friday he has "every intention" of returning to school for his senior year as he goes through the NBA's draft evaluation process. Jenkins and teammate Josh Hart, also a junior, announced last week that they had filed for early entry to test their draft status without hiring an agent. Under NCAA rules, they may participate in the NBA combine and one team tryout, and will be allowed to withdraw from the draft by May 25 and return to school.
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April 13, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
PHILADELPHIA basketball royalty graced the hallowed Palestra floor Monday night as the Big 5 commemorated its 60th anniversary by inducting one of the best teams from each school into its Hall of Fame at the annual postseason banquet. There was La Salle's 1968-69 team that lost once and was ranked second behind UCLA and senior Lew Alcindor. Then you had Temple's 1997-88 team that reached No. 1 and made it to the Elite Eight. And the 2003-04 Saint Joseph's team that also sat atop the polls and made it to a regional final.
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April 13, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Phil Martelli didn't mind having some fun at his own expense during Monday night's Big Five awards dinner at the Palestra after he was called to the podium to accept the trophy as Big Five coach of the year. "I'm not taking it home because I'm tired of being mistaken for Jay Wright," the St. Joseph's coach said of the head coach at Villanova, one week removed from winning the national championship. "This has got to be Jay Wright's. The guy won the national championship. It makes me scratch my head.
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April 12, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
AFTER VILLANOVA won its first national championship in 1985, the Big 5 changed. No sense in going back over the details or what or who was to blame, but City Series games moved from the Palestra to campus arenas. It was not the same. In case anybody is concerned about Villanova's future in the Big 5 now, don't be. The university, from coach Jay Wright to the administration, is committed. "I would be surprised if Villanova either unilaterally, or tries to get other schools, to reduce its commitment," Big 5 executive director Steve Bilsky said.
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