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September 6, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last year, Villanova's football season began unraveling during the second week, and the Wildcats are hoping history won't repeat. A year ago, after losing to Boston College in the opener, Villanova fell at Fordham, 27-24. That win was an indication of how strong Fordham would be, as the Rams ended up earning a Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth, losing to eventual finalist Towson in the second round. Villanova, considered a potential national title contender in 2013, never really recovered from that loss and finished 6-5. Now, after coming off an emotionally draining, 27-26, double-overtime loss at Syracuse, the Wildcats host Fordham at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Villanova Stadium.
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September 5, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
WHEN YOU'RE ranked fifth in the preseason, you don't expect to drop your first two games. But that's what happened to Villanova a year ago. The Wildcats lost at FBS Boston College, where they could have won, and at Fordham, which ended up getting to the second round of the FCS playoffs. And just like that, they were paddling upstream. After winning their next four, which included a win at No. 3 Towson, the eventual national runnerup, injuries and a bear of a schedule caught up with them and they ended up 6-5. It didn't matter that three of the losses were by a combined six points.
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September 5, 2014
Fordham at Villanova Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Villanova Stadium TV: American Sports Network. Radio: CBS Sports (610-AM). Records: Fordham , 1-0, Villanova 0-1. History: Villanova leads, 20-5-3. But Fordham won last year in New York, 27-24. About Fordham: The Rams are ranked 11th in FCS. They have a lot back from last year's team that lost to eventual national runner-up Towson in the second round of the playoffs . . . They opened with a 52-23 win over visiting St. Francis (Pa.)
NEWS
September 1, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
For a few months in 1966, the budding romance between film star George Hamilton and Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of the 36th president, was the talk of Washington. Gossip columnists followed their every move as Hamilton squired her around town. The couple vacationed in Acapulco and made camera-ready appearances at the Sugar Bowl, Mardi Gras, and the Oscars. The actor spent Easter at the LBJ ranch in Texas and even attended the Washington wedding of Lynda's sister Luci. President Johnson made no secret of his suspicions about the handsome, patent-leather playboy, perhaps best known now for his perpetual tan, blinding smile, and roles on TV shows ranging from   Columbo to Dynasty to Dancing With the Stars . But a previously confidential FBI file - which a Philadelphia judge last week outlined in an opinion and ordered to be released - shows for the first time how far Johnson went to protect his daughter and his presidency.
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August 31, 2014 | By Jesse Dougherty, For The Inquirer
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Villanova had a window of opportunity to defeat a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent Friday night, but its chance sailed wide. After senior Chris Gough missed a 25-yard field goal that would have won the game at the end of regulation, Syracuse (1-0) inched by Villanova (0-1), 27-26, in double overtime in the Carrier Dome. "I felt like we could have won the game tonight," Wildcats coach Andy Talley said. "We had it all timed out at the end. You line up and kick the field goal and you win. " Gough made a field goal at the end of the Wildcats' first overtime drive, but Syracuse tied the score on its possession before taking the lead on a 1-yard touchdown pass by punter Riley Dixon.
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August 30, 2014
Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y. TV/Radio: ESPN3; 610-AM. Coaches: Villanova, Andy Talley (30th season, 204-125-1; 232-143-2 overall); Syracuse, Scott Shafer (second season, 7-6). Series: Syracuse leads, 2-1. In the last meeting, Syracuse won, 24-17, on Sept. 13, 1975. Three things to watch Villanova is breaking in three starters on the offensive line, but guard Nico D'Angelo is not expected to play due to a high-ankle sprain. The Wildcats must establish a running game, but that comes against a Syracuse team that was the only Football Bowl Subdivision team last year not to allow a player to gain 100 yards.
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August 30, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year ago, Villanova opened its football season by giving host Boston College a major scare. The Wildcats led, 14-7, at halftime before losing, 24-14. Now, Villanova opens against another Atlantic Coast Conference Football Bowl Subdivision team, with Friday night's game at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse. Coach Andy Talley is hoping his underdog Wildcats will be competitive, but he is also looking to keep his players off the trainer's table against a much deeper Syracuse team.
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August 30, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
John J. "Jack" Kraft, 93, the dapper former Villanova men's basketball coach who led the Wildcats to the 1971 NCAA championship game, has died, an athletic department spokesman said Thursday night. Details of his death were not immediately known. Mr. Kraft, who was unflappable and always in control on the bench, coached Villanova for 12 years before moving on to Rhode Island. He finished with an overall record of 361-191 in 20 seasons, including a 238-95 mark with the Wildcats. His .715 winning percentage is the highest of any of the school's men's basketball coaches.
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August 29, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
IT'S A necessary evil. Villanova is hardly the only FCS program that plays FBS teams. The Wildcats are even one of them that has been able to beat an FBS opponent. They've actually done it three times, against Rutgers (2002) and Temple twice (2003 and 2009). Last year, if they'd been able to convert a fourth-and-goal from the 1 just before halftime that would have extended their lead to 14 points, they might very well have also won at Boston College. But as often happens in these matchups, they lost the second half 17-0.
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August 29, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
JACK KRAFT, who coached the Villanova basketball team to the national title game in 1971, has died at age 93. Kraft, who guided the Wildcats for 12 seasons beginning in 1961, was in an assisted-living facility in Cape May Court House, N.J. "I don't know about the X's and O's, but all I remember is he was such a quality gentleman," said Fran O'Hanlon, the Lafayette coach who was a senior guard on Kraft's 1970 team that went to the Elite Eight....
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