September 19, 2014 |
VILLANOVA, the seventh-ranked team in FCS, was a missed short field goal away from winning its opener at FBS Syracuse. Two weeks ago, the Wildcats beat then-No. 11 Fordham by 44 at home. So what now? Following a rare early bye, the Wildcats will have a rare early matchup against visiting James Madison (2-1) in the first CAA game for both. Coach Andy Talley has been around long enough to know that in-conference is where his squad will define itself this regular season. "Traditionally, JMU is the most athletic team in the CAA," Talley said.
September 12, 2014 |
AT ONE POINT, it looked as if Jalen Brunson was destined to go to Temple. His father Rick played for John Chaney some 2 decades ago. His mother Sandra played volleyball on North Broad Street. The family lived in South Jersey when he was growing up. As it turns out, the player Scout.com rates as the top point guard in the recruiting class of 2015 is coming to Philadelphia. But he'll be playing for a different Big 5 program from his dad's. Wednesday at Stevenson (Ill.) High, Brunson announced he will bring his talents to Villanova.
September 12, 2014 |
Jalen Brunson unzipped his black sweatshirt. He had tucked his college choice underneath. The heavily recruited high school point guard revealed a white Villanova T-shirt, declaring his oral commitment to the Wildcats. Brunson made the announcement at a Wednesday news conference at his suburban Chicago high school. The 6-foot-2 lefthander spent last weekend on an official visit to Villanova and chose the Wildcats over Illinois. Before narrowing his choices, Brunson also considered Temple, Connecticut, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue.
September 11, 2014
Villanova will open the season with a Nov. 4 exhibition game at the Pavilion against Northwood University, coached by former Wildcats coach Rollie Massimino. Date Opponent Time Nov. 4 Northwood (exhibition) 7 Nov. 9 Nyack (exhib.)* Noon Nov. 14 Lehigh 8 Nov. 17 UMES** 7 Nov. 20 Bucknell ** 8 Nov. 24 VCU** 7 Nov. 25 Michigan/Oregon** 7:30/10 Nov. 30 Delaware * 4:30 Dec. 3 at La Salle 8:30 Dec. 6 St. Joseph's 1 Dec. 9 Illinois# 7 Dec. 14 Temple 2 Dec. 20 Syracuse # 1 Dec. 23 NJIT 7 Dec. 31 Butler 2:30 Jan. 3 at Seton Hall Noon Jan. 6 at St. John's 9 Jan. 10 DePaul 4 Jan. 14 Xavier 9 Jan. 17 at Penn TBA Jan. 19 at Georgetown 9 Jan. 25 Creighton 7 Jan. 31 at DePaul 2 Feb. 4 Marquette * 7 Feb.7 Georgetown * 2 Feb. 11 at Providence 8 Feb. 14 at Butler 6 Feb. 16 Seton Hall 7 Feb. 21 at Marquette 2 Feb. 24 Providence 7 Feb. 28 at Xavier 2 March 3 at Creighton 9 March 7 St. John's * Noon March 11-14 Big East Tournament in New York *-At the Wells Fargo Center ** Legends Classic #-Jimmy V Classic
September 8, 2014 |
Early in the second quarter of what would become a 50-6 victory for Villanova over Fordham on Saturday, the visiting Rams called a timeout that ended up lasting 1 hour and 19 minutes. Lightning struck outside Villanova Stadium, forcing both teams back to the locker room with 'Nova holding a 7-3 lead. Thirteen minutes of game time - and two hours of real time - later, the Wildcats returned to the locker room for halftime with a 33-3 lead. "We had talked about it, and I told them that this situation could happen," Villanova coach Andy Talley said.
September 7, 2014
When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Where: Villanova Stadium Records: Fordham (1-0), Villanova (0-1) Rankings: Fordham, No. 10 FCS Coaches Poll, No. 11 Sports Network; Villanova, No. 7 FCS Coaches Poll; No. 10 Sports Network. TV/Radio: American Sports Network; CBS Radio 610. Coaches: Fordham, Joe Moorhead (2d season, 19-7); Villanova, Andy Talley (30th season, 204-126-1; 232-144-2 overall); Series: Villanova leads, 20-5-3. In the last meeting, Fordham won at home, 27-24, on Sept.
September 6, 2014 |
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.
September 5, 2014 |
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.
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.)