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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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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....
SPORTS
August 29, 2014
Coach: Andy Talley (204-125-1 in 29 seasons at school, 232-144-2 in 35 years overall) Last year: 6-5 (5-3 Colonial Athletic Association) On the web: www.Villanova.com . Ticket info: 610- 519-4100. Worth watching: This thing obviously revolves around quarterback John Robertson, the national freshman of the year in 2012, who's on pace to break Brian Westbrook's school rushing record. Only issue was, too many times it became too much about him. Injuries had something to do with that, but he has to get more help.
SPORTS
August 28, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova quarterback John Robertson is the Colonial Athletic Association preseason offensive player of the year. He says such distinctions mean more to his parents than they do to him. Even preseason rankings don't mean much, Robertson said, although the Wildcats are ranked 12th nationally this year after starting last season ranked No. 9. "Last year, we kind of got our heads in the clouds a little bit," Robertson said. Robertson had a big year. He ran for 1,405 yards in 2013 while setting a school record by completing 68.4 percent of his passes.
SPORTS
August 22, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
VILLANOVA FOOTBALL coach Andy Talley will be honored by the Be The Match National Marrow Donor Program and receive the 2014 Rod Carew Leadership Award. Talley has long championed the National Bone Marrow Foundation. He works with the foundation to match potential bone marrow donors with patients. Since 1993, Talley has been responsible for more than 30,000 people being tested for the program. Since 2008, Talley got 30 college football programs involved in the program and nearly 45,000 potential donors have been tested.
SPORTS
August 22, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
GROWING UP in Olney where he still lives, Tony Chennault knew all about the lure of the streets. Following a decorated basketball career at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High, two seasons playing at Wake Forest and two more at Villanova and now armed with a communications degree from Villanova, Chennault is telling a story from those streets in a film called "Oldhead," about the wise, older mentor some young men will believe in while others will ignore....
SPORTS
August 21, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THE WAY Poppy Livers sees the world, everyone has their own story. His just happens to be a little more distinct. Or even a lot. "Because I have a background," he said. Especially for someone who didn't know much about Villanova until the time he showed up there with almost no place else to go, despite the fact that his grandfather, an Olympic hurdler and namesake, is in the university's Varsity Club Hall of Fame. "It's a lot to take in," Livers acknowledges. The journey has been circuitous.
SPORTS
August 20, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com jtannenwald@phillynews.com
IT'S NO secret that junior quarterback John Robertson is the key to Villanova's success. His coaches and teammates know it, and they'll tell you so. The rest of the Colonial Athletic Association knows it, which is why Robertson was voted the conference's preseason offensive player of the year. And even some Wildcats fans who hold basketball Saturdays as more sacrosanct than football Saturdays probably know it, too. But a great quarterback needs a great offensive line to be at his best.
SPORTS
August 20, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Poppy Livers, a Villanova cocaptain and the team's leading returning receiver, has the same conversation almost every day with 'Nova receivers coach Brian Flinn. "He tells me I'm 5-[foot-]3 every day," Livers said Monday at Villanova's media day. "His favorite thing to say is: 'You wake up with leverage on other people.' " In fact, Livers said, it was Flinn who noticed that a walk-on, officially listed at 5-foot-7, belonged on the field. "He didn't care if I was black, white, green - 6 feet," Livers said.
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