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April 2, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The T-shirt. When he was playing college ball in the early 1980s, Chris Mullin always wore that T-shirt underneath his St. John's tank top. Jay Wright had never seen anyone do that before. It was one of the first things Wright thought of when he learned this week that St. John's would hire Mullin as its new head coach, that a former Big East power had reached into its past to try to revitalize its present. Wright, Villanova's head coach, was still a student at Bucknell University then, often making the 150-mile drive from Lewisburg, Pa., to 'Nova's campus to see his girlfriend, Patty Reilly, who is now his wife.
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April 2, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
The subsequent three decades merely have confirmed what Villanova's national championship team learned for certain on the memorable night of April 1, 1985: Jake Nevin not only looked like a leprechaun, he was one. Since his death in December 1985, some visitors to his unmarked Ardmore grave insist that if you put a cigar in the ground, the diminutive Villanova trainer, who was rarely without one, will begin puffing on it. A night watchman once...
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April 2, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean J. Daniels, 43, of Philadelphia and Los Angeles, an attorney and Internet entrepreneur, died Tuesday, March 24, of complications from cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A native of Villanova, Mr. Daniels graduated from Haverford School in 1990, from Duke University in 1994, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1997. He worked at the law firm Dewey Ballantine in New York City and became an executive director of business affairs and development for AOL in Los Angeles.
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April 2, 2015 | DAILY NEWS STAFF
IN THE final game of the regular season, in March of 1985, Villanova got pounded at Pittsburgh. It was so bad that coach Rollie Massimino benched his starters for almost the entire second half. Even after winning a game at the Big East Tournament, that Pitt game still lingered. The Wildcats were a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and expectations were low. Then when they saw their first game in the bracket - against Dayton, at Dayton - the expectations were non-existent. But then it began - a last-minute win over Dayton followed by the felling of mighty Michigan, No. 2 in the nation.
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March 30, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Temple and Villanova women's basketball teams are each one victory from facing each other in the semifinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament, but tough road games and a couple of talented players await on Sunday. Villanova (22-13) travels to old Big East foe West Virginia, where it will try to halt the Mountaineers' 16-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents at the West Virginia Coliseum (2 p.m.). The defensive-minded Mountaineers, coming off a 60-39 rout of Duquesne, are led by two-time all-Big 12 first-team junior guard Bria Holmes (18.9 ppg.)
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March 30, 2015
SINCE VILLANOVA'S upset defeat at the hands of North Carolina State in this year's NCAA Tournament, a growing number of people have said coach Jay Wright should go. The main reasoning behind this talk is the sentiment that he is not a big-game coach, as demonstrated by his teams' NCAA Tournament losses. Coaching is a hard profession, particularly in college sports. Alumni and supporters tend to have expectation levels that simply are unrealistic and also to have a "what have you done for me lately" attitude.
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March 28, 2015
ISSUE | SPECIAL ELECTION Democrats rebuffed What a great win for Martina White in the state House race in Northeast Philadelphia. And what a message about the legacy left by now-Congressman Brendan Boyle and a wake-up call for those voting Democratic. Finally, some union members are realizing that Democrats don't have their interests at heart unless they're donating plenty of money. |Stephen Dreher, Philadelphia ISSUE | PA. BUDGET Bold is best Gov. Wolf's budget proposal is right on the money: It is time to go big ("Senator: If no pension fix - no deal," March 24)
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March 25, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
For Villanova this week, as the reality of the Wildcats' early exit from the NCAA tournament settles in, the magic of 1985 and the possibility of a repeat performance drifts one year further into the rearview mirror. As long as that banner is in the rafters, however, the dream remains alive that Villanova will not merely play with the big boys, but could once again be the last boy standing at the end of the tournament. It's a nice thought, and certainly possible, but the philosophy of team-oriented, patient program-building that has developed under Jay Wright, while admirable in every other way, is not the likeliest path to the next championship.
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March 25, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
WHEN YOU LOSE in your second NCAA Tournament game for the second time in 2 years as a 1 or 2 seed, and third time since 2010, there will be fallout. Maybe even a whole bunch. And much of that will be directed at the guy in charge. That's the way the world spins. In the last 27 seasons, Villanova has made it to the second week of the Madness four times. All of those happened from 2005 to '09. Jay Wright was part of that, too. Now, everyone wants to know what he's doing wrong, even though the Wildcats have won 62 of their last 70 games.
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March 25, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
In April 2012, Jay Wright sat in his office and explained his view of how Villanova had fallen to 5-13 in the Big East that season. He talked about recruiting mistakes, decisions on style of play, about how development of some players had fallen short. He didn't leave himself out of any of it. "We tried to play big and play more of a power game, without a lot of ball movement and spacing," Wright said, since the Wildcats had kept losing to teams in the NCAA tournament that had that kind of overpowering style.
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