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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.
NEWS
April 11, 2016
ISSUE | VILLANOVA A historic win beyond the scoreboard Although I'm not an avid sports fan, I didn't miss Monday night's breathtaking game that made Villanova our nation's top men's collegiate basketball team ("Top Cats," Tuesday). As I watched the teammates leaping and crying and hugging each other, my thoughts went to "black and white together" and "we shall overcome. " And it was April 4, the very day 48 years ago that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Perhaps members of the media are too young to make this connection.
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April 11, 2016
Andrew Schaum is a lawyer and nonprofit consultant living in West Chester Like so many area residents, I was glued to my television Monday night, watching a game for the ages. Villanova's dramatic victory in the closing seconds became an instant classic. Truth be told, I am but a casual basketball fan. It is the only sport I could never hold my own in. My shots were line drives. No arc. Never, ever, nothing but net. Clank, clank, clank. That is what I saw and heard after the ball left my hands.
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April 11, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Villanova and its fans are going to savor the 2016 national championship for much of the foreseeable future and replay Ryan Arcidiacono's pass and Kris Jenkins' game-winning shot in their heads time after time after time. Sooner or later, however, the Wildcats must start preparing for the 2016-17 season knowing that the challenge of defending a national championship may be tougher than winning it the first time. For Villanova coach Jay Wright, that means making sure his returning players have their feet back on the ground, ready to put in the work that was necessary this past season.
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April 9, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
Monday night, 45 years after the reserve guard sat for all 40 minutes of the Wildcats' loss to UCLA in 1971's NCAA title game, Mike Daly finally helped Villanova win a national championship. If most memorable sports titles have a spiritual focus - an injured teammate, a deceased mentor, an unseen inspiration - then Daly, as much as anyone, filled that role for the 2016 Wildcats. Until his sudden death at 65 on Feb. 22, the backup on Jack Kraft's best Wildcats team had been a constant presence around a program he never stopped supporting or loving.
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April 8, 2016
THE FIRST TIME I felt it, I was a first-year law student desperately trying to figure out why she was getting bottom-basement grades when she'd been on the honor roll most of her pampered life. It was three quarters into a difficult academic year, and I was almost ready to call it quits. The B-minuses and C-pluses were an embarrassment, and I told my mother I would honor Daddy's memory better if I didn't make a mockery of his profession by failing out of law school. That law school was Villanova, and I cursed every blessed corner of the place.
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April 8, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
At Villanova University, Joseph A. Borillo was taking the congratulatory calls in succession on Tuesday, the day after the men's basketball team had been crowned national champion. Wells Fargo. Coca-Cola. Bimbo Bakeries. They're all corporate partners of Villanova, and they couldn't be happier with the Wildcats' win, a thriller that came at the buzzer as Kris Jenkins sank that now famous three-pointer. "It's amazing the difference one shot makes," said Borillo, Villanova's senior director of corporate and foundation relations.
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April 8, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
Of all the attention he had received since knocking down the game-winning shot against North Carolina that gave Villanova the national championship, Kris Jenkins thought the highlight was an appearance on the Mike and Mike morning show Tuesday on ESPN Radio. But when Jay Wright told him that President Obama had called him "pretty cool" during the chief executive's telephone conversation Wednesday with the Wildcats' coach, everything else dropped to second place or lower. "That's cool.
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April 8, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
REIGNING national champions. Has that certain ring to it, don't you think? And for the next 12 months, it belongs to Villanova's basketball team. The Wildcats, who beat North Carolina in Monday night's final game in Houston, will of course be able to call themselves national champions for the rest of their lives. Nice perk. "I mean, right now it sounds cool," junior forward Kris Jenkins - whose three-pointer at NRG Stadium just before the horn averted overtime and elevated them onto the victory podium - said Wednesday afternoon at the Davis Center practice facility.
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