Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
17. Sam McEntee So 25:04.13 19. Mathew Mildenhall Sr 25:06.93 21. Robert Denault Fr 25:12.18 26. Jordan Williamsz Fr 25:19.83 31. Alex Tully Jr 25:25.88 43. Brian Basili So 25:47.34 47. Matthew Kane Sr 25:58.73 53. Greg Morrin Jr 26:12.13 59. John Pickhaver Jr 26:19.82
1. Syracuse 37 2. Georgetown 67 3. Notre Dame 70 4. Providence 109 5. Villanova 114 6. Louisville 129 7. Cincinnati 216 8. Marquette 240 9. Connecticut 278 10. DePaul 303 11. Rutgers 307 12. Pittsburgh 321 13. South Florida 418 14. Seton Hall 434
The women finished fourth, three points behind third place Providence.
Full Villanova results:
1. Emily Lipari Jr 20:45.33 3. Nicky Akande Jr 20:48.84 14. Summer Cook Jr 21:24.65 28. Megan Venables So 22:01.11 42. Stephanie Schappert So 22:31.97 48. Courtney Chapman So 22:46.85 49. Meghan Smith SR 22:49.69 66. Kelsey Margey Fr 23:25.82 67. Ariann Neutts Jr 23:25.92
1. Georgetown 58 2. Connecticut 68 3. Providence 80 4. Villanova 83 5. Notre Dame 90 6. Syracuse 117 7. Marquette 222 8. Cincinnati 296 9. Pitt 297 10. Rutgers 302 11. South Florida 330 12. St Johns 391 13. Louisville 398 14. Seton Hall 407 15. DePaul 418
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
This is always an interesting time of year, because there's a ton of misinformation coming out about Hoops Mania performers. Who's right? I don't really care, to be honest.
Just heard a rumor that @bigsean is going to be at nova for hoops mania. Since I'm obsessed with him, this is very good news #pleasebetrue
— Ellie Malfaro (@elliemalfaro) October 22, 2012
Can't play one of his most famous songs. (More after the jump)
This letter is being written on behalf of many current and former players of the Towson University football team. Head Coach Rob Ambrose has openly disrespected and mistreated members of the team on a consistent basis. This is also true of the Defensive Coordinator Coach Matt Hachmann. Please excuse the language but this is a descriptive example of a statement coach Ambrose made following a practice during the week of our game against St. Francis this current season.
In as exact words as possible he stated: “I do not care what your religion is. I do not care if I offend anyone. But even if Jesus and his disciples come in here on Saturday, we are going to fuck them up and get them the fuck out of here.”
That particular statement offended many players on the team especially those with strong Christian beliefs. On top of that, there are many other questionable things said we believe are crossing the line of ethics He has also made remarks on the lines of ruining players live to the point where they would not be able to transfer to any other school if they cross him to a certain extent. Some members of the team are scared to speak up because of the perceived personal repercussions if the coaches caught wind of it. But it has gotten to the point where many players have talked about quitting even in the midst of winning games.
There is also many violations in practice hours per day. We have been presented with practice logs that coach Ambrose submits weekly which we have found to be completely inaccurate. Ambrose holds punishment runs almost daily throughout the week at 6 a.m. but does not post them on any of his practice logs.
He also logs inaccurate time lengths of our practices and meetings. This is an issue we have already presented to the compliance office.
We are held to a very high standard as student-athletes to do the right thing on a consistent basis regardless of it is popular or not. In return we expect the same thing from the coaching staff and the athletic department. We have a very sincere love for our University and we know you do as well. We take it upon ourselves to represent the school well on and off the field because we know it is a privilege to be able to do so. We are sending this meesage in hopes that this urgent issue will be addressed and that the wrongs will be corrected in ways the University sees fit. We appreciate you taking the time to hear our concerns.
* Another former player also drafted this letter, but did not consent to having his name published.If the claim about practice times is found to have basis, Ambrose could be in some serious trouble with the NCAA, who have strict guidelines about that sort of thing. At the same time, coaches are mostly dickheads and kids need to learn that.
That wasn't to be, because seven games into Towson's 2012 season, it's unknown whether West is still even on the Towson football team, and it's much cloudier than that as to whether he will be available to play against Villanova ever since he posted a (since deleted) tweet last week that hinted to his departure from the program. The next week against Old Dominion, West did not get a single carry in the game, and apparently looked detached from his teammates and his status for this Saturday seems to be up in the air.
If West is available, Towson is a very dangerous team, but if he's not, they're in a significantly worse position against this Villanova team, which has been playing very well lately.
Monday, October 22, 2012
1. Eastern Washington Eagles (125) 6-1 4014 1
2. Georgia Southern Eagles (14) 6-1 3787 3
3. North Dakota State Bison (13) 6-1 3746 4
4. Montana State Bobcats 6-1 3489 5
5. Sam Houston State Bearkats (5) 5-2 3218 6
6. Old Dominion Monarchs 6-1 3089 7
7. Wofford Terriers 6-1 3060 8
8. Lehigh Mountain Hawks (3) 8-0 2839 3
9. James Madison Dukes 5-2 2779 2
10. Stony Brook Seawolves (1) 7-1 2704 10
11. Cal Poly Mustangs (3) 7-0 2437 14
12. New Hampshire Wildcats 6-2 2434 12
13. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 6-1 2083 16
14. Central Arkansas Bears 6-2 1654 19
15. Indiana State Sycamores 6-2 1416 21
16. Appalachian State Mountaineers 5-3 1404 13
17. Illinois State Redbirds 6-2 1394 11
18. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 6-2 1152 23
19. Villanova Wildcats 6-2 1135 24
20. Delaware Blue Hens 5-2 837 25
21. Tennessee State Tigers 7-1 786 17
22. Youngstown State Penguins 4-3 686 15
23. Towson Tigers 3-4 515 15
24. Albany Great Danes 6-1 483 NR
25. Richmond Spiders 5-3 456 NR
Others receiving votes: South Dakota State 337, Southern Illinois 306, UT Martin 246, Harvard 223, Bethune-Cookman 107, Alabama A&M 78, The Citadel 68, Sacramento State 59, McNeese State 55, Jacksonville State 39, Chattanooga 35, Northern Iowa 28, Stephen F. Austin 26, North Carolina Central 25, Princeton 24, Eastern Illinois 14, Samford 9, Montana 6, Southeastern Louisiana 6, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4, Drake 3, Colgate 2, Fordham 2, North Dakota 1
22 Oct) -- Flynn Sports Inc. today announced that Sheila Reid and Cameron Levins have signed multiple year agreements with Nike USA, Inc. Reid (22) is a five-time NCAA champion, formerly of the University of Villanova, and Cameron Levins (22) is the 2012 double NCAA outdoor champion at 5000m and 10000m, while attending Southern Utah University.
"Nike is very excited to sponsor two of Canada's biggest distance talents. It will be fun to watch them develop over the next several years", said John Capriotti, Global head of Sports Marketing at Nike USA Inc. Reid, from Newmarket, Ontario and Levins from Black Creek, BC, recently competed in the London Olympic Games for Canada.
"I am delighted that Sheila and Cam have decided to begin their professional careers with Nike where they will be well supported" said Ray Flynn, President, Flynn Sports Inc.
A quick Google search reveals that both Sheila Reid and Cam Levins are 23 years old, but hey, age is a number, right? Link to the release here.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
John Robertson, Kevin Monangai, Norman White, Poppy Livers, and Eric Loper all scored touchdowns for Villanova to propel them to a 35-10 halftime lead against Georgia State. Villanova had 277 yards of offense in the first half including 190 rushing yards. Monangai led the team with 87 rushing yards, while Robertson was close behind with 81. Dorian Wells led the team with two catches for 40 yards, while Norman White had two catches for 26.
- Of note: Villanova scored two non-offensive touchdowns. The first by Poppy Livers on a punt return, and the second by Eric Loper on an interception return.
- Livers' punt return touchdown was Villanova's first since October 25, 1980.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Sheila will make her debut in a Nike kit at the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K on November 3. Later in November, she'll be at the Canadian XC Championships.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
"Everything was wrong. So I went into town and had a shot of tequila. Man, did I feel loose. I got a good sleep."That same night, Villanova sophomore Larry James won silver behind Lee Evans in the 400m. He is still one of only 10 men to run faster than 44 seconds. (Video after the jump)
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
My own room for the Nike shoot!! But I think the real talent might be make-up and wardrobe... twitter.com/shewolfruns/st…
— Sheila Reid (@shewolfruns) October 17, 2012
In other news, Athletics Canada, the same group that initially denied her appeal to compete in the Olympics is using her likeness to promote their national cross country championships. (photo after the jump)
If for some ungodly reason Villanova is unable to run the ball, Georgia State also has the second worst pass yardage defense in the conference, the worst pass efficiency defense, and allows the highest yardage per passing attempt of any team in the CAA by nearly a full yard while allowing a conference-high 15 touchdowns to only five interceptions. To put that in perspective, Villanova's only given up 15 touchdowns on defense all season. They have also have a total of five sacks all season, fewer than Villanova defensive end Rakim Cox has on his own
I didn't even mention that they're the worst team in the conference at defending kickoffs and one of the worst at returning kickoffs, because that would just be overkill.
I don't like picking games, but if Villanova doesn't win this game handily, I will be beside myself, and you should be too.
I feel you, Mo
BIG EAST 2012-2013 PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
(First place votes), Pts.
1. Louisville (14) 196
2. Syracuse 175
3. Notre Dame (1) 166
4. Cincinnati 152
5. Georgetown 136
6. Pittsburgh 132
7. Marquette 121
8. USF 96
9. Connecticut 83
10. St. John’s 73
11. Rutgers 63
12. Villanova 61
13. DePaul 48
14. Seton Hall 42
15. Providence 31
Yes, behind Rutgers.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Also of note, freshman quarterback sensation John Robertson was named national rookie of the week by Sports Network. That comes in addition to being named CAA rookie of the week for the fourth time all season.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Today in the Redskins 38-26 victory over the Vikings, former Villanova linebacker turned NFL fullback Darrel Young caught a six yard touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III.
Good for D-Young.
So this begs the question of whether or not we have seen enough that he deserves national recognition. I think the answer is yes. First off, Villanova was just awful last year, and their fuck all contribution from the quarterback position was the primary culprit. This year, Villanova is probably one of the 15 best teams in the country this season, and they're getting historic production from both the quarterback and running game in general. John Robertson is absolutely the biggest reason for that.
Does he deserve to win the most prestigious award in FCS football? I don't know, but he certainly deserves to be on the watch list.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
On defense, Eric Loper forced a fumble and picked off a pass to lead the defense.
Huge win today, be proud of these guys.
In a low-scoring first half, Villanova outplayed Old Dominion while squandering a couple red zone opportunities and head into the half trailing by a score of 14-10. Norman White had a long touchdown catch from John Robertson and Mark Hamilton was 1-2 on field goal attempts. On defense, Eric Loper had an interception and Villanova sacked ODU quarterback Taylor Heinicke twice.
Interesting fact: Villanova has already stopped ODU's offense more times in the first half than New Hampshire did a few weeks ago in four quarters and overtime.
Interesting fact: Villanova has already stopped ODU's offense more times in the first half than New Hampshire did a few weeks ago in four quarters and overtime.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Unfortunately, this game will be incredibly difficult, because ODU quarterback Taylor Heinecke is putting up video game numbers. Just watch:
Yeah, unreal stuff (especially the video quality). Anywho, Villanova needs to move the ball and prevent this from being a shootout. If the winner scores more than 40 points, it's highly likely that Villanova loses.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Recruiting decisions bring out the
best worst of people on Twitter.
@teamnike_hart about to lose a lot of followers with that commitment #Smh #PSUBBALL
— Connor Sease✅ (@Cthereal22) October 10, 2012
Welp, as long as @teamnike_hart realizes that signing day isn't until November and he still has time to change his mind...
— Darnell Brady (@SpreadHDGFX) October 10, 2012
More after the jump
“What I bring to the table is just no one’s gonna out-work me,” he said. “No one’s gonna hustle more, no one’s gonna dive on the floor for loose balls more than me. That’s one that [Coach Wright] really valued in my game and said that’s really going to set me apart, not just from Villanova but from a lot of other schools.”That's been missing.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Take it away Main Line Media News
The Radnor Township Board of Commissioners approved the introduction of an ordinance that would prohibit low-flying airplanes from towing signs through the airspace above the township and that would also establish requirements for banners over public roadways during their Monday night meeting.Don't ever ask another question about Villanova's inability to build anything as long as they're in a town that has passed an ordinance when it is not likely to have ever been affected by such a disturbance.
Citing noise and safety as factors of concern, the commissioners voted 6-0 to proceed with fashioning an ordinance that would prohibit banner fly-overs during community events or as advertising. The ordinance idea would also establish time limits on over-the-street banners and limit advertising to a percentage of the available space on them. Although the Goodyear blimp was mentioned, it was unclear whether commercial lighter-than-air craft would be included in the aerial signage ban.
Monday, October 8, 2012
That was an awesome young team. Alvin Williams sitting on top of the rim after the game is one of my favorite images in Villanova history.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Robertson has been historically good this year.
Today I'm compiling some good miscellaneous shit from the intergoogle to read.
- (Louisville) Card Chronicle: ESPN's Willful Degradation of the Big East Continues. Pretty self explanatory, but it also delves into the decline of ESPN's morals.
- Villanova Official Site: Nova Notebook: Ochefu Chased His Hoops Dream.
- Delco Times: Villanova grad Wayns bringing out the best in 76ers.
- Philadelphia Inquirer: Temple defensive end Kamal Johnson held on kidnapping and assault charges. Yikes.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
I'll never forget this game. I purposely got myself in trouble in high school so that I couldn't leave campus.
That punch Kyle Lowry threw was so boss.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Best of luck to coach Walker.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
I hate recruiting. It's generally a waste of time for me, because they do such a good job of it over at VUHoops, but there's two particular developments that are worth noting.
- Josh Hart of Washington DC is down to three schools, one of which happens to be Villanova.
- Ben Malone of Pascack Valley high school, who is one of the best high school middle distance runners in the US haw whittled his list down to Villanova and Georgetown.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The New (unofficial) Logo of Villanova XC
After a ridiculous ranking that led to them being called "criminally underrated" on an infamous running message board, and their first place at last Friday's Paul Short Run, the Villanova men's cross country team is now ranked 12th in the country. The good news about this ranking is that I think they still may be slightly undervalued if they progress and stay healthy. Truly good news.
The women plummeted to 24th from ninth. Yeesh
Monday, October 1, 2012
Well, if you assume that, you'd be wrong. Apparently for the conference, a linebacker from William & Mary who gets five tackles in a game is more worthy than 207 yards of offense and three total touchdowns. Now, this isn't really a big deal, because Robertson has won the award just about every other week, and he's on a better team than the guy who beat him.