There was lots of ‘Nova sports-relevant news this week, but regretfully most of it did not go our way. Here’s the long and short of the good, the bad and the ugly.
Our fantasy of nights with twins and a seven-footer must remain just that. Don’t lose Hart; we’re still in the hunt for BJ … We had an upbeat report to start to the week when CBS’s Jeff Goodman tweeted that Rice 7-2 transfer shot-blocking specialist, Omar Oraby, was considering Villanova. However, NBC Sports' Raphielle Johnson broke our hearts mid-week reporting that Oraby chose USC as his new home. Well, we still could look forward to the official visit to Villanova by the #3 and #4 ranked recruits in the country, the Harrison twins, right?. Mike dashed our hopes there as well, reporting that the Harrisons cut Villanova from their list, leaving
Will Another Catholic Be The Next To Stray? … Daniel Martin of NBC Sports writes, “With news that Notre Dame is leaving the Big East for the ACC, an interesting scenario arises for the future of the latter conference. As it stands now, the ACC is at 15 full-time members, after the additions of Notre Dame,
Should Villanova Seek-Out the ACC’s Warm Embrace? … Ryan McCart of Rant Sports writes, “An interesting addition to the ACC would be a basketball-only Big East school, specifically Villanova. Adding Villanova would immediately strengthen the best collegiate basketball conference in the nation, and the Wildcats have a solid FCS football program. In 2009 Villanova won the National Championship for the FCS. It would take a lot of time and a lot of money before Villanova football could become competitive. If Notre Dame commits to staying independent for the long haul, then you add Villanova in everything but football. If the Irish leave the door open to join for football then the ACC could speak with the Wildcats and tell them that they may be called up in a few years. There is a real possibility for one final ACC raid on the Big East for one school to complete the conference, end ACC expansion and possibly put the final nail in the Big East’s football coffin.”
Life In The Fast Lane … Dave Zeitlin of CSNPhilly.com writes, “A year ago, quarterback John Robertson entered Villanova’s season-opening game against
Cats Square off Against Rams … Villanova (1-1, 0-0 CAA) takes on
Breakout Season for Ty? … Duncan Lloyd of City of
Jay Among Coaches vs. Cancer Honorees … Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News writes, ‘Six city coaches - Fran Dunphy (Temple), Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph's), Jerome Allen (Penn), Jay Wright (Villanova), Bruiser Flint (Drexel) and John Giannini (La Salle) - will be honored on Oct. 3 at
I Wish They Offered That Degree When I Attended Villanova … Chris Mondics of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, Andrew Brandt, a lawyer, former NFL team executive and ESPN commentator, has been named director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University Law School. Brandt will oversee activities of the sports law center, teach classes and lead seminars, and coordinate a sports law internship program, among other responsibilities, the law school said. Brandt will focus on giving law students the background and training to help them pursue careers in the sports world.” While an employee of ProServ Inc., Brandt represented high-profile athletes such as Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Boomer Esiason.” [Editor’s Note: Don’t get any ideas, Brian!]
Calhoun Finally Calls It Quits … Raphielle Johnson of NBC Sports reports, “Thursday was a big day in college basketball with
What Was Jay Thinking? …Here’s a recap of Jay’s tweets this week. “Shout out to our man James Bell for his outstanding leadership as we begin our journey in 2012-13! He has only been with us a short period but Tony Chennault is already a Villanova guard - Philly pride! Nova Nation there is still time to be a part of our Villanova Classic in
Hoops On The
Former ‘Nova Assistant Chris Walker In Charge of Texas Tech Program, For Now … Raphielle Johnson of NBC Sports writes, “After a four-day stay at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to be treated for high blood pressure and a stress disorder, embattled Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie returned to Lubbock on Friday. Gillispie left for Mayo after a wild couple of weeks in which there were nasty allegations in regards to his treatment of players and a heart attack (or stroke) scare. Athletic director Kirby Hocutt prohibited him from having any contact with the men’s basketball program until the two met in regards to the current state of the Texas Tech program. Former Villanova Assistant coach, Chris Walker, remains in charge of the program.
New Assistant at
Down with the Dome … Rob Dauster of NBC Sports writes, “According to a report from Andy Katz of ESPN.com, there have been some discussions about moving the Final Four out of domes and into a regular basketball arena. The Final Four has been in a dome since 1996, when it was hosted by the Meadowlands, and is currently booked all the way through 2016, when the NCAA title will once again be won in