Scholarships to get a university education aren't normally earned with your legs in Ireland, or most places on the other side of the Atlantic. After the 1948 Olympics, a steady stream of Irish athletes started landing on Villanova's doorstep to run, jump and throw, and build the beginnings of a pipeline that has helped change lives for innumerable Irish youth, who were given a pathway to a big academic opportunity.
The Irish Times goes into more detail on the story, but since the Wildcats kicked things off in the middle of the last century, hundreds of Irish athletes, male and female have been streaming into American universities. Now, how has Mouph Yarou not started a Benin-pipeline yet?
And now, the "news."
Irish women making the grade in US sport scholarships | IrishTimes.com
‘We could sure use you guys at Villanova" – fateful words that changed the course of Irish athletics history.
Radnor residents, township officials discuss Villanova University's plans to have armed police | Main Line Media News
"That decision was made before we were ever contacted," said Robert Zienkowski, township manager. "We were never invited to attend those meetings. We had heard rumors to that effect." When they sent two police lieutenants to the university to ask about it, officials denied it, he said. Eventually, they did give the university a proposal to provide police services.
Donohue with 2015 Barry Award | Villanova Media Room
Villanova University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, will be honored by the American Catholic Historical Society on Friday, Nov. 20 with its 2015 Barry Award. This annual award recognizes an American who, “by his or her character and contributions to the Church and community, and by professional accomplishments, has distinguished him/herself.”
Observations: Iowa's Jarrod Uthoff has been a key player for Hawkeyes | CBSSports.com
Villanova needs more offensive efficiency from Phil Booth. The 6-3 sophomore is shooting just 34.5 percent from the field and 28.1 percent from 3-point range while averaging 7.4 points in 23.3 minutes.
Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim's final act | ESPN
On normal game days, his routine is always the same. He holes up in the bedroom, watching old movies or "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." If it's a night game, he has soup, grilled cheese, chips and Pepsi. If it's a day game, he doesn't eat.
What is Dave Gavitt's Big East? | The Bizarre World of Jim McIlvaine
So Dave Gavitt's original Big East was turned down by a school that hadn't won an NCAA tournament game since the Eisenhower administration. I guess that's one difference between Gavitt's Big East and the conference of today.
Cops: Lehigh Football Players Broke Into (Wrong) House, Beat Up Resident, Peed In Refrigerator | Deadspin
Seven members of the Lehigh University football team have been charged with various things ranging from trespass to assault, after police say they broke into an off-campus house and pummeled one resident in an attempted revenge attack for an earlier assault on one player’s fraternity president. It would have been bad enough if the players hadn’t chosen the wrong house, and beaten up a person who had nothing to do with it.
The next Vernon Adams? Talented Montana State QB Prukop eyes move to FBS | FOX Sports
Last year, it was Vernon Adams. This winter, another gifted dual-threat QB from the Big Sky Conference could be transferring up to the FBS level and joining a powerhouse program.
Does Wu-Tang’s $2 Million Album Come With a Clause Stating That They (or Bill Murray) Can Steal it Back? | Pigeons & Planes
I would pay at least $2 million to assist Bill Murray and the Wu-Tang clan in that heist.