Saturday, November 28, 2015

Andy Talley seeks divine intervention

Why has James Madison beaten Villanova in five of their last six meetings?

Andy Talley seeks divine intervention


The question came from the Inquirer's Keith Pompey at this afternoon's local football coaches luncheon: Why has James Madison beaten Villanova in five of their last six meetings?

Wildcats coach Andy Talley noted that late Dukes touchdowns have something to do with it, especially last year's Hail Mary pass at Villanova Stadium with 4.5 seconds left.

But given the name on the front of his shirt, Talley couldn't help wondering if other forces have been at work.

"I would have to say that they had divine intervention," Talley deadpanned. "Because we were the Catholic school and I figured God was on our side. I obviously didn't say enough Novenas for that."

It was good for a laugh. So was Penn coach Al Bagnoli's riff on Quakers quarterback Keiffer Garton's apparent lack of math skills, which you can hear in the audio player below.

There was serious news, too. Talley, who is very involved with promoting bone marrow transplant programs, announced that Princeton running back Jordan Culbreath has developed aplastic anemia.

That is a condition in which a person's bone marrow fails to produce enough new cells to replenish blood cells.

A senior from Falls Church, Va., Culbreath has totaled 1,484 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career at Old Nassau. He was the Ivy League's top rusher last year. As Talley said, "his season is over, and he's now fighting for his life."

Culbreath is looking for a bone marrow transplant. Even the Penn fans among you can afford to send a few good wishes his way.

We return now to our regularly scheduled programming, as we take a look at what the region's Division II and Division III teams are up to.

West Chester
Last week: Road win vs. LIU-C.W. Post, 34-26
This week: 10/17 at Shippensburg, 1:00 p.m.

Delaware Valley
Last week: Home win vs. FDU-Florham, 41-17
This week: 10/17 vs. Wilkes, 1:00 p.m.

Last week: Road win vs. Western Connecticut State, 72-14
This week: 10/17 at Morrisville State, 12:00 p.m.

Last week: Home loss vs. Franklin & Marshall, 21-14
This week: 10/17 at Johns Hopkins, 1:00 p.m.

Last week: Home loss vs. King's College, 35-24
This week: 10/17 vs. Lycoming, 1:00 p.m.

Last week: Home loss vs. Virginia Union, 35-6
This week: 10/17 at Elizabeth City State (N.C.), 1:30 p.m.

Last week: Home loss vs. Millersville, 47-36
This week: 10/17 at Bloomsburg, 3:30 p.m.
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