Monday, March 2, 2015

This week's college football coaches luncheon

Congratulations are due to Delaware Valley coach Jim Clements, while Penn and Villanova are getting ready for their big game Saturday at Franklin Field.

This week's college football coaches luncheon

There's quite a bit of news to report today.

First, congratulations are due on two fronts to Delaware Valley coach Jim Clements. Not only did his Aggies upset No. 3 Wesley College on Saturday, 25-22, but after his remarks today he ran across the street from Franklin Field to the Penn Tower to be with his wife, who is expecting their second child.

Of course, the drama at Penn's hospital trumps any drama on a football field, but the game Saturday had drama of its own. Trailing 16-0 at halftime, the Aggies rallied to take a 17-16 lead in the fourth quarter. Wesley took the lead back on a touchdown with 4:35 remaining and went for two, but Del Val made the stop.

That led to the game-winning drive by the Aggies. Fullback William "Butch" Whiteside scored the game-winning touchdown on a goal-line plunge with 10 seconds on the clock, and tailback Matt Cook ran the ball in for the two-point conversion. Del Val kept Wesley out of field goal range on the kickoff return, then made the stop on the game's final play.

You can listen to the radio call of Whiteside's touchdown run by clicking here.

As for this week, Villanova at Penn was obviously the main talking point. Wildcats coach Andy Talley tackled his team's biggest story right out of the gate, addressing the suspensions of linebacker Mike Holland and running back Luca Ragone at the beginning of his remarks.

"We suspended both kids immediately until we know what actually is going to transpire," Talley said. "Hopefully an outcome will develop either the end of this this week or next week."

Talley didn't offer any further information, but it sounded like not all the details of what happened in the altercation have been presented to the school's student judicial system yet.

On the Penn side of things, the big question is who will start at quarterback: senior Robert Irvin or junior Kyle Olson. When I asked Quakers coach Al Bagnoli if the decision had been made yet, the only words that came out of his mouth were "Game time."

Bagnoli laughed. A few folks seated at the reporters' table groaned.

I think it will be Irvin, but what would football be if coaches actually said things in advance?

(See Reid, Andy.)

A reminder that I'll be live-blogging the Villanova-Penn game on Saturday afternoon. To be honest, I'd rather you actually go to the game - I think we can safely say Franklin Field won't be sold out - but if you don't or can't, visit the blog to follow along.

As usual, the audio player is at the bottom of the post. I amplified the questions on the Penn and Villanova tracks because the microphone didn't pick them up very well, so don't be surprised if the volume jumps a little bit at those points.

Delaware Valley
Last week: Home win vs. Wesley, 25-22
This week: Off

Widener
Last week: Home win vs. North Carolina Wesleyan, 7-6
This week: 9/20 at Wesley, 1:00 p.m.

Rowan
Last week: Off
This week: 9/20 vs. SUNY-Cortland, 1:00 p.m.

Ursinus
Last week: Home loss vs. Lebanon Valley, 31-19
This week: 9/20 vs. Juniata, 1:00 p.m.

Cheyney
Last week: Home loss vs. Gannon, 40-18
This week: 9/20 vs. C.W. Post, 1:00 p.m.

West Chester and Lincoln weren't there today, but here's what they're up to:

West Chester
Last week: Road loss vs. Delaware, 48-20
This week: 9/20 vs. Millersville, 6:00 p.m.

Lincoln
Last week: Road loss vs. Fayetteville State, 63-0
This week: 9/20 at Shaw, 4:00 p.m.



Jonathan Tannenwald Sports Producer
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