Archive: October, 2011
Andy Talley was as candid as any coach could expect to be. Following Saturday’s 37-14 loss to visiting Old Dominion that dropped his team to 1-7, the Villanova coach assessed the immediate situation and there weren’t many encouraging signs.
Redshirt freshman Dustin Thomas was pulled for true freshman Chris Polony after a third-quarter interception led to ODU’s final score. Thomas also had two fumbles that led to two Monarch touchdowns.
“We will try to figure it out and get it right in the quarterback slot,” Talley said. “This is a difficult road to hoe and we are playing three teams the next three weeks that are better than the team we played.”
Villanova football coach Andy Andy Talley, who is fielding the youngest team in his 27-year tenure, was asked if he expects the Wildcats to be a factor next year in the Colonial Athletic Association championship race.
The team is 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the league going into its homecoming day game against Old Dominion (5-2, 2-2) on Saturday.
``I like this team," Talley said. ``This group has worked really hard. We have a real nice group of young players who are going to be good. We have guys who are getting a future look of what life is going to be like in a conference that's very difficult."
After downing Dartmouth on the Big Green's homefield with a late touchdown on Oct. 8, the Penn football traveled to Columbia last week and did the same thing to the Lions.
``The kids had just enough to get out of New York City with a "W"," Quakers coach Al Bagnoli said.
On Saturday, Penn will host Yale at 12 noon in a game between teams that are unbeaten in Ancient Eight play with 2-0 records. Both are 3-2 overall.
Villanova football coach Andy Talley talks about enduring a rebuilding season at the weekly local college football coaches' luncheon on Wednesday, October 20.
(Video by Kevin Tatum/The Philadephia Inquirer)
Villanova defensive back James Pitts, who was the only senior starter on the Wildcats, suffered a season-ending knee injury during the team's 34-10 loss at James Madison on Saturday.
``It look like he has a MCL problem in his knee," 'Nova coach Andy Talley said. ``We're not going to have him. Sometimes, with an MCL, you can get back in a couple of weeks. I just don't know how bad it is."
Talley, whose team is 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association, said that if the team was in the title race, wide receiver Norman White probably could play. White, a first-team all-CAA selection las year, has not suited up this season due to a foot injury he suffered during the preseason.
As the Villanova football team struggles along in a rebuilding year, all senior Norman White can do is watch and offer moral support from the sideline.
White, the Wildcats 2010 first-team all-Colonial Athletic Association wide receiver, is out for the season after suffering a lisfranc fracture in his left foot during a preseason workout.
White was granted a medical redshirt, and will be back next year.
By Mike Jensen
Inquirer Staff Writer
On a telephone conference call Monday, Big East presidents authorized the league to "engage in formal discussions with additional institutions" and announced the league is "considering moving to a model that includes 12 football-playing schools,” Big East commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement.
That model could include Villanova and Temple both playing Big East football and possibly being in the league together for all sports, according to league sources.
Getting to 12 schools could be tricky since the Big East may lose more members this week, with Louisville and West Virginia among the possibilities to join the Big 12.
The Boston Globe reported Sunday that Boise State has been discussed as a football-only Big East member. Meanwhile, Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh told the Denver Post Saturday, “Our interest is high in the Big East. That's fair to say. This stuff is moving fast."
The Air Force stance may be the most significant development because the Big East desperately needed one of its targets to show real interest, to show the league can remain viable. If Air Force is interested in joining for football only, moving its other sports from the Mountain West to the Missouri Valley, then Navy presumably will be more comfortable making the move. Army, another Big East football-only target, so far has expressed reluctance.
Other possible Big East targets include Central Florida and East Carolina. Even if Boise State doesn’t sign on, Air Force joining could signal the continued existence of Big East football. Big East sources have indicated that Temple has remained in discussions under all scenarios, with football-only and all sports remaining on the table. Adding these schools also could be the move Villanova needs to commit to Big East football, which has been part of these discussions in recent days, sources indicated.
Raising the exit fee from $5 million to possibly double was reported to be high on the agenda of Monday's Big East call.
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