SO WHAT'S in a numeral anyhow? Well, when it comes to Temple football, it can be a pretty serious deal. If you get to wear a single digit on your jersey, it means everything. And you have to earn the right, by either a vote of your teammates or, in certain cases, an act of the coaching staff. It's a distinction that's never been taken casually. Because those numbers have gone to the nine guys judged to be the team's toughest.
GIVEN HIS CHOICE, Harry Perretta would rather drive than fly. Even if his Wildcats happened to be playing at, say, Tennessee against his friend, the late Pat Summitt. But these last two weeks the Villanova womens' basketball coach hasn't had a choice. Not that he's complaining.
IT WAS A Saturday in late March, a quarter of a century ago. I had dinner with my family at a Chi Chi's in Franklin Mills Mall that hasn't been there for about two decades now. And it's called Philadelphia Mills these days. I was covering the Duke-Kentucky NCAA East Regional final later that night in South Philly, so I had time to enjoy a comfortable meal with my wife, parents and two children, then aged 8 and 6. Pass the salsa, please.
MARK FERRANTE knew this head-coaching thing was bound to feel different. He just wasn't sure exactly how, or by how much. But when Villanova's first new football coach since 1985 took his team on the field Sunday for the first of 15 spring practices, he finally could tell.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - So you thought that just because Villanova finally won a second-round NCAA Tournament game last March then proceeded to win four more times over the next two weeks meant the Wildcats would never have to answer any more questions.