Villanova Ranked Number One … in Business

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Stop if you’ve heard this before: Villanova is number one. This week, though, it’s not about basketball. The Bloomberg Businessweek 2016 Best Undergraduate Business Schools rankings were released today, and Villanova University’s Villanova School of Business was ranked as the number one undergraduate business school in America.  Read more »

This 7-Year-Old Villanova Fan’s Letter to Jay Wright Is Impossibly Cute

Annie Seminick's letter; Jay Wright, (Aaron Doster, USA Today Sports)

Annie Seminick’s letter; Jay Wright, (Aaron Doster, USA Today Sports)

Kris Jenkins‘ dramatic, last-second buzzer beater to clinch the title last Monday ignited members of  ‘Nova Nation all over the country. But it wasn’t just students and alumni who went wild for the ‘Cats’ first title since 1985. A potential member of the Class of 2031 couldn’t contain her euphoria and pride, either.

Annie Seminack, a 7-year-old Nationer, wrote a letter to Naismith Coach of the Year Jay Wright with perhaps the best — or at least the cutest — words of congratulations he’s received since his team hoisted the championship trophy: Read more »

The Guy Who Won Coach of the Year Gave His Award to Jay Wright

The Big 5 held its annual awards dinner last night, honoring a pretty good year in Philadelphia college basketball. Sure, La Salle and Penn missed the NCAA tournament, but both those programs should be on the upswing. Temple qualified for the NCAA tournament, Saint Joseph’s won its first round game and Villanova — if you haven’t heard — won the national championship on a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Surprisingly, though, Villanova was not the big winner at the Palestra dinner. It was Saint Joseph’s that took home most of the awards, with DeAndre Bembry winning Big 5 Player of the Year and Phil Martelli getting coach of the year. It’s easy to see how this happened: Bembry is viewed as a legit NBA prospect who had a solid year, even if (in this reporter’s humble opinion) Josh Hart was the best player in the city this season.

And Villanova was expected to be a top team this season; the Wildcats were ranked 9th and 11th in the two major preseason polls. Saint Joseph’s was not expected to win 28 games this season. Coaches of teams that perform better than expected usually win Coach of the Year awards.

Plus, these awards were voted on before the NCAA tournament. Read more »

Main Line Monday: Stylish Stucco in Villanova

29 Aldwyn Ln, Villanova, Pa. 19085

29 Aldwyn Lane, Villanova, Pa. 19085 | TREND Images via BHHS Fox & Roach

This week we head out to the home of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions for Main Line Monday to highlight an utterly charming house in Villanova. It’s got four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,400 square feet, and it is currently on sale for $674,900.

Any conversation regarding this Tudor home has to begin with the exterior. It has cream stucco with blue wood-beam accents, a color combination that you don’t see very often. There are also green shutters and a green arched doorway that lends a fairy tale cottage vibe. The tall, singular stone chimney only adds to that. We also love the patio that it has out back. About the only downside of the exterior is that it sits on a relatively small lot: only 0.27 acres.

Inside, it is a pleasantly updated home. It’s headlined by an especially spacious kitchen, part of a new kitchen/family room addition at the back, that has butcher block counters, stainless steel appliances and built-in pantry cabinetry that runs from the floor to the ceiling. There’s also a living room with hardwood floors and a gas fireplace. On the second level there are two family bedrooms, the master bedroom and a bathroom with a frameless glass tub/shower enclosure. There’s a third-floor suite with its own bathroom that can be converted to a master suite as well.

THE FINE PRINT 

BEDS: 4

BATHS: 3

SQUARE FEET: 2,400

PRICE: $674,900

ADDITIONAL INFO: The home also comes with new two-zone air conditioning, a new security system and a new hot water heater.



Should the Sixers Woo Villanova’s Jay Wright?

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Indulge me this post as I find a way to weave the resignation of Sam Hinkie as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers with the Villanova Wildcats winning the 2016 college basketball national championship.

First, Hinkie.

The man who urged us to believe in his process of sucking on an NBA basketball floor in order to accumulate better draft picks that would hopefully build the foundation of a championship basketball team, jumped off the cliff last night before he had a chance to be pushed off. It is no big secret that Hinkie’s job — as he knew it — was in jeopardy once the Sixers hired Jerry Colangelo to be their president/overseer. Colangelo had his son Bryan, a former GM in the NBA, on ice, just waiting to be pulled out of the tub to take over the Sixers’ GM job.

In a nutshell, Hinkie was doomed by NBA league executives, who reportedly badgered a young Sixers ownership group for the disgraceful product they were putting out every night, into hiring Colangelo, who I suspect always had it in his mind to clip Hinkie in favor of his kid. Read more »

What It Was Like at ’Nova’s Parade

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Photo by Mike Meech

Philadelphia parades are unique.

You probably know this. There’s the Mummers, full of feathers and questionable costume choices. There’s the Thanksgiving parade, which features a dozen balloon castoffs that don’t fit into other parades. Earlier this year, the pope paraded around the city. And, occasionally — very occasionally — there are sports championship parades.

Today, the city celebrated Villanova’s national championship with a $6,500 parade that went five blocks from 20th and Market to Dilworth Park at City Hall. Read more »

Jay Wright: “I Love My Job Here”

Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright celebrates after beating the Kansas Jayhawks in the south regional final of the NCAA Tournament.

Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright celebrates after beating the Kansas Jayhawks in the south regional final of the NCAA Tournament.

Now that he’s won an NCAA championship with Villanova, the NBA is surely going to come calling on Jay Wright. But Wright sounds — mostly — like he’s happy sticking to his current post.

“I love my job here, I really do,” he told Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP this morning.

Cataldi asked Wright if he would even listen to an NBA offer. Read more »

SEPTA and the Villanova Parade: What You Need to Know

Villanova players celebrates after Kris Jenkins, center, scores a game winning three point basket in the closing seconds of NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game.

Villanova players celebrates after Kris Jenkins, center, scores a game winning three point basket in the closing seconds of NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game.

The Villanova University Wildcats are the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions, winning in dramatic fashion on Monday night on a buzzer-beating three pointer from Kris Jenkins to defeat the University of North Carolina, 77-74.

They returned to the Main Line yesterday afternoon and were greeted to a welcome home rally at Villanova Stadium. That isn’t the only celebration however, as they are also having a parade down Market Street this Friday at 1 p.m. The parade will begin at 20th and will go down Market Street to Dilworth Park.

With the expected crowds this Friday, SEPTA just announced its service plans for the afternoon. Read more »

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