President Obama Will Host Villanova Wildcats at White House

It’s back-to-back good news for the Villanova Wildcats.

The Villanova basketball team is scheduled to visit President Obama at the White House next Tuesday for an honorary ceremony celebrating their NCAA championship win in April.

The announcement came just as Josh Hart declared he’s returning to the defending national champion team for his senior season. Read more »

The Philly Area Schools That Rejected Barack Obama’s and Tom Hanks’ College Applications

Barack Obama in his official Senate portrait. Tom Hanks, Photo | Alan Light, CC BY 2.0.

Barack Obama in his official Senate portrait. Tom Hanks, Photo | Alan Light, CC BY 2.0.

I was reading something the other day — I can’t remember what, because the Internet has made reading 80,000 things a day way too easy — in which the author commented snidely on adults who remember their SAT scores. I flushed with embarrassment, because, naturally, I remember my SAT scores. (They were pretty good.) In my experience, most people remember their SAT scores, just like they remember the colleges that rejected their applications (okay for you, Princeton; who’d want to go to Ted Cruz’s college, anyway?) for the rest of their lives.

That may be why I, um, clicked through recently to a slideshow that revealed what colleges rejected some Very Famous People, and thereby learned that I’m in great company. Tina Fey was also rejected by Princeton. (OMG, she and Lyin’ Ted would have been in the same class!John Kerry, Tom Brokow, Matt Groening and Meredith Vieira were rejected by Harvard. (Vieira reports she was “devastated.”) Katie Couric was turned down by Smith. (Who gets turned down by Smith?) Read more »

Stoneleigh To Become Public Garden

One of the pathways at Stoneleigh, the former John and Clara Haas estate in Villanova. Photos | Natural Lands Trust

One of the pathways at Stoneleigh, the former John and Clara Haas estate in Villanova. Photos | Natural Lands Trust

The former home of John and Clara Haas in Villanova became part of the region’s cultural and botanical patrimony today at a noontime ceremony on the grounds.

That was when the Haas children formally donated the 42-acre Stoneleigh estate to the Natural Lands Trust.

The trust will operate the estate as a garden and nature preserve that will be free and open to the public. The mansion itself will serve as both a space for lectures and other public events and the new home of the Organ Historical Society (OHS) along with its library and archives. Currently headquartered in Richmond, Va., OHS is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to celebrating, preserving and studying pipe organ history. Read more »

Villanova Ranked Number One … in Business

Photo | Facebook

Photo | Facebook

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 »

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