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NIMBYism strikes in Radnor (and so do feral cats, apparently). The Township Planning Commission has rejected Villanova's bid for a $200 million expansion that would yield new dorms, a parking garage, and a performing arts center. The move was designed in part to lure student living in apartments and houses back to campus, an outcome you'd think noise-averse Radnorians would support. Still, the Commission voted 8-1, echoing fears from residents that the plan"would transform a quiet neighborhood into a noisy extension of the 10,600-student Wildcat campus." Next up, a final vote by the Township Board of Commissioners. [Inquirer]
Morning Glory Diner booster Jim Cramer will be taping "Mad Money" shows from Villanova today. The tapings will last from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today. (More information on what to do and, um, how to dress is here.) Wait, did someone say shows? As in, plural? As in, he tapes these things ahead of time? You mean the up-to-the-minute financial advice I'm getting from Cramer is really just last week's news? Just another reason to be skeptical of the gong-banging Wyndmoor native, perhaps... [Patch]
AAC! Yes, that's exactly what I said when I found out what the Big East would be called next year: AAC! The conference formerly known as the Big East, stripped of its Catholic basketball-first schools, will be adopt the boring, meaningless and awkwardly acronymed name, the American Athletic Conference. The league will feature (for the time being) Rutgers, Louisville, Connecticut, South Florida, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Memphis, Houston, SMU and Temple. AAC! To clear up any confusion: there will be another conference called the "Big East" next year, but it'll only consist of those aforementioned Catholic basketball schools.Said new AAC! Commissioner Mike
There a million ways to fill out an NCAA bracket. Mascot. Underdogs. Overdogs. Nate Silver. Or this way, courtesy of The New Yorker: Which teams spend and generate the most money through their college hoops programs. Here's a sample of what the bracket would look like, if the biggest spender won this year. (Duke, duh.)How do Philly's schools stack up? Villanova leads the way, as the 20th-biggest spender in this year's field, at $6,398,678. Next is Temple, in 39th place. Finally, little old LaSalle clocks in at 51. For the record, #14 seed Harvard spends four times less than #3
It was a lot of fun to watch the elation displayed by La Salle’s basketball players when they learned the Explorers had been selected to play in the NCAA tournament. Villanova and Temple team members were pretty darn happy, too, even though the chances of their inclusions were considered more likely than those of their fellow Big Five competitors.
It's time for March Madness! Philly has placed three teams in the NCAA Tournament this year—La Salle, which returns after a 21-year absence, joins Villanova and Temple, which make the big dance rather more often.ABC 6 reports:La Salle was one of the few teams that had to actually see its name on TV to know it truly made the field. While the Explorers boasted wins over Butler and VCU, their disappointing loss against the Bulldogs in the Atlantic 10 tournament left them nervous watching the selection show.When the Explorers saw their name on TV, they went wild. The players all
Main Line Media News reports: "According to police, [20 year-old Tyler] Jones used his iPhone to secretly tape the women while they were visiting Switzerland. Once back at Villanova, police say he uploaded the videos to pornographic websites. One woman learned that she had been taped after she had been told by another person that a video of her getting dressed was online." He's since been released on bail and returns to court in March to face charges that he disseminated child pornography. [Main Line Media]
Early last month, I tweeted a completely innocuous message about being glad that my mother was with me when I fainted twice on the floor of CVS after getting a flu shot.Hours later, I received a tweet from someone I didn’t know, @NovaClubNu, a guy or a group of guys seemingly from Villanova University (my alma mater).
It would be great if the presidents of the seven former Big East schools that defected Saturday held a press conference soon to declare their desire to stop chasing fame and riches through the exploits of their men’s basketball teams. They could say that schools like Oregon and LSU and Ohio State could continue their quests for TV millions and floods of applicants without them. And they could promise that the seven institutions were finally out of the big-time athletics business and would from here on be true to their missions and would stand tall on the strengths of their academic achievements.I’m also hoping Santa brings me a pony for Christmas this year.
It looks like the Big East's seven Catholic schools--Villanova, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, and Seton Hall--are on the verge of breaking their basketball programs away from the conference, in part to sever their ties with the rest of the league's lame football teams. It's a sad day for tradition, but with the recent departures of Syracuse, Pitt, Notre Dame, and West Virginia, the Big East was never going to be the same anyways. And forget about 'Nova and St. Joe's in the same league--the Catholic seven almost certainly won't be merging with the Atlantic 10. [Sports Illustrated]