Assistant Chillious leaving Villanova for Washington


Assistant Chillious leaving Villanova for Washington

Villanova has announced that assistant basketball coach Raphael Chillious is returning to the University of Washington.

Chillious was an assistant under Jay Wright during the 2012 season after serving as an assistant to Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar for three seasons.

“Raphael did an outstanding job with our team last year,” Wright said in a statement. “He and his wife Charlene and daughter Zaya quickly became a part of our Villanova family. Raphael has an opportunity to return to Washington in a more integral position on that staff. The 'Nova Nation will miss ‘Chill’ and his family.”

Chillious helped Villanova return to the NCAA tournament last season, as the Wildcats went 20-14 and were awarded a No. 9 seed in the Big Dance. They lost in their first game to No. 8-seeded North Carolina.


Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

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Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

This is starting to become a trend. One Temple hopes to continue to prove wrong.

For the third straight year, Temple was chosen to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is voted on by the conference's head coaches.

Also selected to finish sixth last season, the Owls posted a 21-12 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the AAC to reach the NCAA Tournament. In 2014-15, TU tied for third in the AAC with a 13-5 record and was one of the last teams left out of the Big Dance.

Cincinnati was tabbed to win the American title in the poll, just ahead of UConn.

Temple, who returns three starters from last season's team, opens the 2016-17 campaign against city rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 11.

After beating Ohio State, Penn State ranked for 1st time since 2011

After beating Ohio State, Penn State ranked for 1st time since 2011

After its signature win over Ohio State on Saturday night, Penn State finds itself ranked for the first time since 2011.

The Nittany Lions (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) are ranked No. 24 in the latest AP poll. The Lions stunned the Buckeyes, 24-21, on Saturday in a White Out at Beaver Stadium (see game story).

With the loss, Ohio State drops from No. 2 in the country to No. 6 (see full poll).

While head coach James Franklin sidestepped the signature win question after the game (see story), there is no question the Ohio State win is one that has been lacking in the Franklin era at State College. Even junior cornerback Grant Haley, who scored the go-ahead, 60-yard touchdown off a blocked field goal in the fourth quarter, believes it was much-needed too.

“It’s just a game that put Penn State back on the map," Haley said. "We needed that signature win, and we did it tonight."

Penn State heads to Purdue next Saturday for a noon kickoff against the Boilermakers.