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Randy Foye reflects on college days, 'grandfather' role to Villanova players

Randy Foye reflects on college days, 'grandfather' role to Villanova players

In the blink of the eye, Randy Foye has been in the NBA for over a decade. College still seems like yesterday for the former Villanova standout, especially when he returns to Philadelphia.

"It's a dream come true," Foye, now 33, said. "It's my 11th year and it seems like it went by so fast. ... I still feel as though I'm a kid. That's how I know I really enjoy playing the game a lot."

Foye, the starting point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, reflected as he sat in the visiting locker room of the Wells Fargo Center to play the Sixers. The arena held an important meaning to him as he chased his pro dreams in college.

"This is a special place," Foye said. "Even though we play on the Main Line, this is where it all started, where you got that atmosphere of your lifetime of being an NBA player and you got a chance to play in the building Allen Iverson was putting up big numbers in every night."

Foye was drafted seventh overall in 2006. The Celtics traded him to the Trail Blazers on draft night, and he has suited up for seven teams over his career.

Foye reflects on his collegiate success with pride. The team's accomplishments supersede his awards, which included Big East Player of the Year, Wooden Award Finalist, Sporting News First Team All-American and Big 5 Outstanding Player of the Year.

"The tenacity, resiliency that no matter size or height, guard someone that's seven inches taller than you, we just fought every single day," Foye said. "That's what stands out to me. Not all the accolades I received or Allan Ray or those guys, but just the heart that we had."

Foye respected that same fight from this year's Villanova squad, who were eliminated in the second round by Wisconsin. The Wildcats earned the top overall seed in the tournament coming off a title season.

"They had a great year," Foye said. "No matter what happens in the NCAA Tournament, obviously we want them go win it every year, but that's impossible."

As new Villanova players enter the NBA, Foye tries to be a veteran mentor the way Kerry Kittles was for him. Foye considers himself to have a "grandfather" role to alumni and wants to keep a connection with all of those from the school.

"It's unique," Foye said, "because I just look at it like Coach (Jay Wright) always says to me: 'Tradition never dies.'"

James Madison shows why it's No. 1 in FCS with win over No. 11 Villanova

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James Madison shows why it's No. 1 in FCS with win over No. 11 Villanova

BOX SCORE

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Bryan Schor threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns, and defending FCS champion James Madison beat Villanova 30-8 on Saturday to set a conference record with 18 straight victories.

The Dukes broke Richmond's Colonial Athletic Association mark, set from 2008-09. James Madison hasn't lost to another FCS member since the second round of the 2015 playoffs against Colgate.

James Madison built a 13-0 lead at halftime after holding Villanova to just 58 yards with three sacks and an interception. The Wildcats pulled to 16-8 early in the fourth but Schor connected with David Eldridge for a 29-yard score. Brandon Hereford capped it with his first career pick and touchdown with 1:57 left.

Terrence Alls made seven catches for 83 yards for James Madison (6-0, 3-0), which hosted ESPN's College Gameday for the second time.

The popular pre-game program aired for the eighth time from a FCS location. It helped draw the second-largest crowd in school history with 25,993.

Jimmy Moreland made an interception on Villanova's third play of the game and James Madison got to the Wildcats' 5 before settling for a 3-0 lead. Clayton Cheatham extended it 13-0 by catching an open pass over the middle and breaking tackles near the end zone for a 23-yard score.

Schor went over 5,000 career passing yards in the first half.

Freshman Kyle McCloskey started the second half at quarterback for Villanova (4-3, 2-2). He threw for 15 yards and added 43 yards on the ground. The Wildcats, who entered allowing just 13.2 points per game, were held to 174 total yards.

College Gameday
The ESPN crew was also live from James Madison in 2015 in front of more than 12,000 fans. The game against Richmond drew a Bridgeforth Stadium-record crowd of 26,069.

Up Next
Villanova has a bye week before hosting Elon on Oct. 28.

James Madison plays at William & Mary next Saturday.

Jay Wright to receive John R. Wooden 'Legends of Coaching' honor

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Jay Wright to receive John R. Wooden 'Legends of Coaching' honor

Jay Wright will recieve the John R. Wooden Award's "Legends of Coaching" honor in 2018. The award goes to coaches who personify legendary coach John Wooden's standards of coaching success and personal integrity.

Wright will be honored on April 6 at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles.

Wright has 23 years of coaching under his belt with his last 16 coming at Villanova. In his last 13 seasons on the Main Line, the Wildcats have reached the NCAA Tournament 12 times, including a national championship in 2016 with a thrilling 77-74 victory over North Carolina.

Wright and his squad begin the 2017-18 season Nov. 10 against Columbia at the Wells Fargo Center.