Villanova is bound for the NCAA Final Four in men’s basketball after beating Houston 50-44 on Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
The Wildcats will be aiming for their fourth NCAA championship. Coached by Jay Wright, they have won as recently as 2018, when they defeated Michigan in the title game – played at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The Villanova fans were outnumbered in Saturday’s game since Houston is practically just down the road from San Antonio. But in the end, Wildcats fans got to see their team cut down the net and hoist the trophy.
One of the best things about working at big sporting events is getting the chance to see old friends from the business.
From Saturday’s NCAA tournament South Regional game at the AT&T Center in San Antonio:
1. Brian Anderson on TV play by play. I first met Brian almost 30 years ago when he was a college baseball player at St. Mary’s in San Antonio. He later went from being on the radio broadcast team for the Double-A San Antonio Missions to television play by play for the Milwaukee Brewers.
2. The historic JJ Perez from InsideRunnerSports.com and Jerry Briggs from theJBreplay.com. JJ is the best known source of news on UTSA football and men’s basketball. Jerry and I started working together more than 40 years ago at the San Antonio Light.
3. Mike Finger from the San Antonio Express-News. Mike brings his special flavor of wit and insight to his work and carries on the tradition of Express-News sports columnists.
4. Aaron Million from Project Spurs.com. Aaron is part of a young generating of journalists who combine photography, video and graphic art in their work.
There has been no official announcement that San Antonio will be part of the next XFL season, which is scheduled to kick off in 2023.
But media reports indicate Reggie Barlow will be San Antonio’s head coach. The city is a logical location for an XFL franchise considering the San Antonio Commanders led the AAF in attendance.
The news about Barlow was originally reported by CBS 6 WTVR in Richmond, Virginia. He is currently the head coach at Virginia State, where he has a 34-16 record. He previously served as head coach at Alabama State.
Barlow played eight seasons in the NFL and was part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2003 Super Bowl championship team. He saw limited action at receiver and returner with the Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 39 career receptions for 522 yards and one touchdown. He also had one kickoff return and two punt returns for touchdowns.