Relive Villanova's Title Run through National Championship Media Coverage

Father Rob Hagan
Father Rob Hagan, OSA, Villanova Team Chaplain and Associate Athletics Director, was interviewed on the Today Show ahead of the Wildcats' Final Four Game.

Want to relive Villanova's 2018 National Championship run? Check out some of the University's top media coverage from its title journey.

Philadelphia cheers NCAA champs Villanova with parade

ESPN – 04/06/2018

Thousands of fans lined up in downtown Philadelphia to celebrate another sports championship with a parade, this time for Villanova University's Wildcats.

National championship gives Villanova another boost

Philadelphia Inquirer – 04/06/2018

National studies are mixed on whether winning a national title in a major sport helps a university, but at Villanova, school officials are thrilled with how the basketball team’s success has played out over the last two years.

Highlights from Villanova Championship Parade, Rally

6ABC Philadelphia – 04/06/2018

Phil Booth is called the heart of the National Champion Villanova Wildcats team by coach Jay Wright. Wright says Booth, who came back to play after suffering a broken hand, is looking to win a third championship at the school.

Villanova Wildcats Championship Chaplain Father Rob Is Like Sister Jean at Loyola

Fox News – 04/04/2018

One of the most important members of the NCAA champion Villanova Wildcats basketball team doesn't play on the boards. Reverend Robert Hagan, the team's associate athletic director and chaplain, told Martha MacCallum the reason his team has been successful in recent years.

Villanova goes from dominant to dynasty with NCAA title romp

Associated Press – 04/04/2018

Villanova players flash their fingers in a “V″ symbol to celebrate big wins. For coach Jay Wright, that’s a finger for every national championship ring.

Villanova’s Steak Dynasty Built With PBJ Players

The Wall Street Journal – 04/04/2018

Ten seconds remained in the NCAA men’s basketball championship Monday when a fan held up a hand-lettered sign: “2016 déjà vu.”

Juggernaut Villanova Crushes Michigan to Win N.C.A.A. Championship

The New York Times – 04/04/2018

Juggernauts are not supposed to look like this, without a superstar, a catchy nickname, a lineup of future N.B.A. All-Stars or the air of intimidation that is palpable even in layup lines. Villanova has none of these things.

The best front pages after Villanova's championship: 'Donte's Inferno' to 'Maize & Bruised'

USA Today – 04/03/2018

No. 1 seed Villanova captured its second national championship in three years – third overall – Monday night in large part thanks to Donte DiVincenzo. The sophomore guard scored a game-high 31 points off the bench to lead the Wildcats to a 79-62 victory over the No. 3 seed Michigan Wolverines.

Villanova's Dominance Proves the Power of a Well-Built Program

Sports Illustrated – 04/03/2018

This was supposed to be a college basketba.ll season with no truly great team, an odd year defined by top-of-the-polls tumult that would leave the NCAA tournament open for the taking. Yet on the first Monday in April there was Villanova, laying waste to both that tired narrative and to Michigan on an elevated court in San Antonio’s Alamodome, with a majestic brand of ball at once modern in its approach and old-school in its mind-set.

Villanova makes its case as a historically great championship team

USA Today – 04/03/2018

First Mikael Bridges, then Omari Spellman emerged from the hugs and the confetti and ran toward the section behind the baseline where Villanova students were celebrating a national championship that played out more like a coronation.

Villanova Takes Control, Then Makes Statement With Program's Third National Title

Sports Illustrated – 04/03/2018

When Villanova won its first national title in 1985, the Wildcats had to play the perfect game to beat Georgetown—the sport’s resident Goliath. When Villanova won its second national title just two years ago, the Wildcats needed Kris Jenkins to beat the buzzer to overcome North Carolina’s near buzzer beater.

Villanova's title proves it is the best team -- and program -- in all of college basketball

ESPN – 04/03/2018

Phil Booth laughed about it on Sunday when the topic was brought up. When he arrived at Villanova four years ago, the knock on the Wildcats was that they couldn't win in March.

WATCH: Villanova star reacts to NCAA title win

ABC News - Good Morning America – 04/03/2018

Jalen Brunson speaks out on "GMA" about his role in helping Villanova win its second NCAA title in three years.

Villanova Student Featured on Jimmy Kimmel After National Championship Win

ABC – Jimmy Kimmel Live! – 04/03/2018

This was the second title for Villanova in only three years, and one student, I was really impressed, this kid really put the victory in to perspective, he took some time to remind us that a win like this isn’t just about the basketball team.

It's time to put Jay Wright in the pantheon of elite college coaches

ESPN – 04/03/2018

As Villanova players cut down the basketball nets, Kris Jenkins draped his arm around Ryan Arcidiacono and the two former Wildcats reveled in the dynasty their alma mater has created.

It’s Villanova’s world, and college basketball should be glad to be living in it

Washington Post – 04/03/2018

In Villanova’s world, which now should be the most desired locale in college basketball, the best player on the court can be a redshirt sophomore sixth man nicknamed the Big Ragu.

Donte DiVincenzo Is Villanova’s Newest Star. Next Year It’ll Be Someone Else.

The New York Times – 04/03/2018

The last time Villanova reached the Final Four, in 2016, the Wildcats had a date in the national semifinals with Oklahoma and its senior superstar Buddy Hield, a 3-point-shooting guard who was college basketball’s player of the year that season.

Villanova Sprints To Help Teammates! How To Create A Culture Of Shared Purpose

Forbes – 04/03/2018

With seven minutes to go, the Wildcats were up 17 points and Villanova guard Jalen Brunson streaked up the court when he was fouled by a Kansas player. The foul was nothing out of the ordinary, but Brunson lost his balance and tumbled head first to the sideline and ended up face down out of bounds.

Champion Wildcats celebrated upon return to campus

ESPN – 04/03/2018

Amid chants of "Nova! Nova!" Villanova students and fans loudly welcomed their men's basketball team back to campus Tuesday night, a day after the Wildcats claimed their second national championship in three years.

Jalen Brunson doesn't mind taking a backseat as Donte DiVincenzo drives Villanova to the title

CBS Sports – 04/03/2018

Villanova didn't need Jalen Brunson to be vintage Jalen Brunson in Monday night's national championship game.

Basketball Success Inspiring Special Connection With Nova Community

CBS3 Philadelphia – 04/03/2018

Back in 2016, the Villanova men’s basketball team received over 50,000 media hits throughout the NCAA tournament. The morning after their win, they landed the front page of two-hundred newspapers.

In the nick of time, college basketball has its behemoth

Washington Post – 04/02/2018

The frightening thing about Villanova isn't that the Wildcats can make 18 three-pointers on the biggest stage and force proud ol' Kansas to substitute disappointment with awe after a Final Four blowout. It's plenty terrifying, but here's what should really make blood curdle: That shooting trick, nearly impossible to replicate, is merely a superfluous exhibition that gets the attention of the casual observer.

They held an Easter Sunday Mass in San Antonio and a Villanova pep rally nearly broke out

CBS Sports – 04/01/2018

It may have been the first Catholic mass that started with a standing ovation for a basketball team. Considering the roll Villanova is on, the Wildcats, on the cusp of their second national championship in three years, better get used to the adulation.

Villanova Celebrates Easter Together in San Antonio

Fox 29 – 04/01/2018

The day after advancing to the NC game, thousands of fans filed in for Easter Mass supporting their team and their community. It was just incredible to come up here this morning. We had over 3,000 people in this room.

Villanova President Father Peter Donohue Ready for Team to Take Home Second Trophy in Three Years

6ABC Philadelphia – 04/01/2018

We are less than three hours away from Villanova tipping off against the University of Michigan tonight in pursuit of its second national championship in three years.

Why Catholic Colleges Excel at Basketball

The New York Times – 03/30/2018

Long before a 98-year-old nun became the biggest star of the 2018 N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament, Immaculata, a small Catholic college outside Philadelphia, won the first three de facto national women’s basketball championships.

Villanova’s Father Rob Featured on The Today Show

The Today Show – 03/30/2018

We move on now, shifting gears, and it’s March Madness. The Final Four tips off tomorrow night and there are a number of storylines to watch … the stage is set in San Antonio, Villanova, Kansas, Michigan, and of course, the surprise of this tournament, Loyola-Chicago, all ready to battle it out.

Villanova and Loyola reaching Final Four brings to light Catholic embrace of basketball

USA Today – 03/29/2018

Rev. Michael Steltenkamp is betwixt and between. Loyola-Chicago plays Michigan on Saturday in the Final Four. And he doesn’t know for whom to cheer.

You Know Sister Jean. Meet Father Rob.

The New York Times – 03/26/2018

Move over, Sister Jean. And make some room at the Final Four for Father Rob. Villanova has a beloved team chaplain, too. And while the 98-year-old nun Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt has been getting international attention for her role with Loyola Chicago during its deep run in the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament, the Rev. Rob Hagan also has a spiritual connection to a Final Four team. He has had a hand in Villanova’s success for more than a decade.

Villanova President Talks Final Four Excitement as Team Heads to San Antonio

NBC10 Philadelphia – 03/26/2018

On the road to the Final Four. Within the past ten minutes, Nova Nation gave the Villanova Wildcats a Texas-sized send-off.

Villanova’s Mike O’Neill Discuss Alumni Excitement Ahead of Final Four Game

FOX29 Philadelphia – 03/26/2018

The journey to San Antonio begins for Villanova, the Wildcats facing the Kansas Jayhawks in the Final Four this weekend, our Bruce Gordon reports from the campus of Villanova University.