VILLANOVA’S GREAT COACH ANDY TALLEY IS RETIRING

By Adam Sinkler

Villanova’s football program is about to have some big and talented shoes to fill.

According to multiple reports, Andy Talley, 72, will step down and assistant coach Mark Ferrante will be named Talley’s successor.

Talley has a career record of 249-152, and is currently the winningest active coach in the FBS and FCS ranks. Villanova plays in FCS and is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.

The winningest active coach in FBS is Alabama coach Nick Saban. The win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game was Saban’s 196th win, though he’s officially credited with 191 wins by the NCAA. The 191 number puts him second to Kansas State coach Bill Snyder.

Talley has been the coach at Villanova since the program brought football back in 1985. Before he joined the Wildcats he was the coach at St. Lawrence from 1979-1983.

The Wildcats were 6-5 in 2015, a year after going 11-3 and making the FCS quarterfinals. VIllanova won the 2009 FCS Championship with a 14-1 record.

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