Owls Coach Suspends Richardson For Season

Posted: November 15, 1991

Temple senior quarterback Anthony Richardson, who played in all nine games this season for the Owls, with one start, has been suspended for the rest of the season for disciplinary reasons.

Temple coach Jerry Berndt refused to elaborate, saying only that Richardson was suspended for a series of on-field incidents "not becoming of Temple football."

"You hate to do things like this, and you especially hate to do it to a kid like Anthony, who has been with me for three years and only has two games left in his senior year," said Berndt. "But for the good of the team, sometimes these things have to be done. It was just a series of things that prompted it."

Richardson could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Richardson, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, has had a relatively lackluster season. He was Temple's starter in the season opener against Alabama, but lost the job the next week to current starter Trent Thompson after completing only 3 of 17 passes for 69 yards, with three interceptions. Richardson completed only 16 of 55 passes this season (29.1 percent) for 212 yards and two touchdowns, and was intercepted six times. In his best performance, he completed 6 of 17 passes for 84 yards and one TD on Nov. 2 in a loss to Syracuse.

He had started five games at Temple going into this season, and finished the 1989 season, his sophomore year, as the starter in place of injured Matt Baker.

With Richardson gone, Chris Paliscek, a 6-4, 189-pound redshirt freshman, will be Thompson's backup for tomorrow afternoon's game at Rutgers. Paliscek has yet to take a snap in a college game.

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