Temple has plans to build indoor football practice facility

Posted: June 03, 2012

The Temple football program might have a better solution for dealing with practices in the cold weather.

There are preliminary plans to build an indoor practice facility along 15th Street behind the renovated Pearson-McGonigle Halls. Originally, there was some discussion of erecting a simple practice "bubble" behind the Edberg-Olson Hall football complex.

"We are talking about putting it behind the basketball practice facility, back there. That track," Temple football coach Steve Addazio said of a possible permanent indoor practice facility.

"Originally, the bubble was good," Addazio said. "And it may still be a bubble. But in September, if you get a week of rain, where do you go? It's not up yet."

A permanent indoor practice structure could also be used by the men's and women's soccer teams.

"That's just one more step for us," Addazio said. "What do we lack? We don't really lack anything right now. We are a major player in this marketplace now. We just have to continue to grow and win, because winning breeds this stuff."

Temple's already doing a $10 million expansion and renovations to Edberg-Olson Hall. Those improvements are scheduled to be completed in July.

But right now, the construction of a permanent indoor football practice facility is a discussion, not a certainty.

"I'm talking about it like it's up within a year and a half," Addazio said. "Not up in seven [years]."

One-day camp

The Owls had their first of four one-day summer camps Saturday. Mainland High School's junior placekicker, Jim Cooper Jr., who's father kicked at Temple, was among the headliners.

Cooper's 24 career field goals are six shy of the South Jersey record held by former Lenape standout Rob Juliano.

Harris update

There was a thought that Montel Harris would transfer to Temple after his dismissal from Boston College's football team in May.

The running back, who recently graduated from B.C., has one season of eligibility remaining. The Eagles' all-time leading rusher can play anywhere he likes immediately, assuming he takes graduate courses not offered at B.C.

Addazio was asked if he has added Harris or any other potential transfers to the roster.

"Not right now," he said.

Contact Keith Pompey at 215-854-2939 or kpompey@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter @pompeysgridlock.

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