Temple angling for December football in Hawaii

Posted: October 25, 2012

Multiple Temple sources have confirmed a Honolulu Star-Advertiser report that the Owls are trying to schedule a football game with Hawaii at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium in December.

After rejoining the Big East in March, Temple (3-3) was left with only 11 games on this season's schedule. Since then, the Owls have been attempting to schedule a 12th opponent, to make it easier to get the six wins needed to become bowl-eligible for the fourth consecutive season. One source said discussions with Hawaii have been on and off since August.

Under its current 11-game schedule, Temple would have to win three of its remaining five games to reach six victories.

A struggling team, the Warriors (1-5) would provide a great opportunity for the Owls to get a needed victory.

Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw has a policy of not talking about games that are not finalized. But he did acknowledge that something was going on.

"One of the challenges we had in joining the Big East was going from eight conference games to seven," Bradshaw said. "And we worked diligently to schedule a 12th game."

Temple was a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference during the previous five seasons.

"It's very far from a done deal," Warriors acting athletic director Rockne Freitas told the Star-Advertiser.

If the game goes through, a Temple source said, it will be played on Dec. 8.


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