September 2, 2016 |
EVEN THOUGH being ranked No. 1 in the preseason is generally a death sentence, it is kind of interesting that seven teams received first-place votes - the most in 18 years. Alabama may be the consensus, but there are plenty of schools tugging on Big Al's trunk. Clemson has an electrifying quarterback. LSU has a horse for a running back and the bitter taste of revenge. Oklahoma will be a factor, Florida State has an accommodating schedule and Houston - fresh off a monster bowl win - is looking to crash the party.
March 4, 2016 |
When Kevin M. Touhey would speak to football players at Shawnee High School in Medford, he wouldn't talk about winning. "He was trying to get them to trust each other," said Tim Gushue, head football coach there. "He was focusing on the intrinsic value of playing sports. " As the team approached the 2002 season, "we were struggling, a dysfunctional group," Gushue said, until a friend recommended Mr. Touhey. Since 2002, when Mr. Touhey began his weekly motivational sessions during each football season, Gushue said, "we've won six state championships.
November 25, 2015 |
WHEN THEN-athletic director Bill Bradshaw introduced Al Golden as Temple's next football coach a decade ago to take over a program that had become a punch line, he made a point that proved prophetic. "If another school is looking to hire him away from us at some point," Bradshaw noted, "then we hired the right guy. " And after five seasons of changing the culture while transitioning into a new conference (Mid-American) and making the Owls relevant for the first time since Paul Palmer, Golden did indeed go to Miami in 2009.
October 29, 2015 |
IT IS A TIME to reflect for Illinois interim football coach Bill Cubit, a Delaware County native, and a time to deflect for Penn State coach James Franklin. Franklin, a Langhorne native, strongly denied Tuesday that he has any interest in the job at the University of Miami, left vacant when Al Golden was fired Sunday. Dennis Dodd, of CBSSports.com, speculated in an online report that Franklin was one of 12 potential candidates for the position, writing that there were "rumblings" that the PSU boss might want to make a move, if for no other reason than he would have an easier time winning in the ACC Coastal than the Big Ten East.
October 29, 2015 |
TEMPLE COACH Matt Rhule talked to his former boss, Al Golden, on Monday, some 24 hours after the former Owl coach was let go by Miami before completing his fifth season. "He was just fired up for us," Rhule said. "Sometimes, like everything in life, (it's) wrong place, wrong time or just not the fit. I'm unbelievably grateful for the opportunity Al gave me (by putting him on his staff in 2006). Temple should be unbelievably grateful for what he did when he came here. From when I first got here to when Al left (in 2010)
October 28, 2015 |
At this high point of his career, Temple football coach Matt Rhule talked to his old boss, Al Golden, at an opposite point, just fired from Miami where Golden went directly from Temple. "I talked to Al yesterday," Rhule said at his Tuesday press luncheon. "He just was fired up for us. Al's an outstanding coach, right? Sometimes, like everything else in life, you're at the wrong place at the wrong time or it's not a fit. " Rhule went on about how he was "unbelievably grateful" for the opportunities Golden gave him and how Temple should be just as grateful for what Golden did for the football program.
September 23, 2015 |
THE CONSENSUS in the days following Temple football's nail-biting, 25-23 victory over Massachusetts has been that the "old" Temple football team wouldn't have possessed the resolve to pull out a victory under such daunting circumstances. Down three with 1:20 to play, Temple's Will Hayes returned the failed PAT attempt for two points, and P.J. Walker masterfully orchestrated a 10-play, 50-yard drive, ending with an Austin Jones' game-winning, 32-yard field goal. The 3-0 Owls couldn't have asked for much more to go their way. Temple's offensive performance Saturday was surely something new, at least for this year's team, with Walker going 28-for-48 and throwing for a career-high 391 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
September 11, 2015 |
BY THE TIME Hershey Walton was in middle school, a lot of folks thought he had what it took to become a pretty good football player. But there weren't many who felt they could say the same about him as a student. Maybe not even him. "I kind of struggled in school," recalled Walton, now a fifth-year senior defensive lineman at Temple. "The first time I played football, in seventh grade, I was actually ineligible. I had to get my grades up. I was a kid. I didn't know any better. Everybody matures at different times.
May 19, 2015 |
This article was updated on Tuesday, May 19, to include reports of the cause of death. ONE OF THE players who helped revive Temple's football program under Al Golden passed away on Saturday night. Former Owls defensive end Adrian Robinson, the MAC Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2009, was 25. According to multiple outlets, including the Harrisburg Patriot-News and the Denver Post , Robinson committed suicide. His brother, Averee, is a rising junior nose tackle for the Owls.
January 27, 2015 |
George Washington High's Shareef Miller, a hard-charging defensive end with a quick first step, committed Sunday to play at Penn State while on an official visit to State College. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, chose the Nittany Lions over runner-up Pittsburgh, Arizona State, Florida, Miami, Rutgers, and Temple, among others. "He wanted to stay pretty close to home," said Ron Cohen, Washington's recently retired coach. "He likes it at Penn State.