May 16, 2016 |
Did it bother Bruce Arians, new to his job as Temple's head football coach in 1983, that Temple's president, Peter Liacouras, publicly expected Arians' Owls to make it to the Sugar Bowl in short order? It did not. "That's what I thought, too," Arians said over the phone Friday afternoon. "I wanted to work for someone who thought like that. It was fun to work for someone who dreamed the same way you did. " It took Arians three decades to achieve such heights, in his second head-coaching job - in the NFL, with the Arizona Cardinals - but he hasn't forgotten his first head-coaching stop, which is why Arians, just off a plane, returned a call back to Philadelphia.
February 17, 2014 |
Larry Brown - in the second year of his basketball revival - awoke early Monday morning before making his way toward Southern Methodist's basketball arena. It was two days after his Mustangs squad stormed past nationally ranked Cincinnati. And later that afternoon, SMU (20-5, 9-3 American Athletic Conference) would find itself ranked for the first time in 20 years. But Brown said that what he saw as he neared Moody Coliseum was more meaningful than an upset win or national ranking.
March 30, 2013 |
If Duke basketball is a religion, its sanctuary is a quirky campus arena located 350 miles south of Philadelphia, where the Blue Devils made yet another NCAA tournament appearance this weekend. Thanks to Duke's prolonged run of excellence, 73-year-old Cameron Indoor Stadium - quaint, intimate, home to a noisy and whimsical student section - has become the most ballyhooed symbol of history and charm in a sport that typically pays little attention to either. Classically Georgian in design, Cameron has girdered ceilings, a utilitarian pre-World War II elegance, and an acoustical magic that can transform several thousand voices into an earthquake.
March 20, 2013 |
The tarnished remnants in tiny Tom Gola Arena are reminders of La Salle basketball's increasingly distant golden era. Trophies and mementos from the Explorers' 1950s NCAA and NIT titles, along with photos of Gola, the homegrown superstar who made those championships possible, are ubiquitous inside the 3,400-seat facility that is itself a relic. "La Salle is known for lots of things, but a very prominent one is our basketball history," said athletic director Tom Brennan. "When we're not doing well, we don't get to think about it much.
January 26, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Fran Dunphy is no stranger to historic college basketball arenas. Before coaching at Temple, he spent 17 seasons at Penn, which plays its home games at the Palestra. Dunphy, in his seventh season on North Broad Street, has taken squads to Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium and Kansas' Allen Fieldhouse. The Owls' latest trip to "The Phog" was Jan. 6. On Saturday, Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse will be the site of the Atlantic Ten showdown between the Owls (13-5, 2-2) and the ninth-ranked Bulldogs (16-3, 3-1)
December 4, 2012 |
UNIVERSITY OF Utah officials will honor the legacy of Rick Majerus by hanging a replica of his trademark white sweater from the rafters at the basketball arena where he coached from 1989 to 2004 and regularly led the Utes to the NCAA Tournament. A moment of silence will be held at Utah's next game Wednesday and players will wear black patches in honor of a man Utah athletic director Chris Hill remembered as a "basketball savant. " Majerus died Saturday in Los Angeles while awaiting a heart transplant.
August 25, 2012 |
Are the Sacramento Kings headed east? Inside Business of Norfolk, Va., citing sources who asked not to be identified, reported Thursday that Virginia Beach, Va., officials and the Maloof family, owner of the Kings, are expected to announce on Wednesday that the Kings will move to Virginia Beach. The report did not say when the relocation was to take place. How such a move would affect the NBA is unclear. The Kings play in the Pacific Division, and it's unlikely they would remain there if they moved to Virginia.
July 1, 2010
Rutgers is looking to sell the naming rights to its football stadium and basketball arena. The university announced Wednesday that it has hired Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and IMG College to act as agents in making a deal. The football stadium in Piscataway has long been called Rutgers Stadium. The nearby basketball arena is known as the Louis Brown Athletic Center, but is more popularly known as the Rutgers Athletic Center. The company that owns KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut recently signed a 10-year, $13.5 million contract to put its name on a new basketball arena in Louisville, where Rick Pitino's Cardinals play.
February 24, 2006 |
There are apples and oranges, and there is the Palestra and every other basketball arena. A preference of fruit is purely a subjective opinion, but the Palestra, to many, is objectively incomparable. Come Tuesday, four fortunate PIAA District 1 Class AAAA boys' basketball teams will play their playoff semifinal games on the hallowed court inside the famed Penn arena. The following day the equivalent-level girls' teams will play their semifinal doubleheader at the not-so-Palestra-equivalent Plymouth Whitemarsh High School gymnasium.
November 11, 1997 |
Temple University president Peter Liacouras has maintained all along that the Apollo of Temple is more than just a basketball arena. To drive home that point, the school has even changed the name of its new, 10,250-seat hoops facility, which is scheduled to open Dec. 9 when John Chaney's Owls play Fresno State. It now is called The Forum at the Apollo of Temple. When a suitable sponsor is found, it will change names again, with the approval of the university's board of trustees.