January 27, 2014 |
The decisive defensive play in the Denver Broncos' AFC championship game win last Sunday came on a fourth down in the third quarter. A 335-pound Temple product nicknamed "Pot Roast" barreled through the New England Patriots' offensive line and sacked Tom Brady. It was the biggest play of Terrance Knighton's career, and it came in his biggest game. Temple coach Matt Rhule was meeting with a recruit during the play and was able to say Knighton went to Temple. "I felt like my talents were overshadowed in the past, and I wanted to rise to the occasion," Knighton said after the game.
September 27, 2013 |
MORE THAN anything right now, Temple could use a win. So could Idaho. Between them they're 0-7. The Owls lost five of their last six a year ago, for a different coach. The win came against an Army team that finished 2-10. Idaho went 1-11, also under the watch of another guy. Its win was against 1-11 New Mexico State. So you get the idea. The Owls will fly across country for the first time since their 2005 opener at Arizona State. That was Bobby Wallace's last season, and they were competing as an independent.
August 30, 2013 |
THERE WERE 45 college football games with a betting line this opening weekend. In only three of them was anyone favored by more than the 30 points that Notre Dame is laying against Temple. So you think the Owls would have been better off starting their season for the fifth straight time against FCS Villanova at the Linc? Locally, maybe. But from a national perspective, you know how many programs would want to be in South Bend and on NBC? Maybe the difference between playing Villanova and Notre Dame is the difference between Temple getting bowl eligible or not. Or perhaps it isn't.
January 19, 2013 |
Dave Brock, a native of Moorestown, Burlington County, whose coaching stops in his 22-year career included three seasons at Temple, was introduced Friday as the new head coach at Delaware. Brock, 46, who spent the 2012 season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rutgers, replaces K.C. Keeler. Keeler was fired on Jan. 7 after 11 seasons. "The opportunity to coach at a place with such a storied tradition, in the footprint of where I grew up and where I have coached most of my life, is an honor for my family, and I am humbled by the opportunity," Brock said in a statement.
November 1, 2012 |
THE LAST TIME Temple's football team lost three straight games was also the last time the Owls finished with a losing record. That was 2008, their second season in the Mid-American Conference, when they dropped four in a row after taking the opener. They eventually closed with two wins to get to 5-7, which was still their best season in nearly 2 decades. Since then they've won 29 times, been to two bowls (winning one) and made it back into a BCS league. But they've lost their last two, for the second time this season, to fall to 3-4, 2-2 in the Big East.
October 5, 2012 |
ON NOV. 20, 2004, Temple played its 94th Big East football game, against 19th-ranked Boston College at the Linc. At the time, it was also going to be the program's last. And for the 80th time the Owls lost, 34-17, to close out a 2-9 (1-5) season. Their last conference win had come a week earlier, also at home, against Syracuse. Bobby Wallace was the coach. He would last another season (0-11 as an independent), his eighth, on North Broad Street. But the world keeps moving along. He quickly resurfaced at Division II West Alabama, where in 2009 he got the Tigers to the playoffs for the first time in forever.
February 1, 2011 |
They have come in the door before like this . . . enthusiastic, wide-eyed, ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work on bringing Temple football to its full potential. Steve Addazio has that look right now and, truth be told, he's got more reason for optimism than some of the previous head coaches who eventually ran out of breath trying to resuscitate the program. "This couldn't have been a better match for me," Addazio said Monday night before joining others on the dais at the annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association award dinner in Cherry Hill.
December 5, 2009 |
The Temple football team is having a bowl selection party tomorrow. Yes, the Owls program that not long ago had no stadium and no conference, and which faced the very real prospect of being dropped by the university, will be waiting to hear its postseason destination. "It hasn't sunk in yet," said Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw. "I don't know how many times I heard the word never. 'You'll never win here.' 'You'll never be in a league again.' 'You'll never win any championships.
November 25, 2009 |
Dominique Harris was coming off a redshirt freshman year when Al Golden arrived at Temple to take over the Owls' dormant football program in December 2005. A defensive back from Washington, Harris took notice when the new coach suspended six returning players, for various undisclosed disciplinary reasons, in the days leading up to Temple's debut under Golden in '06. The Owls were coming off a 0-11 season. "I knew he had a plan, and it didn't shock me," said Harris, who was recruited by Golden's predecessor, Bobby Wallace.
October 7, 2009 |
To those who live down South, Bobby Wallace is a coaching legend. He's the Mississippi native who helped recruit a running back by the name of Bo Jackson while an assistant coach at Auburn. He's the "good ol' boy" who won three consecutive national championships and molded 12 NFL players during 10 seasons as head coach at Division-II North Alabama. But to those in the East, Wallace isn't remembered with such reverence. Like others before him, he was the fish-out-of-water who could never bring Temple's football team into prominence.