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January 13, 1998 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
When Pennsylvania's Fran Dunphy finally became a college head coach in 1989, the first person he recruited for his staff was Fran O'Hanlon. Six years later, O'Hanlon finally received his head-coaching shot, at Lafayette, which was coming off a 2-25 season. Last January, the Leopards beat Penn for just the third time in 31 tries. Last night, they played the Quakers in Philadelphia for the 23rd time in a series that began eight decades ago. They're still looking for their first road win. Penn, playing its third game in four nights, overcame a five-point deficit in the final five minutes to grab a 74-68 victory, just its second in its last seven games.
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July 14, 1999 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Under Fran Dunphy, Penn's basketball program never has backed away from a challenge. A year ago, the Quakers opened at home against Kansas and Temple and got a split. They should have swept. This season, the defending Ivy League champions will start out at Kentucky, which has won two of the last four national titles, in the first round of the Preseason NIT Nov. 17 on ESPN. "We're just grateful to be in," Dunphy said. "It's a great opportunity for us to see what we can do against a high-level program.
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January 18, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his postgame news conference following Wednesday's 60-55 loss to visiting SMU, Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy was asked about Saturday's opponent, Cincinnati. Dunphy, whose team visits the Bearcats in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff, immediately stated that Temple would find it challenging to produce consistently on offense. "Cincinnati will be like trying to get blood from the stone, trying to score against those guys," Dunphy said. After looking at more film, Dunphy was even more complimentary.
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March 12, 2012 | BY KEITH POMPEY, Inquirer Staff Writer
TEMPLE WAS scared. The 21st-ranked Owls believed they blew a potentially high NCAA Tournament seed after an Atlantic 10 quarterfinal loss on Friday. "Coach [Fran] Dunphy didn't even think we were going to get in after the tournament," Temple center Micheal Eric said. Of course, Dunphy wasn't serious. His Owls were a lock to reach the tourney, with an RPI of 20 and the 54th-ranked strength of schedule. "But we were scared a little bit and thought about those things," Eric said.
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March 12, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple was scared. The 21st-ranked Owls believed they had blown a potentially high NCAA tournament seed after an Atlantic Ten tournament quarterfinal loss Friday. "Coach [Fran] Dunphy didn't even think we were going to get in after the tournament," Temple center Micheal Eric said. Of course, Dunphy wasn't serious. His Owls were a lock to reach the tourney, with an RPI of 20 and a schedule ranked 54th-hardest in the nation. "But we were scared a little bit and thought about those things," Eric said.
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September 11, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
TEMPLE WILL PLAY national powerhouse Duke at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Dec. 8. The Temple-Duke game will be the second of a doubleheader with St. Peter's playing Loyola (Md.) in the opener. Temple is one of 13 schools to make the last five NCAA Tournaments. "Coach [Fran] Dunphy is a longtime friend and a terrific coach," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told the Associated Press . "He has built a tremendous program at Temple and it should be a very competitive game.
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February 20, 1993 | by Jonathan Mayo, Special to the Daily News
For the third week in a row, the Penn Quakers were able to say, "Thank God it's Friday," as they cruised to an 81-62 victory over Harvard at Briggs Cage last night. The win kept Penn undefeated in the Ivy League at 8-0 (16-4 overall) and two games ahead of Columbia, which defeated Brown, 72-69, last night. Friday night has quickly become Penn's favorite, as the Quakers have blown out three straight Ivy opponents, two away from the friendly confines of the Palestra. Penn has had more trouble on Saturday, struggling to get past Yale and Cornell.
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January 10, 1993 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A few Penn Quakers were a little tardy in showing up at the Palestra last night, and Harvard seemed to be a late arrival, too. Seeing how the Crimson missed their first nine shots, the absence from the starting five of two of Penn's leaders, Jerome Allen and Barry Pierce, was hardly a death blow. The Quakers still led by as many as 23 points before coasting to an 86-74 victory. There were stretches of brilliance last night for Penn, particularly late in the first half. There was one dream sequence.
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April 11, 1995 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Paul Romanczuk knew all along that he wanted to play basketball at Penn. All he needed to hear was that the feeling was mutual. It was. He's going. Romanczuk, a 6-6 forward at Catholic League champion Archbishop Carroll, said late yesterday afternoon he had made an oral commitment to join the Quakers. "I just got off the phone with coach (Fran) Dunphy, literally a couple minutes ago," Romanczuk said, enthusiastically. "I told him my intentions were to go to Penn.
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October 25, 2011
BIG 5 BASKETBALL, and Temple in particular, will be well represented at the basketball portion of the Pan Am Games. The hoops competition begins tomorrow in Guadalajara, Mexico. Owls senior guard Juan Fernandez has been added to the Argentine squad, while former teammate Luis Guzman is playing for the Dominican Republic. Ex-Villanova forward Curtis Sumpter is also a member of the United States squad. In 2008, Fernandez - a preseason All-Atlantic 10 first-team pick - helped his country win an under-18 world championship.
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March 31, 2016
ISSUE | COLLEGE BASKETBALL Dunphy's a leader on and off the court Kudos to the Inquirer not only for publishing the story about Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy's thoughtful treatment of his players and an 11-year-old Sports Illustrated for Kids reporter after a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA tournament, but also for putting it across the top of the front page ("Grace and dignity after the buzzer," March 22). In an era of salacious judges, juvenile politicians, and others wrapped up in their own image and self-importance, Dunphy stands out as an honest man who understands his role in life without illusions.
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March 23, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Columnist
It's the easiest thing, when you pay close attention to sports, to be cynical about them, and then Fran Dunphy delivers a genuine moment of grace on Friday and makes it so hard. The Temple Owls had just lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 72-70, to Iowa in overtime at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The winning basket, the play that ended Temple's season, had come on a tip-in at the buzzer. It was the kind of loss that leaves a coach feeling as if a pile of frozen gravel has settled at the pit of his stomach.
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March 17, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Columnist
Fran Dunphy transferred control of his Temple basketball team from the trusted hands of Will Cummings to junior Josh Brown this season, and it made a lot of Owls followers, including the coach, a little uncomfortable. "I was fairly concerned," Dunphy admitted by telephone late Wednesday afternoon as his team made the bus trip from North Broad Street to Brooklyn, where 10th-seeded Temple will play seventh-seeded Iowa in the first round of the NCAA's South Regional on Friday. That concern was not born out of doubt in Brown, a highly recruited point guard out of St. Anthony, a powerhouse high school program in Jersey City, N.J. It was more a by-product of how good Cummings had become at the position by the time he played his final game against Miami in the semifinal round of the NIT last year.
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March 9, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, Staff Writer
When the American Athletic Conference coaches participated in a conference call Monday, there was one universal theme. They all enter with the mind-set that they have to win the AAC tournament to secure the NCAA automatic bid. That, of course, includes Temple, the regular-season champion with a record of 20-10, 14-4 in the AAC. The conference tournament opens Thursday at the Amway Center in Orlando. Temple will play the winner of Thursday's game between No. 8 East Carolina and No. 9 South Florida in a quarterfinal Friday at noon.
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January 28, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
IT'S TIME. Time to do the right thing. For a most deserving guy, for all the obvious reasons. From 1982-2006, John Chaney went 516-253 at Temple. It's the most wins by any coach in Big 5 history. But not for much longer. Soon, the record will belong to Chaney's successor on North Broad. Now in his 10th season, Fran Dunphy is 204-115 with the Owls. After going 310-163 at Penn. Which means that he's three victories away from passing a legend. And even at 67, it's like not he's retiring tomorrow.
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April 1, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - He rarely shows much emotion in public, but on one day Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy ever so slightly let his guard down. It was the day after the NCAA selected the 68-team field and Temple was the 69th choice. After Temple had gone though a surprisingly peppy practice, as the team showed boundless energy less than 24 hours after the deflating decision, Dunphy spoke briefly about his current state of mind. "This really hurts," he said in a low whisper. Even though he was clearly already in a mind-set toward steering his team in the NIT, Dunphy was down.
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March 13, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
HARTFORD, Conn. - The way Vince Curran remembers, it wasn't a basketball practice. It was a rugby scrum. A 90-minute boot camp because Fran Dunphy, then the Penn coach, was sick of seeing his Quakers getting pushed around. This was the winter of 1992, Dunphy's third season as a college coach, at some high school gym in Providence, R.I. The Quakers had lost the previous night at Yale to slip to 3-4 in the Ivy. They were slated for a morning shootaround ahead of that night's game against Brown.
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March 12, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
FRAN DUNPHY is knocking on the door of 500 wins. He couldn't have gotten here, he said, without the guy who coached his final game at Penn last night. "I'm not so sure that there is anybody in my college coaching career that has been more influential than Jerome Allen," said Dunphy. "I'm not sure I would have lasted this long without him. Dunphy was at Penn and a very mediocre 21-31 in his first two seasons as a head coach. Then, Allen joined his program in 1991-92. A year later, Matt Maloney arrived via transfer from Vanderbilt.
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March 11, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple coach Fran Dunphy is one win away from 500 in his career and right now it's the furthest thing from his mind. With the 22-9 Owls in serious running for an NCAA tournament berth, Dunphy's only concern is beating Memphis in Friday's 2 p.m. American Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal at the XL Center in Hartford. Temple is the No. 4 seed and Memphis is No. 5. "I really haven't thought about it," Dunphy said Monday on a conference call when asked about his impending milestone.
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February 27, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Over his 26 years as a head college basketball coach, first at Penn, then at Temple, Fran Dunphy has guided 15 teams to the NCAA tournament, and some of those journeys were easier than others. Sometimes his teams coasted into the tournament, as the Quakers did winning nine Ivy League regular-season championships and earning the accompanying automatic berths. Sometimes they had to white-knuckle it, as the Owls did in running the table at the Atlantic Ten tournament in 2008 and 2009.
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