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.
March 23, 2016 |
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.
March 17, 2016 |
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.
March 9, 2016 |
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.
January 28, 2016 |
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.
April 1, 2015 |
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.
March 13, 2015 |
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.
March 12, 2015 |
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.
March 11, 2015 |
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.
February 27, 2015 |
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.