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February 9, 1989 | By M. G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bleary-eyed Jerry Berndt sat slumped in a chair yesterday in the Temple football office, staring at a telephone that refused to ring. It had been a good day for the new Owls coach - 16 recruits had signed letters of intent. But now, at 5:30 p.m., Berndt was anxiously anticipating a telephone call from one who hadn't - Eddie Henderson, a Texas all-state defensive back. "I'm starting to get a little worried, Coach," Berndt, a veteran of the Southwest Conference recruiting wars, said to Temple's recruiting coordinator, Mike Gibson.
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December 27, 1988 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jerry Berndt, the former football coach at the University of Pennsylvania who is now coaching at Rice, arrived in Philadelphia yesterday to talk with Temple officials about the vacant job of coaching the Owls. Berndt, who coached at Penn from 1981 to 1985 and turned a struggling program into the best in the Ivy League, is "a very strong candidate" for the Temple job, according to Temple athletic director Charles Theokas. Berndt, who accompanied Theokas to the Temple-Penn State basketball game last night at McGonigle Hall, said his mind was open about the Temple job. "I'm really just here in an exploratory situation," Berndt said after last night's game.
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November 22, 1986 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was a Philadelphia ring to what happened to Jerry Berndt last week . . . Philadelphia as in Eagles, not as in Penn. Berndt, the first-year Rice coach who built Penn into an Ivy League fortress, had the Owls in a position to pull off one the major upsets of the college football season last week against 17th-ranked Baylor. Trailing, 23-17, Rice had the ball on the Baylor 11 with 10 seconds and no timeouts left. "People were coming into our stadium in the fourth quarter," Berndt said Thursday from his office in Houston.
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November 13, 1992 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Jay Searcy contributed to this article
As coach Jerry Berndt prepares for the final two games in a hapless Temple football season, school officials have already laid plans to fire him, and the job interviews have already begun. Ron Dickerson, defensive coordinator at Clemson, confirmed last night that Temple officials had spoken to him about replacing Berndt. Dickerson said he was interested. Temple athletic director Charles Theokas also confirmed last night that the school had talked to the Clemson assistant. Dickerson, 44, is one of the most high-profile black assistant coaches in Division I-A football, which has no black head coaches this season.
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October 11, 1996 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Temple coach Ron Dickerson got so distraught last weekend that he first announced he'd resign at the end of the season - then changed his mind - his actions seemed to stun players, administrators and the coaching staff. But not someone who had been there. "That's because they're not the head coach there," said Jerry Berndt, Dickerson's predecessor at Temple, of the surprised reaction of others. "If they were the coach at Temple, it would be quite easy to understand. " Berndt recalled Temple's motto: Great Deeds With Little Means.
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September 6, 1992 | By M. G. Missanelli, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Forget for a moment that the team Temple defeated last night will probably finish no higher than the middle of the pack in the Division I-AA Yankee Conference. Owls fans went to HersheyPark Stadium last night just looking for the sweet smell of victory, and they found it. Temple beat Boston University last night, 35-0, before an announced crowd of 8,612. Whether that means the Owls are ready for the tornado they'll be sure to face on Saturday at Penn State - or, for that matter, any game in the Big East Conference - is another story.
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January 19, 1994 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writers Mike Bruton, Joe Juliano and Tim Panaccio contributed to this article
Penn and Temple seem to be holding a contest to see which school can take the longest to name a new athletic director. The Ivy League school may turn out to be the faster tortoise. Penn would like a new AD by this time next month. A search committee still is interviewing candidates, but word is that former Quakers football coach Jerry Berndt is a front-runner. Berndt, who was dismissed as Temple's football coach last year, is very popular at Penn, where he turned around a woeful program and won or shared four consecutive Ivy League titles.
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January 2, 1986 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
University of Pennsylvania officials today will begin searching for a head football coach to replace Jerry Berndt, who yesterday accepted the positions of head coach and athletic director of Rice University. Penn officials said yesterday that they would start compiling a list of possible successors immediately, with the hope that a coach would be hired by the end of the month. "We'll start tomorrow," Paul Rubicam, the Penn athletic director, said yesterday. "We don't have to have a guy in place in the next two days, but this isn't the ideal time to be without a football coach, when recruiting is about to start.
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November 19, 1992 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This article contains information from Associated Press
Jerry Berndt found out officially last night what he already knew: Saturday's game against Rutgers will be his last as Temple's head football coach. Berndt was told what he already knew during a meeting last night with Temple president Peter Liacouras. Afterward, Liacouras issued a statement that phrased the official announcement of Berndt's dismissal with some daintiness. It began: "At a meeting this evening with coach Jerry Berndt, I confirmed the recommendations of athletic director Charles Theokas and executive vice president Jack Freeman that new leadership is needed.
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January 3, 1986 | BY JACK MCKINNEY
Nobody asked me, but - with apologies to those who remember the inimitable Jimmy Cannon - nobody at the University of Pennsylvania is likely to take my advice, anyway. Nevertheless, I refuse to let that inhibit me from nominating a candidate to succeed Jerry Berndt as the Quakers' next football coach. If, as Penn athletic director Paul Rubicam insists, there is no "obvious choice" at the moment, I'll suggest a choice that's not so obvious. Admittedly, my candidate wouldn't be coming with an Ivy League pedigree, but then neither did Jerry Berndt when he headed east from DePauw University to turn the program around so dramatically at Franklin Field.
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September 27, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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September 25, 2009 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Temple was winless in three postseason games and the underdog when it took the field against California in the 1979 Garden State Bowl at the Meadowlands. And Ross Mongiardo, a sophomore offensive lineman for Temple, was credited by a member of the Owls' coaching staff with setting the tone for a 28-17 victory that capped what remains the Owls' best season. The Owls, who hadn't been included in top-20 rankings all season, finished 17th after ending the season 10-2. "They were a little cocky, and we had heard some of their comments," Mongiardo, 48, a certified financial planner in Garden City, N.Y., said of the favored Golden Bears.
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April 29, 1999 | By Kevin Tatum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Temple football coach Bobby Wallace filled the last vacancy on his staff yesterday when he hired a familiar face, Spencer Prescott, to coach outside linebackers. It's the third tour of duty at Temple for Prescott, 42, a Villanova graduate who was running backs coach from 1983 to 1986 for Bruce Arians, and coached wide receivers in 1990 and '91 under Jerry Berndt. Last season, Prescott completed a four-year stint as running backs coach at Division I-AA Connecticut. He left that job after head coach Skip Holtz resigned to join his father, former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz, at South Carolina.
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November 19, 1997 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
The firing of Jerry Berndt was months away in 1992 when then-athletic director Charlie Theokas independently began researching candidates to become Temple University's next head football coach. "Peter [Liacouras, university president] didn't even know who I was talking to or what I was finding out," Theokas said. "I knew we were going to have to make a change, and I began working on it. " The name Theokas heard most often during his behind-the-scenes research was that of one Ron Dickerson, then the defensive coordinator at Clemson University.
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November 20, 1996 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Speculators. That's what Temple coach Ron Dickerson calls them. He has heard the rumors. He has read the stories. Conventional wisdom suggests that when you are the coach of a football team that has won only five of 43 games in nearly four seasons, people are going to speculate about your employment status. Dickerson, whose Owls (1-9) finish the season Saturday at Veterans Stadium against 16th-ranked Syracuse (7-2), has one year left on a five-year contract that pays him approximately $200,000 a season.
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October 11, 1996 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Temple coach Ron Dickerson got so distraught last weekend that he first announced he'd resign at the end of the season - then changed his mind - his actions seemed to stun players, administrators and the coaching staff. But not someone who had been there. "That's because they're not the head coach there," said Jerry Berndt, Dickerson's predecessor at Temple, of the surprised reaction of others. "If they were the coach at Temple, it would be quite easy to understand. " Berndt recalled Temple's motto: Great Deeds With Little Means.
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February 1, 1994 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Jerry Berndt, the former head football coach at Pennsylvania and Temple, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the vacant athletic director's job at Penn. Instead, the man who was considered one of the leading candidates for the position will be the offensive coordinator for new Missouri coach Larry Smith. "I'm excited, but I have mixed feelings," said Berndt, who was the AD at Rice for three years before moving to Temple in 1989. "I would have been delighted to return to Penn.
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February 1, 1994 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Jerry Berndt, considered a leading candidate to be athletic director at Penn, has withdrawn his name from consideration and accepted a job as offensive coordinator at Missouri, Berndt said last night. Berndt, 55, who was fired as head coach at Temple in the final week of the 1992 season, will be an assistant under Larry Smith. Smith was hired last month as Missouri's new head football coach. Berndt was believed to be a front-runner for the Penn AD's job after an initial interview.
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January 19, 1994 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writers Mike Bruton, Joe Juliano and Tim Panaccio contributed to this article
Penn and Temple seem to be holding a contest to see which school can take the longest to name a new athletic director. The Ivy League school may turn out to be the faster tortoise. Penn would like a new AD by this time next month. A search committee still is interviewing candidates, but word is that former Quakers football coach Jerry Berndt is a front-runner. Berndt, who was dismissed as Temple's football coach last year, is very popular at Penn, where he turned around a woeful program and won or shared four consecutive Ivy League titles.
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October 29, 1993 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
As matchups go, they don't get any more one-sided than this. Miami (5-1) is ranked fourth in the nation, having lost only at No. 1 Florida State. In the USA Today computer rankings of 220 Division I-A and I-AA teams, Temple (1-6) is 154th, just ahead of Villanova, and directly behind Sam Houston State. No other I-A team is ranked lower. Tomorrow, Miami and Temple meet in the Orange Bowl. "I told my staff," Owls coach Ron Dickerson said with a grin, "that we could be playing Florida State.
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