October 30, 2015 |
IN PROFESSOR Luca Pallucchini's calculus class in Wachman Hall on Monday, Kevin Cremi couldn't keep his eyes off his cellphone. It was after noon, and the freshman undeclared major was anxious, waiting for an announcement about where "College GameDay," ESPN's weekly national college football pregame show, would set up on Saturday. At 12:41 p.m., Cremi's phone vibrated, with one notification from ESPN "SportsCenter" and another from Bleacher Report. After a quick glance, Cremi began pumping his fist from his table and smiling.
September 29, 2015 |
There are so many disarming, alarming, and charming elements of any R. Kelly show, you'd need a clicker to keep count. And all were on display Thursday night, when Kelly played a packed-to-the-rafters show at Temple University's Liacouras Center just before the pope's Philly visit. This gig found the shades-wearing crooner getting towel-downs from female fans, dancing a "Bump N' Grind" to his simmering hit of the same name, and loudly posing provocative questions to his devoted crowd, such as "How many of you have made babies to my music?"
April 16, 2015 |
Who needs a marketing degree when you've got Vince McMahon as a role model? Comedian Gabriel Iglesias, 38, has worked his way up from small clubs to commanding arena-sized audiences - he will play the Liacouras Center on Thursday - in part by taking cues from the WWE owner. As in professional wrestling, almost everything Iglesias does is a carefully coordinated marketing plan. He's become a merchandising machine. He has mall kiosks in markets where he's particularly popular. He sells T-shirts, hats, toys, anything you can think of bearing his cherubic face, or nickname: Fluffy.
March 27, 2015 |
WILL CUMMINGS took the court at the Liacouras Center last night for the final time. Fifty-six games; 586 points. Innumerable covers of Reel Big Fish's "Sell Out" from the Temple band. It's all over for Cummings on North Broad Street after Temple's 77-59 win over Louisiana Tech in the NIT, propelling the Owls to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals on Tuesday against Miami. Cummings went out the same way he spent those previous 55 career home games: dropping buckets and dimes, while leaving Temple's opponent wondering at all times where he was on the court.
March 27, 2015 |
The NIT and its relevance are all about vantage points. When teams sit in front of a campus television set on Selection Sunday with their hearts and minds racing as an NCAA committee hands out the 68 invitations to the bigger and better basketball tournament, the NIT is the last place in the world they want to be. You don't walk around your practice gym, as Temple coach Fran Dunphy did that night, waiting for your phone to buzz with this message: "Congratulations,...
March 26, 2015 |
Will Cummings has been asked to lead this year's Temple team in a variety of ways, and the 6-foot-2 senior point guard has certainly complied. Lead on the floor. Lead off the floor. When the team faced its biggest adversity of the season? Cummings was there to address the masses. It's difficult to comprehend a more thorough leader than Cummings, who has never been the most boisterous person. In fact, he has had to work on being vocal. And even though his teammates listen attentively, Cummings would much rather lead with just the basketball in his hands.
March 24, 2015 |
ALL OF LAST YEAR, Jesse Morgan waited. The transfer from UMass sat idle as Temple suffered through a 9-22 season - the program's most losses ever - hoping for a chance to contribute in his native Philadelphia after spending three seasons with the Minutemen. The Olney High graduate scored a career-high 20 points yesterday in the Owls' 90-77 victory over George Washington (22-13) in a second-round NIT game at the Liacouras Center. "It's good, man, to get back home in Philly and play in front of all of your friends and family, play with some terrific guys like Jaylen [Bond]
March 19, 2015 |
What: NIT first round Who: No. 8 seed Bucknell (19-14) at No. 1 Temple (23-10) When: Wednesday at 7 p.m. Where: Liacouras Center. TV/Radio: ESPN3/WPHT-1210 AM Coaches: Bucknell, Dave Paulsen (21st season, 396-213, 7th season at Bucknell, 134-93); Temple, Fran Dunphy (26th season, 500-270, 9th season at Temple, 190-107). All-time series: Temple leads 29-5. The Owls have won 10 in a row. Last meeting: Temple won, 80-54, on Jan. 6, 1982. Most recent game: Bucknell lost to Lafayette in the Patriot League semifinals, 80-74, on March 8. Temple lost in the American Athletic Conference semifinals to SMU, 69-56, on March 14. What's next: The winner advances to meet the winner of the game between No. 5 George Washington and No. 4 Pittsburgh.
March 13, 2015 |
When Josh Brown hit the winning shot with 2.4 seconds left in Temple's 61-60 win at Memphis on Feb. 7, teammate Obi Enechionyia was so excited that his first instinct was to run onto the court. Of course, Enechionyia soon realized that running with a boot on his foot wouldn't be practical, so he let the celebration come to him. That was the first of three games that Enechionyia missed with a sprained right ankle. He has provided the Owls with a major spark and could be a difference maker when the teams reunite.
March 11, 2015 |
TEMPLE WAS sleepwalking through the first half of a late-season contest against lowly Houston in a game the Owls had to win. The Cougars came into the Liacouras Center with a 1-13 league record and a 9-17 mark overall, but they were the hungrier team and took a five-point lead into halftime. Coach Fran Dunphy didn't seem overly concerned. He told the Owls to just stay the course. Dunph can get on his players with the best of them, but coaches can't scream and yell all the time. It will diminish the message and burn the players out. So point guard Will Cummings brought the heat.