October 31, 2014 |
TEMPLE WON four of its first five games, against mostly not-so-good teams. The Owls then dropped two straight, both on the road, against some better competition. The good news is, three of their next four are at home. But they all are against opponents with records above .500, beginning tomorrow afternoon against No. 21 East Carolina (6-1, 3-0) at Lincoln Financial Field. When you're coming off a 2-10 season, it's easier to lose perspective. The reality is, they should have won more games in 2013.
October 29, 2014 |
TOMORROW afternoon, Sonny and Christie Acho will occupy the same seats they always do when they attend Arizona Cardinals' home games, in the players' family section at University of Phoenix Stadium. They shouldn't prove difficult to spot. Just look for the only parents wearing midnight green and Cardinals red. "I haven't decided [what to wear], but definitely the Eagles will be represented, maybe in the shirt and Arizona maybe in the hat," Sonny Acho said by phone the other night.
October 10, 2014 |
RAHEEM BROCK (Dobbins Tech) and Dan Klecko were teammates on the defensive line at Temple for a couple of seasons at the turn of the century, and then again with an Indianapolis Colts team in 2006 that won the Super Bowl. So now maybe it's only right that they're part of the six-person class being inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame, a group that also includes the late football coach Ray Morrison (1940-48). They'll be introduced - along with field hockey's Michelle Murawski (1997-2000)
October 1, 2014 |
As part of its effort to improve the student-athlete experience, Temple unveiled the newly renovated Nancy and Donald Resnick Academic Support Center on Monday. The university began renovating the center in August. Located on the ground floor at McGonigle Hall, the area houses six private student services rooms for tutoring, peer mentoring and private study; 10 new offices for advisers and learning specialists; an expanded computer lab with 36 computers; and a seating capacity that has gone from 34 to approximately 100. "This is very important for our student-athletes," athletic director Kevin Clark said.
September 25, 2014 |
Jason Peters slipped on sweatpants and a tarpaulin-size green T-shirt Tuesday, then turned to face the group of reporters who had gathered at his locker. Next to him, DeMeco Ryans had dressed and was stepping away from the scrum, making for the door, as he said to Peters, "Got to answer the question, buddy. " Peters did. He'll forever be a folk hero around here for what he did Sunday, for seeing Washington nose tackle Chris Baker flatten Nick Foles with a gratuitous blindside hit to the ribs and for reacting as he did: chugging 10 yards to Baker and sending a right hand toward his head.
September 23, 2014 |
The actions and reactions were every bit as boisterous as anticipated. It was great theater with the kind of better-than-fiction plots that professional sports so often provide. After it was over, however, DeSean Jackson was subdued. He was not leaving Lincoln Financial Field with the one thing he had hoped for. "I think it was a great game," Jackson said in what was an exact description of the Eagles' wild, 37-34 win over the wide receiver's new football team from Washington. "Credit to the other team.
September 17, 2014 |
Although there was no game on the schedule last week for the Temple Owls, little changed about their preparation. They practiced all last week as if they had a game, and on Monday they turned their attention to Saturday's opponent, Delaware State, at Lincoln Financial Field. "We spent the open week really just trying to get better and prepare for Delaware State," Temple coach Matt Rhule said. "We are focused on playing a good football team. " Temple (1-1) looks to bounce back after a 31-24 loss to Navy in its home opener on Sept.
September 10, 2014
ONCE UPON a time, it was enough just to go to a stadium to watch a game. But that notion is as outmoded as the rotary telephone. Today, it's all about the "game-day experience. " To that end, your Philadelphia Eagles spent the offseason completing a two-year, $125 million improvement project at 11-year-old Lincoln Financial Field. Some of the money went to adding 1,600 seats in three of the stadium's four corners and constructing bridges connecting the upper concourse. In addition, 1,300 new video screens were placed throughout the Iggles' South Philly nest, as well as larger video monitors in several other locations in and outside the Linc.
September 9, 2014 |
After the hardest year of his football life, Jeremy Maclin couldn't have taken an easier route to redemption. Nick Foles had fooled the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense with a play fake; LeSean McCoy had thrown a timely and vital block to fend off an oncoming defensive end; and Maclin was alone in the center of Lincoln Financial Field. Here it was, the fourth quarter of Maclin's first game since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last July, and now all he had to do to score the decisive touchdown in the Eagles' 34-17 victory Sunday was to wait for Foles' pass to land in his hands.
September 5, 2014
Navy at Temple Saturday, 1 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field TV: ESPN3. Radio: The Fanatic (97.5-FM). Records: Navy is 0-1, Temple 1-0. History: Series tied, 5-5. Temple won the last meeting, in 2009 in Annapolis (27-24), after losing in each of the previous four seasons. About Navy: The Midshipmen lost at home to Top 10 Ohio State, 34-17, after leading by one in the third quarter . . . They're 10-0 at the Linc, with nine of those wins coming against Army . . . Three offensive players that missed the OSU game remain questionable with injuries . . . Junior QB Keenan Reynolds runs the triple option as well as anyone . . . Coach Ken Niumatalolo, in his seventh season, needs one more win to tie Eddie Erdelatz (50)