January 31, 1990 |
Mark Macon came to Temple with a reputation gaudier than a Mummers costume. He was Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan as a high school senior. A McDonald's all-American. Fifteen games into his freshman season with the Owls, Dick Vitale anointed him the next Oscar Robertson. A headline in The Inquirer frothily asked: "The most remarkable Owl ever?" In the current Temple media guide, coach John Chaney is quoted as saying: "Mark, without question, is the very best guard in America.
April 17, 1988 |
He walked off the floor stone-faced, as he had done after every Temple basketball game this season. The slow, duck-footed gait. The sunken, haunting eyes staring blankly into space. Through Mark Macon, anyway, it was impossible to tell that the Owls had just lost a heartbreaking 63-53 decision in the NCAA East Regional final to Duke. Or that Macon's horrendous 6-for-29 shooting night would be fodder for Monday morning quarterbacks. But the dam, so solid, so secure, was about to break.
November 27, 1990 |
They are the area's two finest college basketball players. Their talents are so vast that they are projected to be first-round NBA draft picks. They are both guards, natural leaders. They are so much alike. Yet so different . . . The La Salle bus cruises along the Cross Bronx Expressway, heading for the stately campus of Fordham University, as Doug Overton rises from his seat. It is about an hour before game time, but Overton feels no pressure. It is time for his contrived imitation of the Fordham professor.
April 30, 1997 |
For the first time in 11 years, an all-American player has decided to come play for John Chaney. Mark Karcher, a 6-foot-5 McDonald's all-American guard/forward, signed a national letter of intent yesterday with Temple. He signed it at his school, St. Frances High in Baltimore, where he starred over the last four years. "We're excited about it," Chaney said after his first all-America signing since Mark Macon in 1986. "He's a fine youngster. His entire family was very happy that he chose us, and so are we. "He's a mix-and-match player, a forward that can play either the guard or forward spot and can do a lot of things for us. Everyone wanted him. We're elated we have him. " Temple should be. With Karcher, the Owls now have inked two players of the year in their respective states (Lynn Greer, the Pennsylvania state player of the year from Engineering and Science, signed with Temple earlier in the recruiting season)
August 25, 1994 |
Mark Macon, a former Temple star who plays for the Detroit Pistons, puts up a shot for Noel Mayo during its 112-105 win over Dr. Foot in the Baker League championship last night at McGonigle Hall.
May 3, 2012 |
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton University fired men's basketball coach Mark Macon on Monday and began a national search for a replacement. Director of athletics Patrick Elliott made the announcement, saying the decision "comes after a thorough assessment of our current program and my expectations for the future. " "Mark Macon led the program during an extremely difficult period," Elliott, who took over as athletic director in November, said in a statement. "I appreciate and thank him for his efforts.
January 11, 1989 |
He still wore that cherry-and-white Temple shirt with the No. 12 on the front. He still flashed that patented hypnotic stare. He definitely looked like Mark Macon. He walked like Mark Macon. And he talked like Mark Macon. But for two games, he sure wasn't filling up the hoop like Mark Macon. The box scores keep insisting that Macon scored eight points and six points in back-to-back games last week. But anybody who saw this guy score 20 points a game last year without opening a sweat pore knows that couldn't possibly happen.
December 5, 2012
Hal Lear, one of the greatest players in Temple basketball history, will have his uniform No. 6 retired in a ceremony at halftime of Temple's Jan. 30 game against Richmond at the Liacouras Center. The lefthanded guard will join his backcourt mate Guy Rodgers (5), Mark Macon (12) and Bill Mlkvy (20) to have his number retired. Lear played his high school ball at Overbrook and is one of only three Temple players - Macon and Rodgers are the others - to average 20 or more points in two seasons.
March 13, 1991 |
They have been inseparable. They have philosophized together, they have joked together. They have watched films together, and they have shopped together. They have won and lost together. For four years, John Chaney and Mark Macon have forged a relationship that goes beyond that of coach and player. It is a relationship of brother to brother, father to son, sage to pupil. And today, it exists on borrowed time. Sometime in the next few weeks - it may be tomorrow night in College Park, Md., when Temple takes on Purdue in the first round of the NCAA tournament, or it may be later, perhaps even at the end of the month, in the Final Four in Indianapolis - there will be a final buzzer to the Owls' 1990-91 season.