March 12, 2015 |
When it comes to judging coaches and players, we all have our biases - professional biases, not talking personal. My first college hoops beat at The Inquirer consisted of covering an Ivy League team that never lost an Ivy League game for three seasons. A team that featured a star player named Jerome Allen, who was Penn's head coach for the last time Tuesday against Princeton. My bias stems from covering that era of Penn Quakers, 1992-95. The guards went on to the pros. The assistant coaches went on to be head coaches.
March 9, 2015 |
Nobody wanted this. You can't find a person walking around the Palestra who is overjoyed to hear that Jerome Allen's Penn tenure is down to one game, Tuesday against Princeton. An all-time Quakers great who clearly poured his soul into his job but didn't have the success needed to keep it, the news leaked out Saturday that Allen had found out earlier last week that his contract will be bought out after the season. Allen was elevated from assistant when Glen Miller was let go in 2009-10, when Allen had just joined the staff.
November 17, 2014 |
WHEN THE season hits mid-February, nobody will remember much about the first games except who won. La Salle won. Penn lost. Conclusions would be a mistake. La Salle trailed much of the first half at Gola against Colgate, got a working margin in the second and held on to win 57-52. It looked and felt pretty much like a first game. Neither team shot very well, a combined 7-for-34 from the arc. The Explorers got 10 points and 13 rebounds from senior big man Jerrell Wright. La Salle also got 19 combined points from its two point guards - Khalid Lewis, who started, and Amar Stukes, who played in his first game after redshirting.
February 27, 2014 |
THERE ARE 13 former Big 5 assistants having varying levels of success as head coaches around the country. If you want to add Jay Wright, Phil Martelli, Fran Dunphy and Jerome Allen to the list, it would be 17 as the head coaches at Villanova, Saint Joseph's, Temple and Penn were also Big 5 assistants at one point. Here are the assistants, school by school, with the first school listed for John Gallagher (La Salle, Penn) and Matt Langel (Penn, Temple) who were assistants at two Big 5 schools.
January 17, 2014 |
THE 2014 BIG 5 Hall of Fame class has one of the greatest shooters in city history from Saint Joseph's, another in a long line of great Penn point guards, the third-leading scorer in La Salle women's history and the man who has loved Big 5 basketball forever and goes by one name, "Hoops. " Pat Carroll, Mike Jordan and Crista Ricketts will join Dick "Hoops" Weiss at the induction ceremonies on Monday, April 14, as part of the season-ending Big 5 basketball banquet. Carroll, the Geasey Award winner as Big 5 Player of the Year in 2005, holds the SJU career record for threes (294)
April 26, 2011
Matt Langel is the new basketball coach at Colgate University. Langel, who spent the last five seasons as an assistant at Temple, will be formally introduced as Colgate's coach Thursday in Hamilton, N.Y. He replaces Emmett Davis, who was let go after the Raiders finished 7-23 this season. Langel, 32, played at Penn from 1996 to 2000, finishing with 1,191 points. The Moorestown native coached under Fran Dunphy with the Quakers and the Owls. "I'm excited about the future of Colgate basketball with Matt as our head coach," Colgate athletic director David Roach said.
March 19, 2011 |
TUCSON, Ariz. - Matt Langel started watching San Diego State tapes not long after the NCAA Tournament brackets were revealed Sunday evening. If Temple beat Penn State, Langel, one of Fran Dunphy's assistants, wanted to get a head start on a possible third-round matchup. The matchup is now real and will be played tonight (6:10) at McKale Center. The winner will move on to the Sweet 16 next week. Langel watched more tapes Thursday night. So did Dunphy and the rest of the staff. "They've played 35 games and they've won 33 times," Langel said.
November 11, 2010 |
So, how did this happen exactly? No, not the three consecutive Atlantic 10 champions, but the seamless transition from a style of play that rode the old coach to the Hall of Fame to a new style that could not be any different. The only similarities between the John Chaney way and the Fran Dunphy way are the results. Both methods win. Chaney's Temple teams played the matchup. Isolations on offense. No turnovers. Run the shot clock down. Dunphy's Temple teams play man-to-man. They play the beautiful read-and-react passing game on offense.
May 12, 2010 |
Penn had some talented players in the season after Michael Jordan and Matt Langel left in 2000, but something was missing. That was Andy Toole. Without Toole, who was sitting out a transfer season from Elon, the Quakers were 12-17. "We struggled that year and I couldn't wait to get him on the court and watch him play," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy, then the coach at Penn. "He meant the world to us the next couple of years. " With Toole the next two seasons, Penn was 47-13.
March 19, 2009 |
One player said Jekyll and Hyde would be an accurate way to describe his coach. A former player said that practices were like wars, with the coach as the enemy. A onetime colleague and longtime friend called him the most competitive man he has ever known. Bob Knight? Gary Williams? John Chaney? No. Nope. Negative. Fran Dunphy. Yeah, that Fran Dunphy - the universally liked, publicly genteel Temple coach. Three years ago, when he arrived from Penn to replace the legendary Chaney, Dunphy was seen by some as too nice to succeed on North Broad Street.