December 16, 2015 |
Temple's players, especially the seniors, obviously are ecstatic to be finishing their season in a bowl game, but beneath the sense of accomplishment is a layer of disappointment over the team's most recent game. Temple (10-3) is preparing for the Dec. 22 Boca Raton Bowl against Toledo (9-2). One key for the Owls will be living with a short memory: forgetting the American Athletic Conference championship when the Owls lost, 24-13, at Houston on Dec. 5. The team has had a week and a half to get that game out of its system, but according to wide receiver Robby Anderson that hasn't been long enough.
September 23, 2015 |
I BELIEVE in karma. The thing about success in sports is that being lucky is sometimes better than being good. Another thing about sports is that sometimes a team must make its own luck. The Temple University football bandwagon rolled out of Foxborough, Mass., on Saturday with a tank of karma, filled by the luck the Owls had made in their 25-23 victory over Massachusetts. It was not only that Temple snatched a victory out of the jaws of a bandwagon-stalling defeat; it was the way it happened that makes me more confident that this road trip from North Philadelphia is destined for a final destination in either Atlanta for the Peach Bowl or Glendale, Ariz., for the Fiesta Bowl.
May 19, 2015 |
Temple University was in mourning Sunday after former Owls defensive lineman-linebacker Adrian Robinson Jr. died Saturday night at age 25. The cause of his death was not released. "The entire Temple University community is mourning the tragic passing of one of our former all-time great football players, Adrian Robinson," athletic director Kevin Clark said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this incredibly tough time. " Symmetry, the agency for Mr. Robinson, posted a message on Facebook that read, in part: "Adrian was a beloved father, son, brother, friend and teammate.
August 25, 2014 |
There were times last fall when the man stayed in the tunnel at Lincoln Financial Field, catching a portion of a Temple football game. Going out to the field might have created a stir. Afterward, Eagles coach Chip Kelly would text Owls football coach Matt Rhule and say something like, "Hang in there, your guys play hard. You're going to be really good. " "In those dark moments, when you're like, 'We lost another close heartbreaker,' here's a guy who's been through it saying, 'Hang in there, keep doing what you're doing,' " Rhule said last week.
October 3, 2013 |
RIGHT NOW, about the last thing that Temple needs is a game against Louisville. The Owls are one of 10 winless teams in FBS. Louisville is among the 20 unbeatens in the nation. But you do whatever the schedule says. So the seventh-ranked Cardinals (4-0), coming off a bye, will visit Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday afternoon to play a Temple team that lost to unbeaten Houston by nine at home, lost to FCS Fordham (also unbeaten) on a last-second pass and just lost at previously winless Idaho by a deuce.
April 3, 2013 |
FORMER VILLANOVA coach Rollie Massimino is among the 2013 class that will be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday. Massimino, currently the coach at Northwood University in West Palm Beach Fla., compiled a record of 355-241 in 19 seasons at Villanova, highlighted by the 1985 national championship. Also being inducted will be longtime Purdue coach Gene Keady and former U.S. congressman Tom McMillen, who starred for Maryland in the 1970s before serving in Congress from 1987-93.
November 28, 2012 |
The Big East moved quickly to replace Rutgers and braced for more possible departures, getting Tulane and East Carolina to agree to join the reinvented conference in 2014. "I would go as far to say this is a historic day for Tulane University . . . the Big East is coming to the Big Easy," school president Scott Cowen said Tuesday. Tulane, in New Orleans, and East Carolina, in Greenville, N.C., will make it six Conference USA schools to join the Big East in the last two years.
November 28, 2012 |
The first season back in the Big East for Temple was a struggle. The Owls didn't have enough playmakers on both sides of the ball to keep up, and getting players capable of competing in this conference is an absolute must if things are going to change. Temple (4-7, 2-5 Big East) ranked last in the conference in scoring defense (31.2 points per game) and total defense (436.7 yards per game) and was seventh in total offense (322 yards per game). The Owls, who suffered their first losing season since 2008, also lost their final five conference games by an average of 25 points.
November 25, 2012 |
There will be no waiting around to see what happens for Temple's young football team. The Owls hoped that a win over Syracuse in a Black Friday matinee at Lincoln Financial Field might be enough to get them back into a bowl game in their first season back in a BCS conference, even though a closing victory would've left them a game under .500. That's what can happen when it looks as if there might not be enough bowl-eligible teams (six victories or more) to fill all 70 available slots, and your schedule dropped from 12 to 11 games when you moved from the Mid-American Conference to the Big East in March.
November 13, 2012 |
THE BIG EAST will compete with four conferences that have not had BCS automatic-qualifying status for a guaranteed spot in the lucrative marquee bowl games when college football's new postseason system starts in 2014. That group of five conferences just won't have a bowl of its own. The conference commissioners decided Monday during a meeting with university presidents in Denver that the new four-team playoff will rotate through six games as originally planned. In September, a proposal was put forth to add a seventh game to the rotation that would match the best team from the Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference against a team from the Pac-12 or Big 12 when it did not host a semifinal.