January 7, 2016 |
The home team inside Penn State Brandywine's gym on Sunday afternoon went to a zone defense so the visiting coach called out an offensive play. Temple. Temple? Why is a coach from Division III North Carolina Wesleyan - from Rocky Mount, N.C. - calling a play Temple ? The answer goes back to the late 1980s, to John Chaney and his Temple Owls. "I was probably in my first year of coaching," said North Carolina Wesleyan coach John Thompson. (That's right, John Thompson.)
February 16, 2016 |
MARK MACON scored more points (2,609) than all but two players in Big 5 history: Lionel Simmons (3,217) and Michael Brooks (2,628). He's the only man who played basketball for Temple since 1958 to have his number retired. In his college farewell he had 31 on 12-for-23 shooting to go with nine rebounds as 10th-seeded Temple lost to top seed North Carolina, 75-72, at the Meadowlands in the East Regional final. His 30-footer at the buzzer hit off the front of the rim. I asked UNC's Rick Fox what he was thinking when that shot was in the air. Without hesitation he replied, "I thought it was going in, because it seemed like everything else he put up did. " Later, at the podium, coach John Chaney got emotional talking about how he wanted to get to the Final Four "for Mark," when of course everybody else wanted to get there for Chaney.
December 27, 1988 |
Defense, 3,900 McGonigle Hall visitors learned last evening, was not included among the basketball ingredients that 1987-88 stars Howie Evans, Tim Perry and Ramon Rivas took with them from Temple's North Philadelphia campus. For that, Owls coach John Chaney will for ever be thankful. Gone is Evans's uncanny decision-making, leadership, ability to score from outside and the confidence to keep shooting during droughts. All gone. Gone is Rivas's 270 pounds on defense, fundamentally-sound post play and the second consistent rebounder this year's Owls sorely lack.
March 6, 1988 |
He is the second-leading scorer on the top-ranked college basketball team in the nation, and yet one gets the feeling that Mike Vreeswyk would have a hard time getting noticed if he stood naked on the steps of McGonigle Hall. Talk about Temple and usually the conversation centers on Mark Macon, the brilliant freshman from Saginaw, Mich. Or Tim Perry, the all-America candidate and potential first-round NBA draft pick. Or Howard Evans, whom many experts consider the best point guard in the land.
March 25, 1988 |
West Philadelphia's Mik Kilgore, the Public League's outstanding basketball player, announced yesterday that he will attend Temple next year. More than a few Division I basketball coaches had tried to land the Speedboys' senior center. Canisius, St. Peter's and George Washington kept tabs on Kilgore this season. Temple coach John Chaney and La Salle coach Speedy Morris attended the Speedboys' Public League semifinal playoff game against Southern, and Loyola Marymount coach Paul Westhead flew Kilgore to California for a visit.
February 3, 2014 |
John Chaney's family and his friends know how much the former Temple coach dislikes receiving honors, which is why they kept rather quiet as plans were being made to pay tribute to him and fellow Hall of Fame coach Harry Litwack with statues in the lobby of the Liacouras Center. Saturday, the statues honoring Chaney and Litwack were unveiled about two hours prior to the start of Temple's game against Villanova. The ceremony, witnessed by dozens of Owls who played under Chaney, pleased the 82-year-old coach, but one got the feeling that he would have tried to stop it had he known about it sooner.
March 13, 1987 |
The Temple Owls are taking on a new role in this year's NCAA Tournament, but they are not taking a new approach. In the last three years, Temple has fallen out of the tournament in the second round. That was as expected, because the Owls' opponents were North Carolina in 1984, Georgetown in 1985, and Kansas a year ago. But this season, the Owls enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. So the expectations are obviously higher - in fact, much higher. And if the Owls make an early exit again, it won't be because they ran into another buzz saw. Nevertheless, coach John Chaney, whose team will open today against 15th- seeded Southern University at 1 p.m. (Channel 57)
March 16, 1989 |
It was the season-ending Duke Nightmare of 1988 all over again. Only this time, the NCAA Tournament was light years away from the University of Richmond's Robbins Center. This time it was the National Invitation Tournament, and Duke's Billy King was nowhere to be found. Instead, it was 6-4 Scott Stapleton covering Mark Macon tighter than the plastic wrap around a head of lettuce. Tommy Ammaker and Quin Snyder weren't here, either. But Richmond's Kenny Atkinson and Eric English were.
January 21, 2007 |
As yet another Atlantic Ten Conference opponent made more than half its shots against Temple yesterday, a fan at the Liacouras Center yelled: "Got to work on the D, Fran. " The way Temple coach Fran Dunphy assesses the situation, it's much more than his team's defense that needs work. After a frantic second-half comeback came up short and the Owls fell to Rhode Island, 85-77, for the sixth loss in their last seven games, Dunphy said: "We weren't doing anything offensively, we weren't moving like we need to move.
March 21, 1991 |
Usually, John Chaney avoids comparisons. Every player, every team, deserves to have their own place and time, the Temple basketball coach has continually maintained. The Owls (23-9), who face Oklahoma State (24-7) tomorrow night in an NCAA East Regional semifinal at East Rutherford, N.J., have their time. And the 1987-88 Temple team, which finished 32-2 and was ranked No. 1 in the country before losing to Duke in the East Regional final, has its place. But last Saturday after Temple's 77-64 win over Richmond, Chaney said that this year's team might be the better of the two. Since he brought it up, how do they stack up?