December 19, 1986 |
The first time Temple coach John Chaney saw Nate Blackwell was in 1976 during a summer basketball camp at Cheyney State College. "Despite the fact that you couldn't help but notice how skinny he was, he had a certain cockiness about him," Chaney said. "When I say cocky, I don't mean like a braggart. He just was one of those people who automatically become the leader. "I hardly notice kids' physical profiles when they are that young, but I try to project what they will be like as players down the road.
February 15, 2001 |
Just when you figured things couldn't get any worse for Temple's basketball team. . . The Owls found out they will be without starting center Ron Rollerson for three to five weeks. The 6-10 junior suffered a severe foot sprain early in the second half of Tuesday's 71-62 loss at St. Joseph's. That leaves John Chaney with eight players, two of whom, Rouldra Thomas and Mamadou Cellou Barry, rarely play. Thomas missed the St. Joe's game with strep throat. His status for Saturday's trip to Massachusetts remains uncertain.
April 1, 2001 |
Temple assistant coach Nate Blackwell plans to meet today in Philadelphia with an administrator from St. Bonaventure to talk about that school's head-coaching vacancy. Yesterday, Blackwell described the Atlantic Ten job as "interesting," but said that he wouldn't be sure of the school's level of interest or of his own until the meeting today. The job at St. Bonaventure opened up recently when Jim Baron moved across the A-10 to become head coach at Rhode Island. At least one of Baron's assistants has been interviewed to replace him. And Texas assistant Rob Lanier, a former Bonnies assistant, also reportedly is a candidate.
May 13, 1998 |
Temple assistant basketball coach Nate Blackwell, a candidate to be head coach at Howard University, said last night that Howard's athletic director had asked him to go to the Washington, D.C., school today to talk about the job. It has not been offered to him, he said. "I'll have to wait and see what they're talking about, if they are indeed offering me the job," Blackwell said. "I'll have to hear the details before I make any kind of decision. I don't know enough about the job yet to know if it's the job for me or not. " Blackwell, South Carolina State head coach Cy Alexander and Tulane assistant Julius Smith each had two interviews at the school, which apparently would like to name a new coach this week.
May 3, 2003 |
Temple announced yesterday that Owls basketball assistant Nate Blackwell, who had been suspended indefinitely late in the season after missing a game, had resigned for personal reasons. "I don't want to get into elaborate discussions about it," said Owls coach John Chaney, who had made Blackwell his first Owls recruit two decades ago. "I'd much rather not discuss it anymore. It's going on too long now. I think he has suffered enough and his family has suffered enough. " Blackwell couldn't be reached for comment.
January 9, 1986 |
It was Jan. 3, 1985, and St. Joseph's basketball team - just back from a holiday tour of Belgium - went onto the Palestra floor to face Temple in another struggle between Big 5 teams. The competition was minimal. Temple won, 77-45. The 32-point spread was the second-widest margin ever among Big 5 opponents at the Palestra (Villanova beat La Salle, 117-82, in 1982). Temple and St. Joseph's, which met three times last season (Temple won twice), will match up again at 7 tonight at the Palestra in an Atlantic 10 game.
December 31, 1986 |
There was no phone booth in the University of Toledo's Centennial Hall, so Nate Blackwell couldn't have changed into a new uniform. There was no "S" on his chest, either. It was no disguise Blackwell wore last night as he and his Temple teammates held off Toledo, 75-68, in the championship game of The Blade Classic. It was the real thing, the All-America candidate as advertised. And the 14th-ranked Owls are 11-1, with their ninth consecutive win, because of that. With 16:18 remaining, the Rockets led, 49-48, after a basket by Andy Fisher.
June 27, 1996 |
Nate Blackwell won't be unfamiliar with the position. He has sat beside coach John Chaney on Temple's bench before - as a player from 1983 to 1987 and as a part-time coach between 1990 and 1992. But this time, his responsibilities will be different. Chaney named Blackwell, 31, a full-time assistant basketball coach Tuesday, replacing long-time right-hand man Jim Maloney, who died May 3 in an auto accident on the Ben Franklin Bridge. Dean Demopoulos, who has been with Chaney since 1983, was promoted to first assistant coach.
February 22, 1998 |
It's easy to forget. That's what that defender from St. Bonaventure must have done the other night, stationing himself on the right shoulder of Pepe Sanchez as Temple's point guard started his move inside. In a flash, Sanchez spun left and fed teammate Lynard Stewart for a dunk. Just another wrinkle you have to deal with when facing the Owls, who play at George Washington today. Sanchez is lefthanded. Backcourt partner Rasheed Brokenborough is a lefty. Lefty Lynn Greer comes off the bench.
March 5, 1997 |
Temple has been in the Atlantic 10 for 15 seasons. For the eighth time, an Owl was named conference player of the year. Marc Jackson, a 6-10 center who averaged 16.9 points and 9.0 rebounds for a 17-9 team, joins Terence Stansbury (1984), Granger Hall ('85), Nate Blackwell ('87), Tim Perry ('88), Mark Macon ('89), Aaron McKie ('93) and Eddie Jones ('94). Only two others won the award as underclassmen. Macon was a sophomore, and McKie a junior. Only two players have won the award twice - Rutgers's James Baily in 1978 and '79 and St. Bonaventure's Earl Belcher in 1980 and '81. There has been speculation Jackson might enter the NBA draft early.