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January 8, 2008 | By STEVE KING, kings@phillynews.com
When you spend most of your life towering above your peers, the only thing you grow to expect is people looking up to you. Nearly everyone has looked up to Lavoy Allen since the day he decided to pick up a basketball 5 years ago as a freshman at Pennsbury High School. They weren't looking up to him just because he stood more than 6 inches taller than everyone else. They were looking up to him with high expectations on the basketball court. "I think that year had to be the hardest time of my life.
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March 26, 1988
It would take a mathematician to compute the odds against two teams from the same city reaching the Final Eight in National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball. Whatever the odds are, you can be sure they are astronomical. That's a full fourth of the best teams in the country coming from the same place. The odds against Temple and Villanova advancing all the way to the Final Four, of course, would be virtually unthinkable, if it weren't for some past history. By tomorrow - after surprising Villanova upsets Oklahoma and No. 1 Temple humbles Duke - the unthinkable will have occurred.
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August 27, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
A YEAR AGO, for Matt Rhule's coaching debut, Temple's football team opened at Notre Dame. Enough said. This time the Owls will start Thursday night at Vanderbilt, which has a new coach in former Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason. It's the first game on the SEC Network. While nothing else is South Bend, this one's a bigger deal than many. The Owls also closed last season in Tennessee, with a win at Memphis. Trouble was, that was their second victory. They haven't played an SEC opponent since 2002 (42-21 loss at South Carolina)
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March 19, 1993 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Temple probably didn't have any business being in the NCAA Tournament in the first place. The Owls start two freshmen on the back line, a sophomore point guard who didn't play the position in high school, two junior anchors who sat out the first season as Proposition 48 casualties. They don't have much depth and lost their only two seniors some 10 weeks ago to injury and academics. Yet, the seventh-seeded Owls (18-12) are in the second round after dumping 10th-seeded Missouri, 75-61, last night in a West Regional opener.
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December 2, 1993 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
John Chaney was right when he said his Owls didn't deserve to be ranked seventh in the nation before they had played their first game. They probably should have been rated higher. And after last night's impressive 73-59 win over No. 3 Kansas at Allen Field House, they figure to be. As opening statements go, it was quite a mouthful. The Owls seemed to pick up right where they left off last March, when they made a magical run in the NCAA Tournament and reached the Elite Eight.
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September 7, 2007
Temple's basketball team will open its Atlantic 10 season on Jan. 12 at Charlotte, one of the three conference teams the Owls play twice. Their conference home opener is Jan. 16 against defending champion Xavier. Temple also plays Saint Joseph's and Fordham twice. The Hawks visit the Liacouras Center on Jan. 26, and host the Owls at the Palestra on March 2. Temple and La Salle meet once, in the March 8 finale at the Gola Arena. The Owls open at Tennessee on Nov. 9 before heading to the eight-team Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic, where they'll open against Providence.
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October 2, 2004 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Temple University has fired former Owls star Paul Palmer as a sideline reporter on its radio broadcast team for Temple football games. Palmer, a Temple Hall of Famer who holds the Owls' rushing record with 4,895 career yards, was in his fourth season in the role. Palmer worked Temple's game at Toledo last week. Although WPHT-AM (1210) carries Owls games live, the university coordinates and produces the radio broadcasts. The details surrounding Palmer's departure were unknown last night.
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July 12, 1991 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
Temple basketball recruit Belefia Parks has achieved the necessary minimum score of 18 on his American College Test and is eligible to play for the Owls as a freshman. Parks, a 5-10 guard from Chicago's Simeon Vocational High School, averaged 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds last season and was an all-city selection. He is expected to provide at least backup help for junior Vic Carstarphen at the point position this season. Parks, who signed a national letter of intent with the Owls in May, is described as a "streetwise, heady-type" player by Taylor Bell, who covered him for the Chicago Sun-Times.
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November 21, 2011
KRISTEN McCARTHY had 11 points and 12 rebounds, Shey Peddy scored 13 and BJ Williams had 11 points and six assists, but Temple (2-2) dropped a 58-52 decision at Northern Illinois (2-1) yesterday. The Owls shot 34 percent from the field (3-for-15 threes), 65 percent from the free-throw line, and were outrebounded, 39-30. Temple heads to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam Tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend, opening with sixth-ranked Texas A&M on Friday.  
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December 7, 2011
Brittany Lewis scored 14 points to lead Temple in a 68-33 rout of Kent State in women's basketball action last night at the Liacouras Center. Kristen McCarthy and Shey Peddy added 13 points apiece in a game Temple (4-5) never trailed as it took a 32-12 lead in the firsthalf, despite shooting 3-of-19 from the arc and just 41 percent from the field. Itziar Llobet was the only player in double figures for Kent State (1-6), finishing with 13 points. Diamon Beckford added nine.
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August 31, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Since P.J. Walker took over as Temple's starting quarterback in the sixth game of last season, the Owls' scoring output has soared. Here are some comparisons to his eight games under center, compared with the first five games last season: Before Walker, Connor Reilly had a 2-2 TD-INT ratio in five starts. Walker's ratio was 22-8. Before Walker, Temple was outscored by an average of 27.2-15.8 (11.4 margin). With Walker, that margin flips in Temple's favor to 3.5 (32.1 to 28.6)
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August 31, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AS OPENING statements go, it certainly was a loud one. If Temple's football team - which was coming off a 2-10 season - had won, 2-0, at Vanderbilt on Thursday night, it would have been a keeper. But the two-touchdown underdog Owls rolled, 37-7. The game in Nashville, Tenn., was supposed to start at 9:15 p.m. Philly time, but was delayed 1 hour, 37 minutes because of lightning and it didn't end until 2:14 a.m. here. Some debut for the SEC Network. For whatever reason, the NFL preseason game between the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings a few miles away wasn't interrupted.
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August 29, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
After about a month of training camp, it has become evident that members of the Temple football team have grown weary of hitting each other. That will come to an end Thursday night, as Temple travels to Nashville, where it will open its season against Vanderbilt. It's the second straight year the Owls will open on the road. "I'm sure some of our freshmen will be scared," second-year coach Matt Rhule said this week. "It's OK to play a game, and it's OK to be nervous. But I think last year after we opened at Notre Dame, the rest of the year was easier.
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August 29, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE'S FOOTBALL team has been waiting to get going again for 9 months. Actually, many of the players have had 2 years to stew about all of the things that haven't gone right. In 2011 the Owls went 8-4, got to a bowl game for the second time in three seasons and then won one for just the second time ever and first time in 32 years. That seems like a long time ago. Two years ago, they got back in the Big East for the first time since getting jettisoned in 2004 and went 4-7. Last season, the first for the American Conference, they were 2-10.
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August 28, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tyler Matakevich could never play another down for Temple, and his name still would be etched in the school's record book. After registering at least 100 tackles in each of his first two seasons, Matakevich has 238 for his career, putting him on pace to become the school's second all-time leading tackler behind Steve Conjar (492, 1978-81). A 2013 first-team all-conference selection, Matakevich set school and conference records with 24 tackles at Idaho last season. He has been named to every watch list (Bednarik, Butkus, and Nagurski among them)
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August 28, 2014
Coach: Matt Rhule (2-10 in his first season) Last year: 2-10 (1-7 American) On the web: www.Owlsport.com . Ticket info: 215-204-Tixx. Worth watching: Quarterback P.J. Walker would sure seem like the right place to start. The offense got better when he became the starter midway through last season. But he still made his share of mistakes, as you'd expect. Now he has to take the next progression, since he needs to be the leading part of whatever lies ahead. Sophomore Khalif Herbin, who sat out last season, could be the type of gamebreaker that's desperately needed, both catching passes and returning kicks.
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August 27, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
A YEAR AGO, for Matt Rhule's coaching debut, Temple's football team opened at Notre Dame. Enough said. This time the Owls will start Thursday night at Vanderbilt, which has a new coach in former Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason. It's the first game on the SEC Network. While nothing else is South Bend, this one's a bigger deal than many. The Owls also closed last season in Tennessee, with a win at Memphis. Trouble was, that was their second victory. They haven't played an SEC opponent since 2002 (42-21 loss at South Carolina)
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August 18, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was all too much for Praise Martin-Oguike to maintain his composure as he reached the finish line of the most hellish two-year stretch of his young life. So Martin-Oguike, the quintessential strong-but-silent type, was blubbering. Like a baby. It was Jan. 20, the federal holiday that honors the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Martin-Oguike was addressing Temple's five-member board of inquiry. Three months earlier, charges that he had wrapped the same powerful hands he used to slam football players to the ground around the neck of his 21-year-old accuser and raped her had been dismissed.
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August 15, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Temple safety Alex Wells, the recruiting process coming out of junior college wasn't about what schools could do for him. It was strictly about what he could do for the schools. "I wanted to play and play as much as I could," Wells said. "What's the use in going somewhere if you are not going to get out on the field and get the chance to make a difference?" Temple's defense could use the help. The Owls fell apart last season, allowing 474.2 total yards, 298.6 passing yards, and 29.8 points per game.
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August 13, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple coach Matt Rhule believes that instilling confidence in his players is part of his job description, and he uses the term significantly more often when discussing his kickers. That's understandable, because after a season in which they made just three field goals - two in the final game - the Owls must make an abrupt about-face in that department in 2014. Jim Cooper became the poster boy for all that ailed the Owls' kicking game in 2013. Cooper, a 2013 participant in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, won the job in camp last summer to replace Temple's all-time leading scorer, Brandon McManus.
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