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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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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 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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.  
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
December 1, 2011
Ten Temple Owls earned All-Mid-American Conference team honors for football, the league announced yesterday. Named to the first team were senior offensive lineman Pat Boyle, junior running back Bernard Pierce, senior tight end Evan Rodriguez and senior defensive end Adrian Robinson. It was the third straight year that Pierce and Robinson were named to the first team. Named to the second team were senior linebacker Tahir Whitehead and junior punter Brandon McManus. Third-team honorees were senior offensive lineman Wayne Tribue junior running back Matt Brown, senior defensive end Morkeith Brown and senior safety Kevin Kroboth.
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September 19, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It had numerous missed tackles and special-teams gaffes and committed 13 penalties, but on Saturday Temple started becoming the team it expects to be and should be. There were no moral victories in the Owls' 34-27 loss to Penn State at Beaver Stadium, especially since Temple beat the Nittany Lions to begin last year. This isn't the same Temple team as a year ago, not quite measuring up in talent or fire. But the Owls are building to be in that image. The one Temple characteristic that was reminiscent of a year ago in a school-record-tying 10-win season was an ability to fight.
SPORTS
September 18, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
It's probably one of the most misleading statistics, but after two weeks, Temple is leading the country in defensive passing efficiency. The Owls have intercepted three passes, allowed just 99 passing yards and limited their first two opponents to a 40 percent completion percentage. Now the reality. In Temple's opening 28-13 loss to Army, the Black Knights attempted just five passes. And in last week's 38-0 win over FCS opponent Stony Brook, Temple simply overmatched the Seawolves.
SPORTS
September 18, 2016 | By Joe Juliano and Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITERS
Temple at Penn State Saturday, noon, at Beaver Stadium, State College TV: Big Ten Network. Radio: WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Temple, Matt Rhule (4th season, 19-21); Penn State, James Franklin (2nd season, 15-13; overall, 39-28). History: Penn State leads, 39-4-1. Temple won last year, 27-10, at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls are 0-24-1 at Penn State. About Penn State: The Nittany Lions saw their rally from a 28-7 second-quarter deficit fall just short last week and lost, 42-39, at Pittsburgh in the first meeting of the two teams since 2000.
SPORTS
September 16, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Regardless of what happened last year, the Penn State party line for the game Saturday against Temple doesn't vary from what James Franklin and his players usually say about any opponent - basically, it's our most important game because it's our next game. But the Owls' 27-10 thrashing of the Nittany Lions last year at Lincoln Financial Field, their first victory in the series since 1941, has not been completely forgotten by Penn State's players. "It's going to be the type of game where, methodically through the week, we're going to practice with a chip on our shoulder so that what happened last year will not happen again this year," offensive tackle Andrew Nelson said Wednesday.
SPORTS
September 15, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The consensus on the Temple football team is that the 1-1 Owls aren't anywhere near where they need to be if they hope to approach the success they had last season. One person in particular who believes he needs to step up is quarterback Phillip Walker. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior has even more responsibility than a year ago, when strong senior leadership and production from the upperclassmen resulted in a 10-4 finish. This year's team is still feeling its way, looking for leaders and big-play performers to emerge.
SPORTS
September 8, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
When the schedule was announced, it did not appear as if Temple would have a season-defining game in Week 2 against a Football Championship Subdivision school. Yet that could be the case when the Owls host Stony Brook in Saturday's 1 p.m. game at Lincoln Financial Field. After coming off Friday's surprising 28-13 loss to visiting Army, in which many of the Temple players appeared shell-shocked, the Owls (0-1) need to regain their swagger against Stony Brook (1-0). A win would point Temple in the right direction.
SPORTS
September 5, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
While the talent level has risen during his four seasons as head coach at Temple, what has really defined Matt Rhule's teams has been their toughness. Rhule defines toughness as digging deep when things seem to be falling apart. If that is the case, the Owls had plenty of opportunities to dig deep, but they ended up digging bigger holes for themselves during their 28-13 loss to a fiercely competitive Army team Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field. What disappointed Rhule more than anything was how the Owls were soundly whipped on both sides of the ball.
SPORTS
September 2, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
PERCEPTIONS can be whatever you want them to be, although in reality they mean little. Yet they can still shape opinions, in any number of directions. Temple's football team tied a program record by winning 10 games last season, its third with Matt Rhule as the coach. The Owls started 7-0 for the first time ever and were ranked as high as 20th, the first time they'd been in the poll since 1979. And they beat Penn State for the first time in 74 years. Senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich, who had received no other FBS scholarship offers, won a bunch of national awards.
SPORTS
August 26, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
TYLER MATAKEVICH left Temple as the school's most honored football player. Now he's trying to start his NFL career as a linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But life on North Broad Street will go on. It always does. You never replace someone of that pedigree. Yet there has to be a next candidate in line, awaiting his shot. In a lot of ways, that role will now be filled by redshirt senior linebacker Avery Williams, who has been one of the Owls' single-digit tough guys (he wears No. 2)
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August 25, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The Temple players were captivated by the speaker after practice. He didn't talk for long, but he made quite an impression. Coach Matt Rhule frequently has people who have enjoyed success in football talk to his team, and he scored a touchdown by inviting Dick Vermeil, who guided the Eagles to the Super Bowl and won a Super Bowl as coach of the St. Louis Rams. "That was amazing, a Super Bowl-winning coach," said senior linebacker Avery Williams. The 79-year-old Vermeil left a message about the rewards for hard work.
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