December 21, 2015 |
There were no words, and no words necessary. A touchdown shown on a television, a high-five between a father and son. In a skilled-nursing facility just outside the city, there is one room with a banner that used to fly over North Broad Street. "One of the giant original Temple 'T' banners," Greg Liacouras said over the phone. "It's right behind the TV set. The whole wall is covered by the Temple 'T.' " His father, former Temple president Peter Liacouras, stays in that room.
December 8, 2015 |
While Penn State answered one question Sunday by accepting a bid to the TaxSlayer Bowl for a matchup against Georgia, it - in the person of head coach James Franklin - responded to another question about whether a new offensive coordinator will be in place by the time the game is played on Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla. "I hope to have the position filled in the next week and a half to two weeks or so," Franklin said Sunday night on a conference call....
December 3, 2015 |
OK, SO now Temple coach Matt Rhule, after reportedly speaking with Missouri on Sunday about its job opening, for whatever reasons is said to no longer be a candidate for that position. So much for being distracted. Time to talk about 17th-ranked Houston (11-1), where the No. 20 Owls (10-2) are playing Saturday afternoon (noon, 6ABC) in the inaugural American Athletic championship game for a chance to go to a New Year's bowl. "This is a unique, wonderful week in Temple football history," Rhule, who has declined to discuss the Missouri situation, stressed on Tuesday.
April 8, 2015 |
The national controversy that clouded the run-up to a Final Four that concluded Monday night in Indianapolis wasn't the first collision between basketball and civil-rights politics. In Louisiana in 1956, as in Indiana 59 years later, a four-team basketball tournament involving a favored Kentucky team was engulfed in a political storm, though the divisive issue then was race and not sexual preference. And as in Indiana, where a recent religious-freedom law was widely seen as discriminatory against homosexuals, the Louisiana dispute involved changing cultural mores, a conservative legislature, worried civic and business leaders and, ultimately, government intervention that saved the event.
January 13, 2015
IF THE BCS SYSTEM were still in place, chances are tonight's championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, would match once-beaten Alabama and unbeaten Florida State. But now there's a College Football Playoff, which means the SEC will be sitting this one out for the first time in 9 years. Obviously, so is the defending national champion, after losing for the first time in 26 months. That leaves Oregon, which lost at home to Arizona in early October by a touchdown when much of its offensive line was banged up, and Ohio State, which of course had lost at home to Virginia Tech by two TDs a month before that.
December 8, 2014
When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Where: New Orleans. Records: Temple (5-6, 3-4 American Athletic Conference); Tulane (3-8, 2-5 AAC) TV: ESPN2; Radio: WPHT –AM (1210) Coaches: Temple, Matt Rhule (2d season, 7-17), Tulane, Curtis Johnson (3d season, 12-24) Series: Tulane leads the series, 1-0. Tulane won, 20-14, in New Orleans, on Jan. 1, 1935. Three Things to Watch The Green Wave (16 INTs, 27 takeaways) will test the accuracy of Temple QB P.J. Walker (14 INTs)
December 7, 2014 |
Of the 83 players who have appeared in Temple's 11 games, senior participation has been very scarce. With just eight seniors on the roster, the Owls have the fewest seniors on their roster of any Football Bowl Subdivision team. And of these eight, just five are on the two-deep roster. Receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick and running back Kenneth Harper have played the largest roles. Both were a little melancholy last Saturday after their final home game at Lincoln Financial Field ended in a loss to Cincinnati.
December 4, 2014 |
WHEN TEMPLE beat then-No. 23 East Carolina a month ago, it sure looked as if the Owls would be heading to a bowl game for the first time in three seasons. And they still could be. But they have lost three straight since then, all to teams that are going to a bowl, two of them by one score at home. In fact, all six teams they have lost to have at least six wins. For the Owls to become eligible, they need to win Saturday night's regular-season finale at 3-8 Tulane, in their first trip to New Orleans since they played the Green Wave in the first Sugar Bowl 79 years ago. They probably didn't expect to be in this position after their 4-1 start, with all those wins coming against teams that aren't going to have a postseason.
October 14, 2013 |
Bo Schembechler wanted Ken Kelley to be an option quarterback. Joe Paterno looked at the former Sterling High School star and saw something else. "Defensive athlete," Kelley said of the former Penn State coach's classification of him during his recruitment. At Linebacker U, "defensive athletes" usually became linebackers. A high school quarterback who starred during the greatest era in Sterling football history, Kelley went to Penn State, put on 25 pounds, and became captain of the Nittany Lions' first national championship team.
October 10, 2013 |
Oh, dear. I could tell this mother-daughter conversation was not going well. I was sitting at the dining room table with my friend Melinda and her 24-year-old daughter, Grace, in their Silver Spring, Md., home. They were locked in a "discussion" about flowers for Grace's wedding in a few months. Grace was trying to explain her vision. She wanted sunflowers. Maybe blue flowers and white ones, too. Casual, yet chic. Personal, yet traditional. Melinda just wasn't getting it, and the more Grace pressed on, the more her mother expressed doubt.