May 16, 2016 |
Did it bother Bruce Arians, new to his job as Temple's head football coach in 1983, that Temple's president, Peter Liacouras, publicly expected Arians' Owls to make it to the Sugar Bowl in short order? It did not. "That's what I thought, too," Arians said over the phone Friday afternoon. "I wanted to work for someone who thought like that. It was fun to work for someone who dreamed the same way you did. " It took Arians three decades to achieve such heights, in his second head-coaching job - in the NFL, with the Arizona Cardinals - but he hasn't forgotten his first head-coaching stop, which is why Arians, just off a plane, returned a call back to Philadelphia.
March 24, 2016 |
Peter Chodoff did not hide his affection for Temple University. "On my discharge from the U.S. Navy in WWII, I entered Temple as a biology major with the goal of becoming a physician," Dr. Chodoff wrote on a fund-raising page of the university website. "The education and personal attention I received at Temple changed me from a shy . . . young man . . . into a person who had a distinguished academic medical career. " On Monday, March 21, Dr. Chodoff, 91, of Cherry Hill, an anesthesiologist who helped finance the sports-practice Chodoff Field at 10th and Diamond Streets, died at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
March 23, 2016 |
Temple offensive lineman Shahbaz Ahmed hopes to sign a professional football contract. A graduate of Paul VI High School, Ahmed can only hope to have as much success signing a football contract as he did with the one he inked with his mother, Tonya. Before entering Temple, Ahmed, who was a two-year starter playing both guard and tackle, signed a pact with his mom that he would earn his degree. There was no timetable for when it would be earned, but Ahmed didn't waste any time. He graduated in December, in 31/2 years, with a degree in political science and a minor in English.
February 15, 2016
ISSUE | TEMPLE STADIUM Don't disrupt neighborhood; stay at Linc It is outrageous that Temple plans to spend at least $126 million of other people's money to build a football stadium so its team can play there perhaps six times a year ("Temple moves forward with stadium plans," Tuesday). This from a university that cut seven varsity teams for financial reasons, hires 1,400 adjunct instructors, has had its state funding significantly reduced, and repeatedly increases tuition.
February 10, 2016 |
All the physical measurables check out, but there are other reasons one of Temple's most important football recruits gets his highest grade. Most notably is his will to compete. Yes, that is said about most recruits. But Anthony Russo's actions showed his willingness to take on the challenge when accepting a scholarship from the Owls. Temple, according to those who make a living by ranking recruiting classes, did well with its 2016 group. The late addition of four-star defensive lineman Karamo Dioubate of Philadelphia's Prep Charter elevated Temple's grade.
February 4, 2016
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. High School Darian Bryant OT 6-6 325 Springside-Chestnut Hill Branden Mack ATH 6-4 190 Cheltenham Kareen Gaulden DB 5-11 190 Lincoln, N.J. Kimere Brown CB 6-0 165 Penns Grove, N.J. Dan Archibong DL 6-6 255 Springfield (D) I. Graham-Mobley FS 6-2 198 Upper Merion Kenny Yeboah TE 6-4 220 Parkland, Pa. Steve Petrick TE-DE 6-5 230, Norwin Pa. Keyvone Bruton S 5-11 205 Lake Taylor, Va. Quincy Roche DE 6-4 210 New Town, Md. Amir Tyler S 6-0 195 Lakewood, N.J. Benny Walls DB 6-1 208 St. Joseph's Prep Matt Hennessy OT 6-4 285 Don Bosco Prep, N.J. Anthony Russo QB 6-4 220 Arch.
January 14, 2016 |
The Big 12 is hoping that legislation it is proposing will pass at the NCAA Convention on Wednesday that will allow the 10-team league to host a conference championship game in football. Could it affect Temple? Currently, a conference can only stage a football championship game if it has 12 or more member schools. In addition, an amendment to the proposal from the Big Ten Conference would allow the championship game to be played with fewer than 12 conference members but would also stipulate that there be two divisions and that those champions would play in the conference title game.
December 20, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney criticized the Eagles ownership Friday for trying to make a bigger profit on a new lease proposal for Temple University to play football games at Lincoln Financial Field. "The Eagles are frustrating to me," Kenney said after speaking in the morning at the My Brother's Keeper Philadelphia Summit at Community College of Philadelphia. In his view, "they are not ... as community-committed as the Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers are. " Kenney said part of his frustration was that hundreds of millions of dollars in tax money helped build the Eagles a stadium and raise the value of the professional football franchise.
December 19, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney rightly stepped in to suggest an alternative to Temple University's plan to build a $100 million stadium on its North Philadelphia campus. Kenney wants the Eagles to give the university a better deal to play at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple's lease to use the Linc expires in 2017. The Eagles reportedly wanted to charge the public university a $12 million up-front payment for a new lease and double its annual rent to about $2 million. That's too much for a university that's trying to keep its tuition and fees down.
December 17, 2015 |
BEFORE LAST week, Temple football had produced four All-Americas, each of whom played between 1970 and 1986. None were defensive players. One, offensive lineman Bill Singletary, had his number (64) retired. Another, quarterback Steve Joachim, won the Maxwell Award. Running back Paul Palmer finished runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. Now, senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich has gone past all of them as the most celebrated Owl ever to put on a helmet. And it might not even be close.