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March 7, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
WE DON'T know what Big East football's new name will be yet. But unless somehow there is even more conference movement in the next whatever, at least its 2013 schedule is finally official. Temple is still opening at defending national runner-up Notre Dame on Aug. 31. And the Owls are playing six times at home, including a game with defending champion and likely favorite Louisville on Oct. 5 at Lincoln Financial Field. Their other league games in South Philly are with newcomers Houston (Sept.
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January 8, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
NEW TEMPLE football coach Matt Rhule, a week after his only season with the New York Giants ended, has made the first five additions to his staff. Ed Foley, who has been at Temple the past five seasons and spent the last two as the director of football operations, has been named assistant head coach. He and Rhule worked together on North Broad Street from 2008-11 for first Al Golden and then Steve Addazio. Brandon Noble, who was Rhule's teammate at Penn State in the mid 1990s, is coming aboard following one season at Coastal Carolina.
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November 28, 2012 | By MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE'S FOOTBALL team, which was picked to finish last in the Big East in its first season back since 2004, ended up 4-7. The Owls went 2-5 in the conference, which has them tied in the win column with Connecticut (2-4, 5-6), a team they beat in overtime, and Pittsburgh (2,4, 5-6), which they lost to by 30. UConn still has Cincinnati (8-3, 4-2) at home, while Pitt closes at South Florida (1-5, 3-8), the Owls' other Big East victim. Their other FBS win was at 2-9 Army. Four losses were to bowl teams, by an average of 24 points, and a fifth was at Penn State, which would have been going to one if it wasn't on probation.
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November 21, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
HOW MANY times can one team keep getting back up off the mat? If you're Temple, first it was that Hail Mary disaster against FCS Fordham in week two. Then it was the loss at Rutgers on a 33-yard pass on fourth-and-10 with 35 seconds to go. Now, in the very next game, it's a near-miss against 15th-ranked Central Florida that came down to a last-play field goal. This time, the Owls had taken a seven-point lead with 2 minutes left. They've lost four times by a total of nine points.
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June 28, 2011
Temple's football program has secured six more oral commitments, all who just attended one of coach Steve Addazio's camps. That brings the number of recruits in the class of 2012 to 15. The Owls landed Kyle Friend, a 6-2, 275-pound offensive lineman from Cumberland Valley High in Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Tavon Young, a 5-10, 165-pound defensive back from Frederick Douglass High in Upper Marlboro, Md.; Ron Gillespie, a 5-9, 165 cornerback from...
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January 18, 2011
Sources have confirmed a report on OwlScoop.com that new Temple football coach Steve Addazio has added another member to his staff. Sean McGowan, who has spent the last seven seasons as the defensive coordinator at New Hampshire, will be coming to North Broad Street to coach either the linebackers or defensive line. He also has been the defensive coordinator at West Virginia Tech and Duquesne, and was once a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh. There's still no word yet on whether any of the five assistants who stayed on after Al Golden left for Miami last month will be retained.
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June 7, 2012 | By Robert Moran and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The lawyer for a Temple University football player charged with rape denied the accusation Tuesday and called his client a "valued member of his church and community. " Praise Martin-Oguike, 18, a freshman linebacker, was charged last week with rape, aggravated assault, and related offenses in connection with an attack alleged to have occurred May 26. Temple football coach Steve Addazio issued a brief statement saying Martin-Oguike had been suspended from the team "pending the outcome of the charges.
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January 12, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
Temple has received oral commitments from two Connecticut football players. Running back Montrell Dobbs, an all-state player from Ansonia, committed this week and linebacker Tyler Matakevich committed last week. Matakevich is from St. Joseph's High in Trumbull. Dobbs originally had committed to the University of Connecticut. Both played this past season at Milford Academy, a prep school in New York state. "I'm real excited," Dobbs told the Connecticut Post . "Coach [Steve]
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April 27, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple's P.J. Walker completed a short pass, and then the fun began, resulting in a memorable jaunt to the end zone by a special performer. On the first play of the Cherry and White spring game Saturday at Chodoff Field (at Temple's football facility), the Owls defense was never so happy to give up a long score. Walker hit Devon Still, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman, who lateraled to his 4-year-old daughter, Leah. After that, a convoy of Temple blockers escorted her as she dashed to the end zone, completing the 45-yard play.
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April 25, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before the first snap of Temple's Cherry and White spring football game Saturday, the players will receive inspiration from somebody who has become a great friend of the program. Leah Still, the 4-year-old girl whose battle with pediatric cancer has drawn national attention, will perform the coin toss along with her father, Devon, the Camden native, former Penn State standout, and current Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman. The game will begin at 1 p.m. at Temple's Edberg Olson Hall Complex.
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April 24, 2015 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Philly.com AAlbert@phillynews.com
DURING Tyler Matakevich's sophomore year in the Temple football program, newly installed head coach Matt Rhule posed a question to his entire football team. Rhule asked how each player wanted to be remembered at Temple. For Matakevich, the answer back then was simple and has remained the same, as he heads for his last year in cherry and white. "A hardworking, nose-for-the-ball type of football player," the senior linebacker said, describing how he wants to be remembered. "A kid that never stops.
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March 19, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Temple football players facing aggravated assault charges were key contributors to the team's 6-6 finish last season. Dion Dawkins and Haason Reddick have been charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy, and related charges for their alleged involvement in an off-campus fight on Jan. 18. Temple has suspended both players from the football team. The team issued a statement on Monday and had no further comment on Tuesday. The two players are free on $10,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing on March 31. Neither player has a criminal record.
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March 4, 2015 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
TEMPLE'S MATT RHULE has added two assistants to his staff, and both have NFL connections. Frisman Jackson, a wideout who played six seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2002-06) and New York Jets (2007), is the new wide receivers coach. Glenn Thomas was hired to coach the quarterbacks after spending the last seven seasons on the Atlanta Falcons' sideline as an assistant coach. Former Owls QB Adam DiMichele, the WR coach last season, is now the director of player development. Tyree Foreman, the running backs coach since 2007, was not retained.
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January 5, 2015 | Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
AKRON, Ohio - As Temple nears a decision on an on-campus football stadium, it might want to look toward this tired industrial city 350 miles to the west, where the University of Akron struggles to fill and pay for one that debuted five years ago. Akron, like Temple, is a large urban university transitioning from commuter-school roots. In 2009, to jump-start a long-stagnant football program and an apathetic fan base, it opened a 27,000-seat facility near the heart of its 222-acre downtown campus.
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November 28, 2014
AGENDA Cincinnati at Temple Noon Saturday Lincoln Financial Field TV: ESPNews. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM) Records: Cincy 7-3, 5-1 AAC; Temple 5-5, 3-3 History: Temple leads, 9-6-1. Cincy has won the last four, including each of the last 2 years. About Cincinnati: Bearcats have won five straight. Last week, it was 41-0 at Connecticut . . . Still have chance to win at least a share of title . . . Two losses were at Ohio State and Miami . . . Gunner Kiel leads the AAC with 27 TD passes . . . Have won last six AAC road games . . . Have scored at least 31 in all but two games . . . Andrew Gantz has made 14 of 16 field goals.
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November 4, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The parallels between the Memphis and Temple football programs are noteworthy. Memphis (5-3, 3-1 American Athletic Conference), posted a 3-9 record last year and is in its third season under coach Justin Fuente. The Owls (5-3, 3-2), went 2-10 last season in coach Matt Rhule's debut. When they face each other Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field, a sixth win and bowl eligibility will be at stake. "We are not thinking about" bowl eligibility, Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich said.
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September 25, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE EXPERIENCED way too many self-inflicted mishaps last season. The final one might have been the most enduring. And maybe the most valuable. In their next-to-last game, the 1-9 Owls were leading 0-9 Connecticut 21-0 after one half in South Philly. They would lose the second half, 28-zip. So . . . "We went out that Monday and scrimmaged for two hours," coach Matt Rhule explained. "My point to the team was, 'Don't take winning lightly. Don't take losing lightly. Play to the end.' They responded.
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