April 27, 2015 |
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.
April 25, 2015 |
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.
April 24, 2015 |
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.
March 19, 2015 |
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.
March 4, 2015 |
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.
January 5, 2015 |
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.
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.
November 4, 2014 |
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.
September 25, 2014 |
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.