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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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October 9, 2012 | BY BARBARA LAKER & STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writers
TEMPLE FOOTBALL player Kamal Johnson posted bail Saturday on charges that he allegedly punched his girlfriend and held her captive for more than three hours. Johnson's girlfriend, a 21-year-old Temple student, told police that Johnson came to her apartment on 15th Street near Oxford shortly before midnight Sept. 27, after they had argued on the phone. Johnson, a defensive tackle, forced his way inside and demanded to see her phone, police said. When she refused, he allegedly grabbed her, forced her into the hallway and dragged her down to his sixth-floor apartment.
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January 14, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 20, 2015 | By David Sell, Staff Writer
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.
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December 19, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
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December 17, 2015 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
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.
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December 12, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich can only hope that his Owls team fares as well in the Boca Raton Bowl against Toledo as he has done on the awards circuit this week. On Thursday Matakevich was named the winner of the Maxwell Club's Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's top defensive player. Matakevich was a finalist along with Penn State defensive end and Malvern Prep graduate Carl Nassib and Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland. The winner was named during ESPN's awards show at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
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December 11, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney said Wednesday that he wants Temple University to try to strike a better deal for its use of Lincoln Financial Field before it considers building its own football stadium. Temple is interested in building a $100 million, 35,000-seat stadium in the northwest corner of its North Philadelphia campus, partly because of the price it pays to the Eagles to rent the Linc each year. On Tuesday, the school's board of trustees postponed plans to study building a stadium after Kenney expressed opposition to the plan.
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December 9, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
By all accounts, Monday was a good day for Temple football coach Matt Rhule. On the day he agreed to a new contract for the second time in a little more than six months, he was also was named one of eight finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. The award is named for longtime Grambling State University coach Eddie Robinson. The new Temple deal, announced on Monday by the school, runs through the 2021 season. Rhule's old contract also ran through 2021, so Temple tore up the previous contract and gave him a new one. According to sources familiar with the situation, Rhule stood to make approximately $1.5 million this year with bonuses.
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December 9, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Back when College Gameday was in town, the traveling ESPN extravaganza naturally wanted Temple coach Matt Rhule live on the set that morning of the Notre Dame game. Rhule said he'd just walk to Independence Mall from his place in the city. It wasn't too long a walk and he'd probably be looking to burn some energy off anyway. Not a good idea, he was told. The area would be full of Owls fans heading to the same place. He'd likely be engulfed before he ever got to ESPN's set. They sent a car. Put that on the list of many things that changed for Matt Rhule this season.
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December 7, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
In 1967, Temple went 7-2. The Owls also were 4-0 in the old Middle Atlantic Conference, which gave the program its only championship. That was four years before Temple started playing at the Division I level. To claim the trophy, the Owls beat Delaware (26-17) and Bucknell (13-8) on the road and Hofstra (35-23) and Gettysburg (45-27) in West Oak Lane. George Makris, who would go 45-44-4 in 10 seasons, was the coach. His quarterback was senior Tom DeFelice, who later coached football for 18 seasons and baseball for 34 at Edward Bok Tech.
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December 7, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple senior Eric Hamilton's initial reaction to the Owls football team's 11-point loss Saturday to Houston in the championship game for the American Athletic Conference could be summed up in a single word: "heartbreaking. " But Hamilton and other Temple students who turned out for a campus viewing party in the Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Residence Hall and Dining Complex said that although the game's 24-13 outcome was bittersweet, it could not erase Temple's amazing football season.
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