August 14, 2016 |
Entering training camp, Temple appeared to have some questions about its secondary. But during the early portion of practice, coach Matt Rhule seems pleased with the play of his defensive backs, especially his safeties. "The safeties are playing at a high level," Rhule said on Friday after the first of two steamy practices. One of the big changes was moving junior Sean Chandler from cornerback to safety in an attempt to allow him to make even more big plays. Known as "Champ," Chandler made plenty of big plays at corner, with four interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, last year.
August 4, 2016 |
NEWPORT, R.I. - A year ago, Temple's football team was picked to finish third in the American Athletic Conference's East Division in a preseason media poll. The Owls won the division. This year, the Owls again hope to exceed expectations after they were picked to finish second in the East to South Florida. The poll was released Tuesday during the AAC's football media day. USF received 15 first-place votes, compared with nine for Temple and six for Cincinnati. Last season, Temple went 10-4 and 7-1 in the East, losing only to South Florida, 44-23.
July 23, 2016 |
Thursday's private board of trustees session ended, and the board walked out and announced the deed was done. Neil D. Theobald had agreed to resign as Temple's president, no terms of a settlement announced. Afterward, several board members, including board chair Patrick J. O'Connor, made it clear that the building of a campus football stadium remained a front-burner issue, still moving forward. "Nothing. Nada, " O'Connor said when asked what will change about the stadium drive with Theobald out. O'Connor termed the economics "pretty simple" as far as building a new place or continuing to pay rent to the Eagles.
July 19, 2016
Perhaps concerned that Penn State's status as a national monument to sports-inspired mass delusion was not completely secure, more than 200 former football players recently petitioned university officials to reerect a bronze likeness of tarnished coaching legend Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium, which was removed four years ago as a sexual-abuse scandal shook State College. Then, just a week after this latest attempt to rewrite Penn State's modern history, a Philadelphia judge unsealed reports that convicted child predator and longtime Paterno assistant Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused children there - and that Paterno and other coaches knew about it - as long ago as the Ford administration.
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.