May 7, 2016 |
At Temple University Hospital on Thursday morning, Naomi Stevens, all 6 pounds, 9 ounces of her, was resting up for the big day ahead. Born two days before, Naomi was going home that day with her mom, Aracely Castro, 22, to West Philadelphia to be introduced to her brother and sister. "They were always kissing my belly," her mother said softly. "They didn't meet her before. " Along with mother and baby would come a special welcome gift from the hospital - one that will be given to all babies born at Temple in the next year.
March 23, 2016 |
It's the easiest thing, when you pay close attention to sports, to be cynical about them, and then Fran Dunphy delivers a genuine moment of grace on Friday and makes it so hard. The Temple Owls had just lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 72-70, to Iowa in overtime at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The winning basket, the play that ended Temple's season, had come on a tip-in at the buzzer. It was the kind of loss that leaves a coach feeling as if a pile of frozen gravel has settled at the pit of his stomach.
March 1, 2016 |
Those Temple Owls caught a lot of passes this season, but they also apparently caught something else: the attention of prospective applicants to the university. With the deadline to apply this week, Temple has seen an increase of more than 15 percent in applications for the fall 2016 class compared with this time last year. University officials are attributing at least some of that increase to the success of the football team, which went 10-4 and beat Penn State for the first time in 74 years.
February 23, 2016 |
HOUSTON - Among the many reasons the Houston Chamber of Commerce uses to encourage travel to its city, "long-term memory" is not listed, but it's one the Temple Owls used to their advantage Sunday night as they beat Houston, 69-66. The win helped ease the memory of a 27-point thumping the Cougars gave the Owls earlier this season, as well as the memory of a disastrous Texas road trip last year that probably cost the Owls a chance at the NCAA tournament. "Of course, that was on all of our minds," said Temple forward Obi Enechionyia, who led all scorers with a career-high 26 points.
February 7, 2016 |
IT HAS BEEN the winter of Philadelphia sports fans' discontent, with none of our professional sports teams making the playoffs and no guarantees that things will get better in the future. But believe it or not, things might be brightening up and there might be light at the end of the tunnel. The Flyers have rebounded and are playing excellent hockey and have a real shot of making the playoffs, which would be a great tribute to Ed Snider who has been a terrific owner and a great citizen of Philadelphia.
January 18, 2016
B.G. Kelley is a Philadelphia writer Butterflies as big as bats seized my stomach as I sat in the Palestra locker room waiting to lead the Temple Owls onto the court to meet the Villanova Wildcats in a City Series Big Five game. I could hear the nearly 10,000 fans screaming, anxiously anticipating the arrival of both teams to the polished floor of the Palestra. It was Jan. 16, 1965, and it was the most important game of the season for my teammates and our coach, Harry Litwack, a seminal figure in Philly basketball who would later be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
January 7, 2016 |
The home team inside Penn State Brandywine's gym on Sunday afternoon went to a zone defense so the visiting coach called out an offensive play. Temple. Temple? Why is a coach from Division III North Carolina Wesleyan - from Rocky Mount, N.C. - calling a play Temple ? The answer goes back to the late 1980s, to John Chaney and his Temple Owls. "I was probably in my first year of coaching," said North Carolina Wesleyan coach John Thompson. (That's right, John Thompson.)
December 21, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Temple is attempting to follow its usual routine while preparing for Tuesday's Boca Raton Bowl against Toledo. For the second straight day, the Owls ran through a brisk practice in the morning and then enjoyed the amenities of the bowl in the afternoon. Saturday's activity was a team party at a local beach resort. While Friday's practice at Oxbridge Academy was in sweltering heat, it was much cooler and very windy on Saturday. On Friday the team went to an arcade and bowling alley for another team party.
December 18, 2015 |
THE EAGLES talked to 11 coaching candidates in January 2013 before their first choice, Chip Kelly, reconsidered his decision to stay at Oregon. Bruce Arians was the path - or maybe the Kangol cap - not taken. There was talk at the time of a pending Arians interview with the Eagles, and sure enough, Arians told a conference call yesterday that one was scheduled. Arians said he went to interview in Chicago, and while he was there, the Browns, Chargers and Eagles all canceled interviews.
December 17, 2015 |
Bruce Arians started a conference call with Philadelphia-area reporters on Wednesday by paying homage to the college football team he used to coach. "How 'bout those Temple Owls, baby!" said Arians, now the Arizona Cardinals coach. "What a year. " Arians coached Temple from 1983 to 1988. He went 27-39 with two winning seasons. He said still follows the Owls "very, very" closely. His coaching staff in Arizona has had a Temple flavor. Cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross played at Temple for 1980 to 1983 and "has Temple stuff on every day," Arians said.