Was rooting for Temple. Tough loss. Tough way to go down. For one, they played good defense on Iowa’s final possesion and forced a tough shot (with maybe a little travel in there?). Problem was the shot was so off that it opened a lane for one of Iowa’s big, dumb, humorless white robots to push off and net the game-winner.
You’ve probably seen artist Dan Duffy’s work. His word-mosaic art of Brian Dawkins or Brad Lidge probably hangs in the living room of at least one of your friends. But he’s really outdone himself with his latest piece.
Duffy’s image of the Palestra, as you can see with detail above, features the dates, teams and scores from every Men’s Big 5 game ever played in the arena to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Sales of the print benefit the American Cancer Society, and it can give you so much eye-straining to check every Villanova win – Kyle – that you’ll need glasses.
Kyle: COULD THEY FIT THEM ALL ON THERE?
On Wednesday night, celebrating a great National Signing Day, Temple coach Matt Rhule joined those Philly sports heavy-hitters above in the McGillin’s Karaoke hall of fame. Rhule’s “My Girl” falls somewhere between Giroux’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” and Kelce’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” They’re all way, way, way ahead of Hawes.
This is what you guys mean when you Tweet at Kyle asking him to write about Temple, right?
One of the most bandied about names in college football coaching openings, Temple’s Matt Rhule, is now off the table. Rhule has reportedly agreed to a new contract from Temple which will include a pay raise and “commitment to facilities from school,” maybe something about that new stadium.
We’ll have more details as actual salary information comes out.
UPDATE: According to OwlSports, the new contract is for six years, but financials have not been disclosed.
There are a lot of headlines and tweets out there that say Temple coach Matt Rhule “turned down” an offer from Missouri. All of them cite Marc Narducci’s Inquirer report. That’s not technically what he wrote, however. Here’s what Narducci says:
“Multiple sources have told The Inquirer that head coach Matt Rhule is no longer talking to Missouri about its vacant football job. A source confirmed that the two sides met on Sunday morning in Philadelphia.
Behind the scenes a source says that Temple has been in negotiations with Rhule to ensure that he will stay. And apparently, these negotiations were happening well before Missouri sought permission to speak to Rhule.”
This could mean a few things, the first being that Missouri made an offer and Rhule turned it down. It could also mean there wasn’t enough mutual interest, no offer was made at all, Rhule would rather deal with Temple first before really looking elsewhere, or the food at the meeting was bad. Really, any of those things could be true, but we don’t know for a fact that Mizzou offered Rhule and he said “no.” It might warm the hearts of Owls around the nation to think that, but it still seems possible that Rhule could jump ship.
Even Philly.com is admitting their original Tweet – “turned down” – was misleading:
Nice job here by the Temple Athletics Department putting this together. Kevin Negandhi just looks so happy throughout the whole thing.
Short and sweet, here’s the hype video ESPN made about Temple, starring Anthony Gargano and declaring Temple’s defense the “new Broad Street Bullies.” Video after the jump [Note: May not play on mobile].