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Liacouras Center No Longer Needed for Hospital Overflow

Kevin Kinkead - April 30, 2020

Here’s some good news. A morsel to chew on. A small ray of hope.

Temple’s Liacouras Center, which was converted to a field hospital for overflow COVID-19 patients, is being shut down because we’re doing a pretty good job of limiting the strain on existing resources.

From Philly Voice:

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Temple Will Allow City Officials to Use Liacouras Center for Hospital Overflow

Kevin Kinkead - March 27, 2020

Great idea.

This comes via a press conference Mayor Kenney is holding right now:

This doesn’t mean anything right now, but it’s an agreement between Temple and the city to use the arena if necessary. Theoretically, you could do something similar with La Salle (Gola Arena), Penn (The Palestra), Drexel (the DAC), or St. Joe’s (Hagan), even though those are smaller arenas. If the Wells Fargo Center is still shut down, you might as well get Comcast on the phone and talk about using that jawn, too. There are a bunch of concert halls that could serve as overflow COVID-19 centers as well.

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Former Temple Quarterback P.J. Walker Signs for Matt Rhule in Carolina

Kevin Kinkead - March 23, 2020

P.J. Walker, who played for Temple from 2013 to 2016, is returning to the NFL with the Carolina Panthers:

Walker went undrafted in 2017 and spent two seasons on the Colts’ practice squad. He decided to sign for the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL, where he put up 1,338 yards with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions en route to a 5-0 record before the season was postponed. He led the league in both passing yards and passing touchdowns.

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Also Cancelled: SEC, Big 10, and AAC Conference Tournaments

Kevin Kinkead - March 12, 2020

It’s looking like there will be no March Madness at all. They’re cancelling stuff left and right, and now other conferences are headed in the direction of the Ivy League:

Temple was the #10 seed and set to take on SMU tonight at 8 p.m. With the CBI already cancelled and the NIT probably also in jeopardy, that might be it for the Owls’ season. A lot of these seniors have probably played their last game.

Thanks, Coronavirus.

Update:

The CBI Tournament is Cancelled

Kevin Kinkead - March 11, 2020

Cancel culture strikes again.

Err… I mean the Coronavirus strikes again.

The CBI tournament just got the axe, which is making me rather nervous about March Madness:

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Temple Signs Five-Year Extension to Play at Lincoln Financial Field

Kevin Kinkead - February 10, 2020

Reported by the Temple News and Philadelphia Inquirer. 

The new deal places the on-campus stadium idea on the backburner until at least 2024, when this new five-year deal expires.

Temple News:

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Ed Foley Will Follow Matt Rhule to the Carolina Panthers

Kevin Kinkead - January 29, 2020

Longtime Temple football assistant coach joined Matt Rhule at Baylor last year, working for the Bears as an analyst.

With Rhule taking the Carolina Panthers job after Ron Rivera was let go, Foley is now reportedly joining Rhule’s staff as an assistant special teams coach, according to Marc Narducci of the Inquirer:

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North Carolina Hit Temple with a Variation of the Philly Special

Kevin Kinkead - December 27, 2019

Bad bowl game loss for the Owls.

They got smoked 55-13 by North Carolina, giving up 534 yards in the process.

The defense tried to hang in there, but didn’t get a lot of help from the offense and special teams unit, which combined for two missed field goals, a blocked extra point, a pick six, and a lot of negative or no-gain 1st and 2nd down plays. North Carolina receivers pulled off two NFL-level touchdown catches and Anthony Russo was later pulled for Todd Centeio.

Ugly game, made worse by this:

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