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2016: In Memoriam

Jim Adair - December 29, 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we reflect on those we lost in this tumultuous year. In the world of pop culture, such icons as David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, and most-recently Carrie Fisher left us. But in local sports, things were even more dire, as we saw the departure of defensive backs, wide receivers, D-League stars, and Phillies legends. Here, let us honor those who are no longer with us:

Photos courtesy of USA Today Sports Images, videos belong to Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League. Clip of the Hinkie candles taken by me, as tears streamed down my face.

Temple Drains The Swamp

Jim Adair - December 13, 2016

Temple will announce the hiring of Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins as their new head coach tomorrow. Collins spent the last two years at Florida – Mississippi State and FIU before that – where the Gators ranked sixth and seventh in defense nationally.

At Florida, Collins was making over $1 million as a coordinator.

[headline h/t @LFN]

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Temple Football Surprised Kevin Negandhi with the AAC Trophy

Jim Adair - December 7, 2016

Temple alum and superfan Kevin Negandhi hosted SportsCenter this morning and got the surprise of his life. No, he didn’t sleep all day yesterday and get the Matt Rhule news live on air, he got to hold Temple’s AAC Championship trophy.

Three members of Temple’s championship team popped out from the hall-of-mirrors-esque SportsCenter background to legitimately surprise and deliver Negandhi a hat, shirt, and the trophy. I mean, look how happy he is:


It’s adorable. Good for Kegandhi, who always reps local teams every chance he gets and bleeds … uh …. red? For Temple? Cherry? Whatever. This is cool, video after the jump.

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Matt Rhule Took Out a Full-Page Ad in the Inquirer

Kyle Scott - December 7, 2016

On behalf of Julie and our children, I want to express our sincere gratitde to Temple University, the City of Philadelphia, and Owls fans throughout the world. The passion and pursuit of excellence at Temple allowed for our student-athletes to achieve success on the football field and to develop as young men off of the field. Temple and Philly will always be a part of us and we will be cheering on the Owls from afar.

Estimated cost of a full-page black-and-white ad in the Inquirer sports section on a Wednesday*: $7k.

Estimated number of hours it will take Rhule to earn that much money coaching at Baylor**: About 6.

Not a bad deal.

*Based on an educated guess of the current Inquirer full-page rates.

**Based on the $4.25 million salary of Rhule’s predecessor at Baylor. He might be getting more.

H/T to (@ZBerm)

Matt Rhule Is Leaving Temple

Kyle Scott - December 6, 2016

Well, Temple football was fun while it lasted. So much for Matt Rhule coaching the Eagles. So much for that statue. Rhule leaves to coach in the Big 12 for perennially top 25 team.

Rhule was making $1.3 million at Temple (which is obscene). Baylor’s previous coach made $4.2 million. Money talks.

I discussed with Jim, who is here packing Ugly Christmas Sweatshirts with no breaks, little water or food, his tough decision:

So much for sticking around:


UPDATE: And there you have it:

UPDATE 2: Matt Rhule, last year:

“This is hard man,” Rhule admitted. “This is really, really hard. People start coming to your door and say hey, ‘I got four million dollars.’ But you know what, I’d rather coach Temple’s kids. I love these kids. I’d rather coach here and coach Temple’s kids then just sell my soul for four million dollars. That is the truth and that’s as honest and open as I can be with you guys.”


H/T to (@yoitsbird)

WTF? Temple and Oklahoma Have Scheduled a Three-Game Series Starting in 8 Years

Kyle Scott - July 6, 2016

Temple press release:

Temple has reached an agreement on a three-game series with one of the nation’s most storied college football programs, the University of Oklahoma.

The teams will start a three-game series on Aug. 31, 2024 in Norman, Okla. with the Sooners traveling to Philadelphia for a Sept. 13, 2025 contest. The final game of the series will be at Oklahoma on Sept. 2, 2028.

“We look forward to starting a series with a great program like Oklahoma and hosting the Sooners in Philadelphia,” said Temple University Director of Athletics Dr. Patrick Kraft. “Our goal is to continue to schedule the best games possible for our program, alums and the college football fans in the city.”

Is this typical in college football, to schedule games a decade out? Feels excessive. But I’m going to withhold myself from snarking on Temple and their coup of landing a big-name opponent to potentially play at their ill-advised on-campus stadium 12 years from now when football will probably be a footnote in history because it prematurely killed thousands of athletes and President Trump, in a sweepingly anti-populist move – yet another in his remarkable transformation into a Commander-in-chief willing to make the tough decisions for the betterment of society – banned the sport in 2022, more than a year into his second term, during which he operated without fear of running for reelection and yet still managed to weigh each decision with the care and consideration such an important job demanded. So, I’ll just congratulate Temple on this small step but important step toward becoming a nationally respected program. J-E-L-L-O.

Temple Got Their Guts Ripped Out On a Buzzer Beater Pushoff

Kyle Scott - March 18, 2016

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.

Temple Rode The Subway to Their First Round Tournament Game, Thus Proving They’re Philly Tough

Kyle Scott - March 18, 2016

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Temple pulled a Cliff Lee and road the subway to their first round game in Brooklyn today. Why? Team of the people, I suppose. The fawning Tweets have commenced:

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I wonder what subway line Fran Dunphy takes from his home in Villanova to North Broad?