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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:

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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Manny Diaz Finishes First Miami Season With Bowl Game Loss to Louisiana Tech

Kevin Kinkead - December 27, 2019

I don’t blame Manny Diaz for going back to Miami. Dude’s dream job opened up suddenly and he found himself in a tight situation and made a difficult decision.

That being said, it was still a dick move to bail on Temple after 17 days, having already done the press conference and then signing 17 players to letters of intent during last December’s early signing period.

Diaz went on to deliver Miami one its worst seasons ever, finishing 6-7 after Thursday night’s horrific 14-0 loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl. The Hurricanes put up 227 yards in a college game, which is unfathomable. I watched most of it and it was a tough viewing. There was a point where Miami was down 7-0, got a huge interception, and then drew a penalty for a forward lateral on the return, which gave them the ball at the Louisiana Tech 50 yard line. They then proceeded to move the ball 11 yards on six plays before punting from the Bulldogs’ 39 yard line for a net gain of 29 yards.

It was hideous football, and the performance drew the ire of famous alumni, giving us tweets like this one:

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Checking in on Manny Diaz

Kevin Kinkead - November 26, 2019

You may recall that Manny Diaz took the Temple football job and then quit 17 days later to return to Miami.

Hard to blame the guy, since his dream job opened up suddenly, but it was a dick move nonetheless to leave the Owls hanging. He did apologize after being introduced in Miami.

Quick update on our guy, who is 6-5 this season and coming off a loss to crosstown rival and perennial powerhouse Florida International:

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