Wednesday, June 25, 2014

One-Half Of The Brunson Prophecy Has Been Fulfilled

American Athletic Conference...

...we're here.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Men's Crew and Women's Rowing Reinstated; Other Five Sports Still Set To Be Cut

Pretty big about face from Neil Theobald and the Board of Trustees. Men's crew and women's rowing have seemingly been saved and will not be cut at the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.
Theobald also called Temple a "mid-major" University. So there's that. Also, why were men's and women's soccer kept but baseball and softball cut? Because the University is exploring the option of building on on-campus 'multi-use' facility. So, there's your football stadium.

Follow the usual suspects of beat reporters for more reaction from the public meeting. It's starting to get ugly.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Huskies Take A Bite Out Of The Owls

A less than inspired effort by No. 21 UConn was still more than enough to vanquish the Owls by a score of 68-55 at the Liacouras Center on Thursday night.

Let's be real about this: this team just isn't good. The basketball Owls are not at all compelling and, to be honest, quite unlikeable. As the great Jimmy McGinty would say, this team needs heart. Miles and miles of heart.

Unfortunately Shane Falco isn't walking through that door anytime soon.

Dalton Pepper shot 4-for-18. Quenton DeCosey went 5-for-15. The game's leading rebounder was the six foot, one inch Shabazz Napier with 12 boards.

There were a couple of plays in the second half that really signified the kind of season it's been for Temple. On one possession Pepper and Anthony Lee collided in midair while going for a rebound and the ball bounced harmlessly back to UConn. On another possession a few minutes later, DeCosey opted to drive right into the teeth of UConn's defense and taking an ill-advised jumper instead of making the easy pass to a wide open Dalton Pepper on the wing. The Owls are making mistakes on offense that they just haven't made in years past.

Bruce Pearl made a point of saying that reinforcements are on the way for Temple but how much can you really expect to get out of Jaylen Bond, Jesse Morgan for the first semester and Devin Coleman for the second semester? There were some rumors circulating that Rysheed Jordan would be looking to return to Philadelphia but as he begins to really hit his stride for St. John's can you really see him transferring?

Pearl also talked about how Dunphy graduated 75 percent of his scoring from last year. Well, I could be wrong but that's what recruiting is all about. Roster management has not been a strength for this staff in recent years.

It's not going to get any easier as the next two games for Temple at at Memphis and at Louisville.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

WATN: Khalif Wyatt Taking His Talents To Springfield (Mass.)

Khalif Wyatt has had a whirlwind week. He was acquired by the Springfield Armor via trade from the Reno Bighorns in exchange for a fourth-round NBA Development League draft pick after a pretty successful stint for the Guandong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. He told Josh Verlin of City of Basketball Love that Springfield's GM planned to 'throw him right out there.'

That's exactly what he did. From the D-League game story:
Newly acquired Khalif Wyatt, picked up in a trade with Reno earlier in the day, poured in seven points off the bench in his first frame of action with Springfield. 
Just back from New Orleans at NBA D-League All-Star, Adonis Thomas finished with a team-high 21, while Wyatt’s 19 gave a spark off the Armor bench.
Wyatt finished the game with 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished out five assists in 31 minutes off the bench.

If you want to kill two hours and watch a D-League basketball game, check out the video after the jump. It's going to be weird seeing him wear no. 7.