Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Temple Basketball Recruiting: Levan Alston, Jr. Set To Announce September 30th

Levan Alston, Jr.
If the Twittersphere can be trusted, it's down to Temple, Penn State and VCU for the services of 247Sports composite four-star recruit Levan 'Shawn' Alston, Jr. of the Haverford School. His father, of course, is former Temple Owl Levan Alston, who starred locally at Simon Gratz High before ending up at Temple via transfer from the University of New Orleans

Will The Slim Reaper be taking his services to North Broad Street or will he be the latest one who got away for Fran Dunphy and his staff? The suspense is killing me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Temple Basketball Recruiting: Jalen Brunson to Villanova

via @D1Circuit

There is an old Death Cab for Cutie song called 'The Face That Launched 1,000 Shits', a play on words from a line in Christopher Marlowe's play Doctor Faustus.

Well, featured above is the picture that, for Temple fans at least, launched 1,000 shits.

I'm sure you know by now that Jalen Brunson, a five-star point guard and son of former Temple great Rick Brunson, chose to play his college ball just 18 miles away from North Broad for Villanova this afternoon.

The last post on this site, posted on June 25th entitled 'One Half of the Brunson Prophecy Has Been Fulfilled', was an optimistic one because, gosh darnit, Temple was finally going to get the difference maker we have all been looking for in the Dunphy era. Things were looking great.

Then Patrick Ewing happened.

You can search Rick Brunson's name on Google and find a litany of articles about what allegedly happened. I'm not really concerned with what may or may not have gone down that fateful day. All I know is that the elder Brunson immediately became too toxic to hire and Temple's inside track on his son was no more.

What happened next is the subject of a lot of message board hearsay. These days everybody knows somebody who has a friend who knows something. Some say that Brunson wasn't mad at Temple for pulling back the job offer. Others say he was furious that Temple decided to give 'his' job to Aaron McKie and put the kibosh on Jalen coming here immediately.

I'm not sure what I believe -- although I certainly have my theories. Without being a shill for another website, I highly recommend you pony up a few dollars are take advantage of a free preview and read this interview between OwlScoop.com's John Di Carlo and Rick Brunson that occurred last Wednesday night. If you read what Rick said and then look at how things played out there are some serious contradictions.

At the end of the day this is an 18-year-old kid who made the decision that he thought was best for him. So, good luck to Jalen Brunson. Can't wait to see him play -- and lose to -- Temple for four years starting in 2015.

Here is a hypothetical for you: assuming he doesn't end up in jail, will Rick Brunson be wearing Villanova gear behind the bench when Nova plays Temple to the Liacouras Center? Does thinking about that make your head hurt?

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.