The only real nugget of news to come out of today's proceedings is the fact that the NCAA has finally ruled on UMass transfer Jesse Morgan's eligibility status. He'll only be eligible for one semester BUT he gets to choose which semester that is.
I agree with the great John DiCarlo. It makes sense for the Owls to want to have Morgan eligible in the spring semester so that they're fully loaded for a conference run. Also, I don't see any college basketball player opting against the chance, however slight it is, to play in the NCAA Tournament come March.
The one other thing that caught my eye today was this quote from Dunphy:
Fran Dunphy: "The biggest change we need to make is on the defensive end. We're not where we need to be." #TUMBBTemple was 336 out of 351 Division I schools in points allowed at 78.1 points per game. It was easily the worst defensive team of Dunphy's tenure on North Broad. What was surprising about last year's team was the fact that it was still a top-100 offense that had the second highest per game scoring average of the Dunphy Era at 73.9 points per contest (Dunphy's 2006-07 and 2011-12 squads both averaged 75 points per game). If they can knock off five points against per game then the Owls will be able to win a few more games this season. If they can knock off 10 points against per game then they might be able to surprise some people.
— A Daly Dose Of Hoops (@DalyDoseOfHoops) October 29, 2014
If only Temple was able to retain the services of Anthony Lee. Oh, wait:
"It wasn't your typical Temple year last season," one coach said. "They will be much better. Dunph can coach, and now he's got some older guys. I think the loss of Anthony Lee won't hurt them much, if at all."Sick burn.
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