This past Friday the Temple Women’s Track and Field team took to the Fastrack National Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. The group produced two top-three finishes, but the three personal records were the headline of the day.
In the 400-meter dash, senior Kenya Gatson broke her season record with a time of 56.31. The effort was enough to propel Gatson to a third overall finish out of an assembly of 44. Gatson wasn’t the only Owl to break some personal records, Katie Leisher and freshman Grace Moore each achieved personal record in the mile run. Leisher finished with 15th overall and a time of 4:53.40 while Moore came in 17th with a time of 4:53.49.
Finally, the 4 x 400 meter relay team took third out of a field of six. The squad of Gaston, Millie Howard, Crystal Jones, and Bionca St. Fleur finished with a time of 3:54.64, besting each of the team’s previous races of the 2016-2017 season.
Outside of all the personal records, Seniors St. Fleur and Jimmia McCluskey competed in the long jump invite. St. Fleur finished with a jump of 5.62m, putting her at fourth place while McCluskey’s jump of 5.50m placed her at sixth overall.
Look for the Owls to continue to make major strides the AAC Championship Approaches
When freshman Aaron Rey saw another student carrying almost 20 boxes of cereal out of Morgan Hall, he was curious. So he asked the student how he he was able to get all the extra food. It turns out he had used his extra meal swipes to accumulate all that extra food.
“He said he was probably going to sell it or keep it for himself,” Rey said.
From there, an idea was born. Rey has has 25 meals swipes per week through his dining plan at Temple, and uses only 16 of them. So for the past two months, Rey has used those extra swipes to gather and distribute non-perishable items to homeless people around Center City.
“We have a lot of opportunities as college students, and we should give back to the less fortunate. We have been blessed with a ton of resources,” Rey said when asked about why he continues.
The idea has spawned from Rey doing it on his own time to rallying to students to help him out. Every weekend, he posts on his Facebook Page, Swipes for Philadelphia (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SwipesForPhiladelphia/). Students will use their extra meal swipes, meet up with Rey, and go into the city.
“Being in a city where there’s a lot of homeless people, I think its nice for us college students and young people to take action,” said Freshman Joshua Lacerna, who has helped Rey since the project’s conception.
Rey plans to set up a website soon. This will allow students to sign up to be group leaders and go into the city on their own. With this addition, Rey homes the project can spread to other campus around the country, and all over the world.
Rey has given out hundreds of boxes of cereal, bottled milk and water. He says just seeing his recipients reaction is enough for him.
“There’s joy in their faces, and that’s a beautiful thing.”
After losing their leader just days after winning the AAC Championship, Temple fans and players are wondering what comes next for the program.
Update’s Dan Ray sat down with Interim Head Coach Ed Foley who will lead the Owls at the Military Bowl on December 27. Foley has coached at Temple for nine seasons and has held a variety of different positions, including assistant head coach, tight ends coach, special teams cooridinator, Director of Football Operations, assistant offensive line coach, and a recruiting coordinator throughout his nine seasons. Foley has now endured three coaches in his tenure- as he was hired under Al Golden, around for Steve Addazio who left to accept a job with Boston College after two seasons, and of course Matt Rhule.
Foley sits down with us to talk about working under Rhule and the impact he made on the program, and comments how the team can move forward from the sudden departure.
There has been no word on whether the University has reached out to anyone to fill Rhule’s shoes next season.
Temple Football received a startling blow this morning.
Three days after his team beat #19 Navy and claimed the AAC Championship, news broke this morning that Head Coach Matt Rhule had accepted a head coaching job at Baylor University. He will be taking over a program riddled with controversy the team’s handling of sexual assault cases with its players. Last May, Baylor fired head coach Art Briles in wake of the sexual assault scandal.
The Baylor Bears went 6-6 this season under acting head coach Jim Grobe, but Grobe will step down after Baylor’s game against Boise State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl in December 27th.
Rhule had a 28-23 record during his tenure and led the Owls to their first major conference title since 1967. The Owls have won 10 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history.
Rhule was at the helm of the program’s resurgent resurrection. The first year at the helm in 2013, Rhule’s team went 2-10, including a heartbreaking loss to Fordham on a last second heave. Rhule constantly refers to that game as one of the turning points for the program and its players. The Owls improved to 6-6 in 2014, and then made a monumental leap the next year. In 2015, Rhule led the team to a win over Penn State for the first time in 74 years, a near upset of #9 Notre Dame ABC’s primetime game of the week, and a 10-2 record and a birth in the conference title game.
This season the Owls had made some serious noise lately as they are currently riding a 7 game winning streak, which includes a AAC Championship win against then ranked #19 Navy Midshipmen. The Owls are ranked #24 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.
Matt Rhule will not be coaching the Owls in their game against Wake Forest in the Military Bowl.
Temple assistant coach Ed Foley has been named the team’s interim head coach. Foley has coached at Temple for nine seasons and has held a variety of different positions. The interim coach has been the assistant head coach, tight ends coach, special teams cooridinator, Director of Football Operations, assistant offensive line coach, and a recruiting coordinator throughout his nine seasons. Foley has now endured three coaches in his tenure- as he was hired under Al Golden, around for Steve Addazio who left to accept a job with Boston College after two seasons, and of course Matt Rhule.
The Baylor Football website posted the following quote from Rhule, “I am truly honored and humbled to join the Baylor Family,” said Rhule, “and I can’t thank President Garland and Mack Rhoades enough for this incredible opportunity. Baylor is a tremendous institution with a history of football success and I know the passion that so many have for the Bears will help bring the community together to reach even greater heights. I am excited to get started.”
Director of Athletics Patrick M. Kraft spoke in front of the media at 1:30 this afternoon.
Kraft stated that “we have not gotten to that yet.” when he was asked if Rhule’s assistants would be going with him to Texas.
As far as the new head coaching search, Kraft gave no specific timetable.
“We are going to go out and get the best person for the job to continue this momentum.” said Kraft.
The Temple Football head coaching job is a more desirable job than it was four years ago when the Owls were among the worst in the college football. Patrick Kraft seemed excited during the press conference and willing to accept the challenge of finding a new coach. He wants to find the right person for the job more importantly and noted “this is not just an X’s and O’s job” as there are many factors to consider other than football.
Before they candidates squared off, supporters didn’t back down.
Hours before candidates Pat Toomey (R) and Katie McGinty (D) faced off at Temple’s Performing Arts Center, supporters of both Toomey and McGinty stood outside with signs, chanting for each candidate.
That energy carried over into the debate hall.
During the debate, the two candidates clashed over a number of issues, including an accusation that as a banker, Toomey engaged in predatory lending.
“Senator Toomey’s banking processes are literally considered illegal in 30 plus states,” accused Toomey.
Toomey countered by saying mcginty used the same practices when she worked for the state. “When Katie McGinty was the Secretary of the DEP, she through the DEP, used the same device on her own credit extensions.”
McGinty talked about how she would deal with the controversy over police involved shootings, such as doubling the community policing program and make sure they have the equipment to be active in the community.
While Toomey’s comments around the Black Lives Matter movement drew a reaction from the crowd.
After the debate, McGinty remained defensive against accusations of economic wrongdoing.
While Toomey continued to try and explain his position on Donald Trump.
“I was clear once again I feel like many Pennsylvanians do, that I’m stuck without a good choice,” said Toomey.
When it was all said done, both candidates had to field attacks from each other, and try to prove to voters one last time why they’re the best choice for Pennsylvania. With less than two weeks until election day, that campaign trail is far from over.
Temple junior Emily Schroder is on edge after her apartment was broken into twice in the past two weeks.
Her home is just one of the thirteen between Cecil B Moore and Master street that have been broken into and robbed in the last three weeks.
The wave of break ins is forcing her to take extra precautions.
“Make sure all the windows and stuff are locked when we leave, make sure all the security alarms are set before we leave.” Shroder says she does every time she steps outside now.
Deputy chief of temple police Denise Wilhelm says the spike in crime in unusual for the area.
“Residential burglaries aren’t common, but they do occur. those back alleys are desolate they’re a pretty easy target.”
The break ins aren’t contained to just one block. Wilhelm says the entire area is being affected.
“We have seen an increase in our far western- 18th street, gratz street down on master street,” Wilhelm says
TUPD is working with Philadelphia Police to increase their presence in the area to prevent more burglaries.
“Plain clothes officers are out there, not just us but Philadelphia. we’re adding various resources out there, walking back alleyways and things of that nature.”
For the crimes committed on Schroder’s block, there is one primary suspect. For now, law enforcement urges all residents in the nearby area take extra precautions, lock all doors and windows and report any suspicious activity. We will keep you updated on the current investigation.
Tim Kaine spoke at the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union Wednesday night, just one day after facing off against Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence.
Kaine took multiple jabs at the Indiana Governor, saying that Pence “couldn’t defend Donald Trump.” He reasoned that if his Vice Presidential candidate couldn’t defend him, how are the American people supposed to vote for him?
Governor Pence joined Tim Kaine and made his own appearance in Pennsylvania, speaking in East Hanover last night. Pence urged residents to register to vote before the October 11 deadline, stressing that every vote is key in this battleground state. Meanwhile, Kaine just spoke to teachers at 11th Street Family Health Services in North Philadelphia. He’ll be heading to Pittsburg this afternoon rally more Pennsylvania support.
For more information on how to register to vote and how to check your registration status, click here.
Less than a minute into the game, and the Owls already had to dig themselves out of a hole.
Jahad Thomas looks for room to run (credit: AP Images)On Temple’s first possession, Philip Walker stared down Marshall Ellick on 3rd down and SMU made him pay. Jordan Wyatt broke on the ball, stepped in front of the pass and raced into the end zone untouched to put SMU up 7-0.
A fired up Walker proceeded to come back on the field and put up 35 unanswered points on SMU. After a three and out, Alex Starzyk punted, but the ball the touched by an SMU player running downfield to cover the punt. Haason Reddick scooped it up and the Owls took over the SMU 42. After a 17 yard completion to Keith Kirkwood, Jahad Thomas finished the drive with a 12 yard touchdown run to tie the game, and Owls never looked back. A dominant first half sparked the Owls to their first AAC victory, as they topped SMU 45-20 at Lincoln Financial Field.
The defense forced a three and out on the next Mustangs’ possession, hitting SMU QB Ben Hicks twice to force inaccurate throws. Walker proceeded to make up his mistake on the first drive. On the first play from scrimmage, he stood in the pocket and fired a perfect deep ball down the middle to Ventell Bryant, who hauled it in for a 42 yard touchdown. It was Bryant’s first reception since Week 1 after missing three games with a concussion. The strike put the Owls up 14-7. Walker completed 7 of 18 passes for 124 yards and the one touchdown on the afternoon.
Continuing their aggressive play, the Owls’ forced SMU into the second of four first half turnovers. Ben Hicks’ pass went right into the arms of Nate L. Smith, who picked it off and took it back to the SMU 40, while Walker and offense kept rolling right along. He hit Romond Deloatch over the middle, and the senior made one cut and rumbled down to the SMU 1 yard line. Ryquell Armstead wasted no time finishing the drive off, as he pounded the ball into the endzone for his 5th TD this year. He broke loose again in 4th quarter, taking the handoff down the sideline for his second touchdown, this one from 37 yards. Taking some of the load off Thomas, Armstead tallied his first career game with over 100 rushing yards. The sophomore finished with 15 carries for 161 yards and two scores.
Armstead kept the ground game moving late in first quarter. He took three straight carries his third going for 31 yards down the right sideline to move Temple into the redzone. Thomas finished the drive by weaving his way for a 15 yard touchdown to put the Owls up 28-7. It was Thomas’ 6th touchdown of the year and moved into sole possession of 3rd place on Temple’s all time list. Thomas, taking the backseat to Armstead, rushed for 80 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns of his own. Since returning to the field, he has scored two touchdowns in all three games he’s played.
Playing without Sean Chandler and Avery Williams, the defense got their piece of the action as well. With 11:17 to play in the 2nd quarter, Haason Reddick broke through the line and hammered Hicks, forcing a fumble. Deloatch, playing on the other side of the ball, scooped it up and strolled into the endzone untouched to extend the Owls lead to 35-7. It was Temple’s first defensive touchdown of the season after they totaled three last year.
Two weeks after getting picked apart by Penn State, the defense wrecked havoc all day. The Owls sacked Ben Hicks four times and picked him off twice. Delvon Randall lead the team with 6 tackles, as 22 players made a tackle on the day.
The Owls were able to keep the SMU weapons in check. At the end of the 3rd quarter, no SMU rusher or receiver had gained more than 35 yards, and their longest offensive gain was a 17 yard rush by Xavier Jones.
SMU finally broke through after Walker threw another interception. Facing a 4th & 5 at the Temple 13, Hicks barely got off a pass but floated it to Jeremiah Gaines for the touchdown to bring it to 35-14 as the teams went into the half.
SMU made some ground in the second half, as Hicks led the Mustangs on a 10 play, 69 yard drive capped off by a 14 yard touchdown pass to Proche. Electing to go for two, SMU couldn’t convert and Temple still lead 38-20. That was the closest SMU came, as Armstead’s touchdown in the 4th quarter put the game away.
The Owls will now hit the road after beginning their stretch of eight straight conference games. They’ll take on the Memphis Tigers next Thursday, October 6th and then head down to Florida to battle the UCF Knights.