Thursday, February 11, 2016

Owls arrive in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It was over an hour late. But when the Temple football team finally arrived here, it received a pleasant surprise.

Owls arrive in New Mexico


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It was over an hour late. But when the Temple football team finally arrived here, it received a pleasant surprise.

The Owls were greeted by a Mariachi band and Gildan New Mexico Bowl workers as they exited a chartered plane at Cutter Aviation Wednesday afternoon. They shook hands with bowl representatives before heading to team buses.

Several players, including tailback Bernard Pierce, posed for pictures with the band and shot videos of the scene.

"I like that little band," Temple offensive tackle Pat Boyle said. "We weren't expecting that. That was nice."

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Nor did the New Mexico Bowl representative expect the Owls to arrive late.

Due to having to redistribute equipment, Temple's flight was delayed an hour in Philadelphia.

The Owls were supposed to arrive at Cutter Aviation at 11:50 a.m. mountain time. Instead, the plane didn’t land until 1 p.m., the time the Owls were scheduled to begin practice. As a result, Temple practiced from 2:30 p.m. to 4:40. And it was late for the bowl's welcome reception that started at 5 p.m.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

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