Saturday, April 25, 2015

Taney has a fan in Temple's Rhule

Temple football coach Matt Rhule said he feels bad for whoever has to sit next to his son this week at the Little League World Series in Williamsport.

Taney has a fan in Temple's Rhule

Taney´s Tai Shanahan rises from the pile of celebrating Dragon teammates after they defeated the Newark Nationals, 8-0 in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship game Sunday, August 10, 2014 advancing to the Little League World Series in Williamsport. MICHAEL BRYANT  / Staff Photographer
Taney's Tai Shanahan rises from the pile of celebrating Dragon teammates after they defeated the Newark Nationals, 8-0 in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship game Sunday, August 10, 2014 advancing to the Little League World Series in Williamsport. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer

Temple football coach Matt Rhule said he feels bad for whoever has to sit next to his son this week at the Little League World Series in Williamsport.

Nine-year-old Bryant Rhule is “out of his mind” about the Taney Dragons, his dad said. The Rhules live in Center City and Bryant Rhule plays for a younger Taney team. He attends the World Series each year with his grandparents, who live in Montoursville.

 “I wake up at 5:30 every morning and he’s up with the app on his phone like ‘Look dad, look,” said Rhule after Tuesday morning’s football practice.

Center City-based Taney plays its first game on Friday at 3 against Nashville, Tenn. Manager Alex Rice will likely pitch Mo’ne Davis, who pitched a complete-game shutout on Sunday to clinch the regional title. Rhule said he was impressed when he watched her pitch earlier this season.

Davis will be the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series.

“I’d be quite honest with you, I want to meet Mo’ne Davis,” said Rhule. “She’s something else.”

Rhule and his son watched Sunday’s regional championship together. He said the program “does a great job for the kids that live in Center City.”

“Youth sports can be a slippery slope,” said Rhule. “That’s a league that does it right. They provide tremendous instruction for the kids, but they also let everybody play and teach the kids.”

Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
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.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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