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Temple seeks game at Hawaii in December

A Termple source confirmed a Honolulu Star Advertiser report that the Owls are trying to schedule a football game with Hawaii at Aloha Stadium in December.

Temple seeks game at Hawaii in December

If the game is approved by the NCAA, Temple will play at Hawai´i on December 8. (AP file photo)
If the game is approved by the NCAA, Temple will play at Hawai'i on December 8. (AP file photo)

A Termple source confirmed a Honolulu Star Advertiser report that the Owls are trying to schedule a football game with Hawaii at Aloha Stadium in December.

After rejoining the Big East in March, Temple (3-3) was left with only 11 games on this season's schedule. The Owls have been attempting to schedule a 12th opponent that would make it easier to get the six wins needed to become bowl eligible for the fourth consecutive season.

Under Temple's current 11-game schedule, it would have to win three of its remaining five games to reach six victories.

Reached Wednesday morning, Owl athletic director Bill Bradshaw said his policy is to not talk about scheduling that's pending. However, he did acknowledge that something is going on.

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"One of the challenges we had in joining the Big East was going from eight conference games to seven," Bradshaw said. "And we worked diligently to schedule a 12th game."

Temple was a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference during the previous five seasons.

"It's very far from a done deal," Warriors acting athletic director Rockne Frietas told The Star Advertiser. "We're going through the due diligence."

Hawaii, a Mountain West member, received clearance from its conference for use of the stadium. The Warriors are waiting for the NCAA's clearance.

If the game does go through, the Temple source said it would be played on Dec. 8.

The Warriors (1-5) have a 12-game schedule that ends against South Alabama on Dec. 1.  Hawaii and teams that play Hawaii are allowed to participate in 13 regular-season games, one above the normal limit.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. 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. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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