It will be a “Super Saturday” for Temple athletics as the bowl-bound Temple Football Owls, who have won eight straight games, takes on Kent State at Lincoln Financial Field in their regular-season finale, while our basketball team takes on a talented Siena squad that is on the cusp of breaking into the Top 25 polls.
First, head coach Al Golden has done a tremendous job in turning around the Temple football program and deserves all the recognition he is receiving on the national level. Temple could wrap up the regular season East Division title with a win Saturday, and features one of the country’s best running backs in freshman Bernard Pierce. This is a “must see” game if you are a college football fan.
As for our basketball team, we are coming off a tough 46-45 loss at nationally ranked Georgetown. I was pleased with how we competed, especially on the defensive end, and if we could have done a better job of closing out the game, we would have been successful.
Siena, which is off to a 2-0 start, is coached by a good friend and former Penn and La Salle High player Fran McCaffery. The Saints have a veteran lineup that has experienced great success, including consecutive MAAC championships and NCAA first-round wins in each of the last two seasons.
They will be a formidable opponent for our team as we open the home portion of our season Saturday night at the Liacouras Center. Our players are looking forward to the challenge.
So Saturday will be a great day to come out and wear your Cherry and White to cheer on the Temple Owls in a rare football/basketball doubleheader. Hope to see you there.