Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Honoring Temple's storied past

Sunday afternoon, at halftime of our game against Rhode Island, we will honor one of the greatest teams in the Temple basketball, the 1969 Owl team that won the NIT Championship. It is very important for our present team to always remember who has preceded them and certainly the ’68-69 NIT Championship team, coached by the legendary Harry Litwack, is a very much a part of our Temple basketball history, It was a great stretch run that they made to the title. My fondest remembrance of that team and its accomplishments actually happened many years later when I was watching a piece on the old PRISM network. In that piece one of the seniors on that team, Joe Cromer, talked about how, as great a victory as it was to win the championship against Boston College, the players felt so bad for John Baum for not getting to be the MVP that they all just went home afterwards. No celebration. That is how badly they felt for their guy, John Baum. It said a lot about the leadership that John had for that team, and the love and passion for the game that those guys had. That passion is what made them such a special team. So come out and join me in helping to honor Temple’s past, and also celebrate the future as we take on a really talented Rhode Island Rams team. You will also be able to see my coaching colleague, Tonya Cardoza, lead the Temple women’s team against Saint Louis in our final doubleheader of the season. Go Owls

Honoring Temple's storied past

Sunday afternoon, at halftime of our game against Rhode Island, we will honor one of the greatest teams in the
Temple basketball, the 1969 Owl team that won the NIT Championship.

It is very important for our present team to always remember who has preceded them and certainly the ’68-69 NIT
Championship team, coached by the legendary Harry Litwack, is a very much a part of our Temple basketball history, It was a great stretch run that they made to the title.

My fondest remembrance of that team and its accomplishments actually happened many years later when I was watching a piece on the old PRISM network. In that piece one of the seniors on that team, Joe Cromer, talked about how, as great a victory as it was to win the championship against Boston College, the players felt so bad for John Baum for not getting to be the MVP that they all just went home afterwards. No celebration. That is how badly they felt for their guy, John Baum. It said a lot about the leadership that John had for that team, and the love and
passion for the game that those guys had. That passion is what made them such a special team.

So come out and join me in helping to honor Temple’s past, and also celebrate the future as we take on a really
talented Rhode Island Rams team. You will also be able to see my coaching colleague, Tonya Cardoza, lead the Temple women’s team against Saint Louis in our final doubleheader of the season.

Go Owls

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