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Archive: December, 2009

Villanova gets Mouphtaou Yarou back

Thursday, December 31, 2009, 3:17 PM
Greetings from courtside at McGonigle Hall, where I'm watching Temple's women's team play No. 8 Duke quite close - it's tied at 35 just over three minutes into the second half. But the big news this afternoon is coming from Villanova, where freshman center Mouphtaou Yarou has been cleared to "resume... Read more

Temple's present becomes its future

Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 1:18 AM
UCLA 30, Temple 21: Kevin Tatum | Notebook | Phil Sheridan | Mike Kern | Rich Hofmann | Notre Damus National coverage: L.A. Times | T.J. Simers | L.A. Daily News | Notebook | Jill Painter | Washington Post | Washington Times | Dick Heller | Associated Press WASHINGTON - It didn't really dawn on me... Read more

UCLA 30, Temple 21

Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 4:27 PM
Pregame coverage From the Inquirer and Daily News Bruins face Owls with recruiting edge by Kevin Tatum After 30-year wait, Temple booster gets with with today's bowl game by Mike Kern Hardin reminisces about Temple's last bowl game by Mike Kern UCLA-Temple breakdown by Mike Kern From me A look... Read more

The top seven local college football games of 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 11:00 AM
Having gone through my top college football games of the calendar year, I figure it's only right to do a football list. I'm sure you won't like this one much either. And I made it harder for myself by picking only seven games instead of ten. Why seven? For two reasons. First, there aren't as many... Read more

A look back at Temple's last bowl game

Monday, December 28, 2009, 9:35 PM
As Temple's football team prepares to play in its first bowl game in 30 years, I thought I'd take a look back into the archives at how the Inquirer covered the Owls' win over California in the 1979 Garden State Bowl. The game took place on Saturday, December 16, at Giants Stadium. The Daily News didn't... Read more

The top 10 local college basketball games of 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009, 12:08 AM
Over the next few days, you're going to see all kinds of year-in-review lists here on I'm getting the ball rolling with what I think were the top 10 college basketball games of the year involving local teams. I didn't attend all of them, but I did write about all of them here on the blog... Read more

Crunchy Numbers: Basketball tip-off edition

Thursday, December 24, 2009, 12:06 AM
With typos corrected (twice). Argh. Before you head off for Christmas, here's an appetizer to set up your weekend feasting. It's the first Crunchy Numbers of the basketball season. This year, I'm going to do the Schuylkill 16 NCAA Tournament teamsheet compilation each week in addition to the City... Read more

Vince Curran joins Penn coaching staff

Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 10:25 PM
I've just had it confirmed to me that Vince Curran has joined the Penn basketball team's coaching staff. Curran, who played at Penn from 1988 to 1992, will fill the slot that had been occupied by Jerome Allen before Glen Miller was fired. Now Allen is the head coach, and Curran will move from press... Read more

The Schuylkill 16 Week 7: Owls flying highest

Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 12:37 AM
In addition to my post, be sure to read Dick Jerardi's column in this morning's Daily News breaking down Ken Pomeroy's season projections for each of the City Six teams. For the second week in a row, Temple is the top team in the Schuylkill 16. I haven't got much to add beyond that, but perhaps you... Read more

Bruiser: 'We were awful'

Monday, December 21, 2009, 10:55 PM
Thanks to Lexington Herald-Leader columnist John Clay for this video of Drexel coach Bruiser Flint's postgame press conference after the Dragons were blown out at Kentucky, 88-44. Samme Givens was the only Drexel player in double figures, with 11 points. Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins scored... Read more
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