Temple to honor Hardin Saturday

Wayne Hardin. (AP file photo)

Temple will honor former coach Wayne Hardin this weekend for his selection to the 2013 Football Subdivision College Football Hall of Fame.

Hardin, who coached the Owls from 1970-82, is the winningest coach in Temple history. He will be recognized in front of the home crowd at the end of the first quarter of the Owls’ home-opener against Houston at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.

Under Hardin the Owls went 80-52 in 13 seasons.

Hardin led the 1979 team to the university’s first bowl victory with a win over California. That team finished 10-2 and recorded the most wins in school history. Hardin's teams set a Temple record of 14 straight wins (eight in 1973 and six in 1974). He was honored as the 1974 Kodak District II Coach of the Year. Hardin was inducted into Temple's Hall of Fame in 1994.