Thursday, December 18, 2014

Owls focus on improving, not Villanova

At this moment, Temple couldn't care less about facing Villanova.

Owls focus on improving, not Villanova

Temple opens up their season on August 31 against Villanova. (Ron Tarver/Staff Photographer)
Temple opens up their season on August 31 against Villanova. (Ron Tarver/Staff Photographer)

At this moment, Temple couldn't care less about facing Villanova.

The Owls are only focused on becoming a better team. Game planning for the season-opening Mayor’s Cup contest against Villanova can wait.

“That’s not even in our hemisphere right now,”  Temple coach Steve Addazio said. “That’s probably at least a week away ....

“We kind of know what we want to do. But we won’t call it a Villanova practice yet. No chance.”

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The Owls are preoccupied with getting better production out of their receivers and developing depth on the offensive line before the season opener.

The game against the Wildcats on Aug. 31 at Lincoln Financial Field will mark the fourth consecutive and last scheduled Mayor's Cup matchup.  After losing the first one, Temple won the past two contests against the Football Championship Subdivision program.

Villanova, however, owns a 16-14-2 all-time series advantage.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. 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 Reach Keith at

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