Temple Runs over Army, Eyes Bowl Berth

Temple Runs over Army, Eyes Bowl Berth

Don't tell the Temple Owls their season is over. Their 42-14 rout of the Army Black Knights on Saturday showed no signs of a let down after the team was eliminated from the race for the MAC Championship earlier this week.

Though no longer in the running for the conference title—the team's number one goal since the preseason—the Owls still believe they'll be playing football after their final game of the regular season against Kent State next Friday. A record of 8-4 left Temple as one only two eligible teams not be invited to a bowl in 2010. Head coach Steve Addazio seems confident that won't be the case again in 2011.

"We have a really good football team and we're playing strong in November," said Addazio. "We're in the fourth largest media market in the country and we're a hot team. I'm sure there will be a great spot for us if we can go out and take care of business against Kent State on Friday."

Opening his post-game remarks with the words "respect" and "legacy," the coach drew attention to the fact that Saturday's win—the team's seventh of the season—was the 29th victory for the Temple senior class, a new school record. Two more games could see that total stretched to 31 and Temple with the same 9-4 season they put together in 2009, when they made their first bowl appearance in three decades.

"There's just so much to play for," continued Addazio. "Of course [we] were disappointed in the conference championship, but you can't be disappointed if you have the chance to win eight games in the regular season, play in a great bowl game, and get your ninth win."

Temple locked down it's seventh of the season on the back of two strong performances from running backs Bernard Pierce and Matt Brown. The Owls ran for 335 yards 5 TD's on the ground, setting another school record in the process. Pierce's second score of the game—a one-yard run to put Temple ahead 21-0—was the the Owls' 30th rushing touchdown of the season. Their (now) 32 scores on the run has surpassed the former record of 29 set in 2009.

Temple will look to add to their new records when they meet Kent State at noon on Black Friday. With any luck, it won't be the last we see of the Owls in 2011.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Circumstances lead to new Sixer, rotation changes

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Circumstances lead to new Sixer, rotation changes

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers' already-shorthanded backcourt will be down another key player against the Bulls.

T.J. McConnell will miss Wednesday’s game to attend his father-in-law's funeral. The Sixers, already down JJ Redick (leg) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist), signed guard Larry Drew II to a 10-day contract Thursday. 

There’s no easy substitution for McConnell, who has averaged 12.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds off the bench in his last five games. So much of his contributions come from hustle.

“You’re especially going to hear us say that the energy and the sort of spark that he gives needs to be generated as a group through our defense,” Brett Brown said Tuesday. 

Brown plans to play starting point guard Ben Simmons more than his averaged 35.0 minutes. He also intends to utilize Drew, a familiar face who already has played on the Sixers through 10-day contracts and summer league. 

“I respect him,” Brown said of Drew. “He’s good. He’s solid. He’s a true point guard. He was a natural request from my side when these other injuries and circumstances, like T.J. is going through, happened.” 

Drew had been playing in the G League this season, averaging 11.3 points, 7.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals for the Heat’s affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. 

“[Brown] gave me kind of the rundown of what he was expecting from me and I told him he has the man for the job,” Drew said. “Come in, run the team, just be a leader, get guys shots and take open jumpers when you have them. No turnovers, just take care of the ball.” 

Turnovers a hot topic
That last item on Drew’s to-do list was at the forefront of topics for Brown when he addressed the media the day after the Sixers’ 105-101 loss to the Grizzlies (see story). The team committed 10 of its 24 turnovers in the decisive fourth quarter, a number further magnified when those 10 errors led to 20 Grizzlies points. 

“We can say let’s just dribble it up the floor, post Jo (Joel Embiid), and I bet we reduce our turnovers,” Brown said. “Or you can say, we play with a pace, we play with a speed, we lead the NBA in passes, we’re amongst the elite in assists, we like the style of play. But it needs to be filtered, it needs to tempered. All those things end up my answer to where we’re feeling some pain.”

Brown said the players have to “own” their turnovers. Embiid (4.2) and Simmons (4.0) lead the team in that category. Brown noted it is his job as the coach to keep emphasizing it game after game. The Sixers rank worst in the NBA with 17.6 turnovers per game. 

“I don’t want to overreact to Memphis,” Brown said. “I’m not discounting it. It’s not in my bucket of, ‘Oh, there’s 82 games.' It isn’t that. It’s a stinky loss. It’s a poor loss. But we’re going to move on.”

Injury update
James Young (gastroenteritis) is questionable Wednesday against the Bulls.