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For first time, Temple has a Hall of Fame player

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For first time, Temple has a Hall of Fame player

Paul Palmer, who broke virtually every Temple University rushing record during his four years with the Owls, has been voted into the College Football Hall of Fame, the Hall announced on Monday morning.
Although former Temple coaches Glenn "Pop" Warner, Ray Morrison and Wayne Hardin are in the Hall, Palmer is the first former Temple player to achieve the honor. This was his seventh year on the ballot.
"The honor of earning admittance to the College Football Hall of Fame is overwhelming, and I can't thank the committee enough for both my nomination and selection," Palmer said. 
"I wouldn’t be able to accept this honor without the contributions of my teammates, coaches and the entire Temple community. With Temple football on the rise, I only hope my induction will crack the door for a number of other deserving Owls to gain entrance to the Hall of Fame down the road." 
Palmer, a native of Potomac, Maryland, rushed for 4,895 yards and netted 6,613 all-purpose yards while at Temple. He had 21 100-yard rushing games and six 200-yard games. In 1986, he led the nation with 1,866 rushing yards and 1,976 yards from scrimmage and broke Marcus Allen's single-season all-purpose yardage record with 2,633.
He finished second to Vinny Testaverde in the 1986 Heisman Trophy balloting.

When he left, he ranked sixth in NCAA Division I history in rushing yards and fourth in all-purpose yards. He’s still in the top 30 all-time on both lists.

Palmer now serves as the color analyst on Temple's radio broadcasts.

"This is really a fitting culmination to an amazing football journey," said former Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, Palmer’s coach at Temple. "I’ve been around some great ones, but pound-for-pound there were none better than Paul Palmer. 
“He had all the athleticism and talent in the world, but what truly separated him was his heart and toughness. You can look at his amazing stats and all those records, [but] they don’t show you just how fearless he was running up the middle at his size against some of the top defenses in the country. I can’t express how thrilled I am for Paul and how proud I have always been to say I was his coach."
After the NCAA ruled that Palmer had signed with an agent before his senior year had ended, Palmer was stripped of his stats from his final year at Temple, and Temple had its six wins in 1986 stripped from the record books as well.
Palmer was the 19th pick in the 1987 draft and spent three years in the NFL. He led the NFL with two kickoff return touchdowns as a rookie in 1987 and led the AFC with 24.3 yards per kick return. He rushed for 1,053 yards and four touchdowns in three years with the Chiefs and Cowboys and caught 74 passes for 731 yards and four more touchdowns. 

He spent the summer of 1991 in Eagles training camp in West Chester.

Palmer and the rest of the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be formally inducted at the 61st annual NFF Awards Dinner on Dec. 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

Fran Dunphy will step aside after next season, be replaced by Aaron McKie

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Fran Dunphy will step aside after next season, be replaced by Aaron McKie

Next season will be the last for Fran Dunphy at Temple, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark.

Dunphy, 69, will step aside after what will be his 13th season with the Owls next year. Former Sixers guard and Temple alum Aaron McKie, who has been on Dunphy's staff as an assistant since 2014, will take the program's reins after Dunphy steps aside.  

The move was first reported by CBS Sports' Seth Davis.

Dunphy's legendary status in the city reaches well beyond North Broad Street. Dunphy has been a part of Big 5 basketball for the last 51 years, beginning his journey as a guard for La Salle (1967-70) before joining the staff as an assistant coach.

Dunphy was named the head coach at Penn in 1989, where he cemented his legacy during an unprecedented 17-year stint that featured a 310-163 record, including an unheard of 48 straight Ivy League wins and 10 Ivy League titles.

In 2005, Dunphy jumped ship to Temple, where he quickly turned around the program, winning the first of three straight Atlantic 10 championships in just his second season at the helm. 

Now, Dunphy is Temple's third-most winningest coach with a 230-136 record. 

Should Dunphy retire after next season, he will leave behind an impeccable coaching career, featuring a 540-299 career record, including 17 20-win seasons, 16 NCAA Tournament appearances and 14 conference championships.

McKie (1991-94) is sixth on Temple's all-time scoring list, averaging 17.9 points per game. McKie, who spent eight years with the Sixers, has served as an assistant under Dunphy since 2014.

Temple put back on its heels in AAC tourney ouster

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Temple put back on its heels in AAC tourney ouster


ORLANDO, Fla. -- No. 11 Wichita State has advanced to the semifinals of American Athletic Conference tournament.


Landry Shamet scored 24 points, Rashard Kelly had 16 and the Shockers held off pesky Temple for an 89-81 victory on Friday night.

Wichita State (25-6) also got a strong performance from its reserves, including 13 points from Austin Reaves. Next up is the winner of the Houston-Central Florida game.

The Shockers won two of three against the Owls this season, and the outcome was in doubt every time.

"We certainly do bring out the best in them," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. "The bottom line is that they make a lot of shots against us, but we usually do get great contributions from our bench. We go 10 or 11 deep and that's a good thing."

Wichita State led 78-75 with 2:23 left and closed it out with 11 foul shots.

Temple stayed close with its perimeter shooting. The Owls went 11 of 24 from 3-pointg range and shot 50.9 percent from the field overall.

Quinton Rose led Temple (17-15) with 25 points. Shizz Alston and Josh Brown each had 15 points for the Owls, who didn't have enough depth to keep pace with Wichita State in the final minutes.

"I loved our fight, I loved how we were hanging with them each and every moment," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "I think late we just needed another basket, another stop, but they're a really good basketball team. They made some veteran plays at the right time."

The Shockers were clinging to a 63-61 lead with eight minutes to play when Reaves, fellow reserve Markis McDuffie and Kelly powered a key 13-3 run. The three combined for 11 points in the surge and helped cool off Rose while leading Wichita State to a 76-64 advantage with just over four minutes remaining.

Shaquille Morris made two foul shots to put the Shockers up 55-45 early in the second half, but the Owls rallied behind Rose. The sophomore guard scored 12 of his team's next 14 points to cut the deficit to 61-59 with 9:10 left.

"Quinton did a great job in that stretch and got us where we needed to be," Dunphy said. "But again, we needed a little better effort at the defensive end and just be a little smarter."

Big picture
Temple: The Owls had some nice early season wins -- Wisconsin, Clemson, Auburn, South Carolina -- but need to take the next step in the conference season. The Owls were only 8-10 in AAC play.

Wichita State: The Shockers are aching for a rematch with top-seeded Cincinnati, but first they'll have to get past the winner of the Houston-UCF game and they've struggled with both. Houston handed Wichita State its worst loss of the season, and UCF took the Shockers to overtime before losing in the second-to-last game of the regular season. Wichita State will need another good night from its reserves to reach the finals.