Macauley signs WNBA contract

Victoria Macauley, who played at Temple from 2009-13, signed a training camp contract with the Indiana Fever.

The center is fourth in career blocks and ninth in career rebounds for the Owls. She played for Lavezzini Parma in Serie A1 in Italy last season, where she averaged 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Macauley’s contract does not guarantee her a spot on the team. Should she make the team, she will become the fourth former Owl to play in the WNBA.

DiPietro honored by Camden Catholic High School

Softball coach Joe DiPietro has been elected to the Camden Catholic High School Hall of Fame.

DiPietro, who graduated from the school in 1976, returned to be an assistant coach after graduating from Gloucester County College. He became the head coach in 1988 and remained there for 15 years, winning three straight state championships from 1991 to 1993. He is the winningest head coach in Camden Catholic softball history. He left Camden Catholic when he got the head coaching job at La Salle in 2003. He came to Temple in 2008.

Lee to transfer for final year of eligibility

Redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee has decided to transfer from Temple.

The news was first reported by Keith Pompey of The Inquirer. Lee reportedly told coach Fran Dunphy of his decision yesterday. Lee has acknowledged his decision to depart on Twitter.

Lee is due to graduate in May with a degree in communications. He can transfer to any university and be eligible to play immediately since he will have already earned his undergraduate degree. He cannot enroll in a graduate program that is also offered at Temple.

He averaged 13.6 points on 49.5 percent shooting and 8.6 rebounds per game in 2013-14. He led the American Athletic Conference in rebounds per game and was tenth in the conference in field goal percentage.

Anderson no longer at university

Robby Anderson, the football team’s leading receiver in 2013, is no longer with the team due to academic reasons.

The news was first reported by Anderson’s reason for dismissal is reportedly due to academics. He is not listed on Temple’s public student directory.

Anderson redshirted in 2011 and played sporadically in 2012. After being switched to cornerback in spring practice last year, he left the team for personal reasons to be closer to home. Toward the end of the summer, he was allowed back on the team as a walk-on.

After not playing for the first three games of 2013, he broke out with 791 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns, leading the team in both categories. No other Temple player caught more than three touchdowns last season.

Owls get another transfer

Philadelphia native and Friends’ Central graduate Devin Coleman has transferred to Temple from Clemson, the athletic department announced Thursday.

The news was first reported by Coleman averaged 5.4 points per game in 10 games this season for the Tigers. He started one of those games, a 65-49 win against South Carolina State where he scored 16 points, a career high.

Coleman was a four-time All-Friends League selection at Friends’ Central, where he led them to three straight state championships. He joins Jaylen Bond and Jesse Morgan as players Temple ha sunder scholarship who are sitting out this season after transferring.

Former football coach elected to Hall of Fame

Wayne Hardin, who coached the football team from 1970 to 1982, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.

Hardin put up an 80-52-3 record in his 13 seasons and has the most wins of any coach in program history. He was at the helm when the Owls got their first bowl win, at the Garden State Bowl in 1979, when Temple defeated California.

“This is a great day for Temple University,” Athletic Director Kevin Clark said in a statement in April.. “Wayne Hardin is not only a Hall of Fame football coach, but a Hall of Fame person.  The entire Temple community is grateful that he has been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.”

Baseball team to play games at Campbell’s Field

Athletic communications announced today that the baseball team will play the majority of conference home games at Campbell’s Field, the home field of the Camden Riversharks, an independent league team.

“We are truly excited to be able to provide a first class venue for our team to perform in this historic season,” Director of Athletics Kevin Clark said in a statement.  “We are also grateful to Camden Riversharks President and General Manager Adam Lorber and his staff for their help in bringing this partnership to fruition.”

The Owls are scheduled to play 11 games in Camden. They will play one other home conference game and all nonconference home games at Skip Wilson Field at the Ambler campus.

The games to be played at Campbell’s Field are listed below. The rest of the schedule will be released next week, according to the press release.

Friday, April 4 vs. Cincinnati at 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 5 vs. Cincinnati at 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 6 vs. Cincinnati at noon.
Friday, April 11 vs. South Florida at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 vs. South Florida at 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 13 vs. South Florida noon.
Friday, May 9 vs. Louisville at 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 10 vs. Louisville at 12 p.m.
Thursday, May 15 vs. Houston at 3 p.m.
Friday, May 16 vs. Houston at 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 17 vs. Houston at 11 a.m.

Men picked to finish fifth

The men’s basketball team was picked to finish fifth out of 10 teams in the American Athletic Conference this season.

The results were announced at The American’s media day on Tuesday. Louisville, the defending national champion, was picked unanimously to finish first in the Cardinals’ only year in the conference.

Louisville senior guard Russ Smith was selected as the American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year. Along with Smith, the all-conference first team includes Louisville forward Chane Benahan, Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier and Memphis guard Joe Jackson. Smith, Napier and Jackson were all unanimous decisions.

The second team is Central Florida guard Isaiah Sykes, UConn guard Ryan Boatright, Houston forward TaShawn Thomas, Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell, South Florida guard Anthony Collins and USF forward Victor Rudd. Southern Methodist guard Keith Frazier was named the Preseason Conference Rookie of the Year.

2013-14 Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1.     Louisville (9)                       81
2.     Connecticut (1)                  69
3.     Memphis                            68
4.     Cincinnati                           58
5.     Temple                               40
6.     SMU                                   39
7.     Houston                             28
8.     USF                                   27
9.     UCF                                   24
10.   Rutgers                              16

Men’s basketball schedule completed

After originally being announced in June, the rest of the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule has been revealed.

The dates and locations of most non-conference games had been announced, but no dates for conference matchups, nor had any game times been known.

Only four of 30 games (at Pennsylvania, at Towson, Texas Southern and LIU-Brooklyn) will not be nationally televised. The 26 nationally televised regular season games is a record for Temple.

The Owls will play every American Athletic Conference team twice in the regular season: once at the Liacouras Center and once at the opponent’s home arena for a total of 18 games. They begin conference play at Rutgers on New Year’s Day 2014 at 8 p.m.

Defending national champion Louisville comes to Philadelphia on Thursday, Feb. 13 for a 7 p.m. game that will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2. Temple will also host Memphis on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. and Connecticut on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. Both the Louisville and UConn matchups will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN, and Memphis game will be on ESPN2.

The one non-conference matchup that was not given a date in the previous release was with Villanova. The Wildcats will make the short trip to North Philadelphia for a game on Saturday, Feb 1. The game time has not yet been announced.

Temple will definitely play one game on ESPN’s flagship network. The matchup against La Salle, on Saturday, Jan. 18 at noon, will be part of ESPN’s College GameDay tour.

Click here for the full, updated schedule.

Owls fall in first European game

The men’s basketball team kicked off their European tour with an 82-52 loss to Evreux, a French Pro B team.

The Owls were led by junior forward Anthony Lee, who put up 14 points and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Quenton DeCosey added 11 points and five boards.

Temple was hamstrung by a lackluster second quarter in which they were outscored 17-4. The Owls shot 31 percent from the field and went three for 15 from beyond the arc.

Evreux was paced by former Drexel forward Samme Givens. Givens, who attended Academy of the New Church in Philadelphia, led his team with 18 points and six rebounds.

Temple’s next matchup is against a league rival of Evreux – Boulogne. That game tips off Sat. August 14 at 11:30 EST.