A Temple University spokesman said plans to build a 35,000-seat football stadium on the school’s Main Campus in North Philadelphia are still on, despite a recent report that claimed otherwise. Read more »
Students from several Philadelphia universities, including Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, are planning to walk out of their classrooms during president-elect Donald Trump‘s inauguration tomorrow. Read more »
Geoff Collins, a rising star in the coaching ranks who led Florida’s top-10 defense this season, will be the new coach at Temple. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy first reported the news.
Collins has been Florida’s defensive coordinator for two years. This season, the Gators’ defense was sixth in yards per game despite playing in the SEC, one of the best conferences in the country. Florida’s defense allowed just 24 touchdowns in 12 games (and five of them were to number-one Alabama in the SEC Championship game). Florida was seventh nationally in total defense the year before. Read more »
The Matt Rhule era at Temple is over.
Rhule, who coached the Temple Owls football team to its best two-season stretch in school history, is leaving to take the head coach position at Baylor University. The school confirmed the hire early this afternoon. FOX Sports’s Bruce Feldman first reported the news.
The Owls won their first conference championship in the Football Bowl Subdivision this year, routing Navy on Saturday afternoon to win the American Athletic Conference. The Owls also beat Penn State during the 2015 season, the team’s first win over the Nittany Lions since 1941.
Ed Foley will be the interim head coach when Owls play Wake Forest in the Military Bowl in Annapolis on December 27th. Read more »
Richard Englert officially became Temple University’s president yesterday after serving as acting president for almost three months. Read more »
Today, Tina Fey receives the Lew Klein Award for Excellence in the Media. As is tradition with Klein Award winners, she did an hourlong Q&A session with Temple students this morning.
Fey talked with Temple students for an hour. She talked about her career at Saturday Night Live, at 30 Rock, in the many movies she’s worked on and starred in, and her time at the Upper Darby Summer Stage as a kid. But she mainly just answered questions for Fay fangirls and fanboys — one said, “I find you very attractive” — and gave them life advice. Below, a sampling of Fey’s wisdom at Temple today. Read more »
Next semester, Temple students will have a chance to take a class on a plant they may already be familiar with: marijuana.
But it’s not a class about how to best to enjoy the Three Kings strain. It’s about the plant itself — the difference between cannabis and hemp, the history of its cultivation, the effect it has on a human body, the history of its prohibition, its medical uses and its integration into pop culture. Temple School of Media and Communication professor Linn Washington has partnered with local marijuana activist and writer Chris Goldstein for the class.
“As an advocate, and as a writer, I keep running into what is kind of a knowledge gap,” Goldstein says. “People don’t get a basic education on marijuana in college. It touches on criminal justice, medicine, business, health care, pop culture, societal trends, but also deeply into politics and public policy, too.” Read more »
We only have one question about Tina Fey‘s appearance at Temple next week: Will she make any Bill Cosby jokes?
Fey’s 30 Rock made a joke about the scores of sexual assault allegations against Cosby back in 2009, before Hannibal Buress delivered his infamous Bill Cosby routine at The Trocadero in October 2014. Fey also made Cosby jokes while hosting the 2015 Golden Globes with Amy Poehler.
Cosby still holds an honorary from Temple, and Cosby’s lawyer (Patrick O’Connor) is still the chair of the Temple Board of Trustees. And Fey will appear at Temple University next Friday to accept the Lew Klein Award for Excellence in the Media. Sure, she’s getting an award so she might be nice — but she is a comedian, and passing up an opportunity to make a Bill Cosby joke there… well, what comedian would? Read more »