March Madness Preview: Villanova Is a Title Contender; Can Temple Reach Tourney, Too?

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center.

Villanova Wildcats guard Darrun Hilliard II (4) and guard Josh Hart (3) celebrate after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 70-52 during the second half at Wells Fargo Center on February 4th.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Villanova is a national title contender this year.

Right: Villanova does not have the best recent NCAA tournament history. They’ve been to the tournament four times in the last five seasons, but haven’t reached the second weekend. Twice, they’ve been knocked out of the bracket in the Round of 32 when seeded No. 2. Last year, ’Nova lost to eventual national champion UConn in its second game.

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Lu Ann Cahn Takes Job at Temple University

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Longtime NBC10 reporter Lu Ann Cahn announced last month she’s retiring from TV journalism — now we know where she’s landing: At Temple University, where she’ll be the director of career services at the School of Media and Communication. It’s a brand-new position.

“One of the most satisfying things I’ve been able to do during my career is mentor hundreds of interns who are now working journalists,” Cahn said in a press release from Temple. “There is no doubt Temple has the best media and communications program in our region and it’s growing. I feel so fortunate I now have this opportunity to work full time with Temple students and can’t wait to help launch the next generation of professional communicators.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to have someone of Lu Ann’s reputation, experience and integrity joining us,” said David Boardman, the school’s dean. “Her passion for excellence will inspire our students, and her wisdom and network will help them land great jobs and internships.”

Cahn had been at NBC10 since 1987. She led th station’s Emmy-award winning coverage of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and she gained national recognition for her book on surviving breast cancer, I Dare Me.

Scenes: Temple Fans Storm Court After Upset Win

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Last night, Temple — ranked 110th in the country pregame by my favorite college basketball rating system — jumped out to a big lead on Kansas and routed the Jayhawks, 77-52. It was Temple’s first win over Kansas in 19 years, and brought to mind Villanova’s rout of Kansas on the same South Philadelphia court almost 10 years ago. (It was the day before the NFC Championship Game the Eagles actually won, if you need to place it.)

And Temple rode the subway to the game — a cool tradition — as you can see above. While Fran Dunphy said he did it as a tribute to all the people over the years who have commuted to Temple on the Broad Street Subway, it’s also a good way to avoid rush hour traffic.

When Temple finished off its Jayhawks blowout, Temple students rushed the court. Looked pretty fun! Here’s a chronicle of all the jacked-up Temple students ESPN showed Monday night.

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Parents Avoid Contempt Citation in Daughter’s Tuition Lawsuit

A judge yesterday refused to hold a 21-year-old’s parents in contempt, ruling the parents do not need to pay Caitlyn Ricci’s tuition while they appeal. In addition, the Appellate Division of New Jersey’s Superior Court will now take on the case.

Ricci sued her parents, who are separated, in February 2013. A judge ordered them to pay $16,000 of her daughter’s tuition at Temple in October. Ricci was seeking an injunction that would force her parents to pay it while they appealed or face fines or jail time.

Ricci has come under wide criticism since suing her parents, and the strain showed: “Her grandfather, Matthew Ricci, tried to shield his granddaughter, who has yet to respond to her critics,” Action News notes.

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Penn State Makes First Bowl Since 2012; Temple Snubbed

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The Nittany Lions are Bronx bound. Penn State’s players learned yesterday the team will play Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl on December 27th. It’s the first bowl game since 2012 for the Nittany Lions, who were banned from bowls the next two seasons in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

A team needs just six wins (and a .500 or better record) to qualify for a bowl. Penn State went 6-6 this year, its first under new coach James Franklin. The Lions opened the season 4-0, but lost 6 of its final 8 games. With its Big Ten Conference bowl tie-ins, that was enough to get the Nittany Lions into a bowl.

The 6-6 record was not enough to get Temple into the a bowl game, however.

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UPDATE: Bill Cosby Resigns From Temple Board of Trustees

 

Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University's commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University’s commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

[Update 4:20 p.m.] According to a statement released today by Temple University, Bill Cosby has resigned from the school’s board of trustees:

Statement of William H. Cosby Jr:
“I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students. As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees.”

Temple University response:
“The Board of Trustees accepts Dr. Cosby’s resignation from the board and thanks him for his service to the university.”

We’ll update as details become available.

[Original] Temple University’s board of trustees will meet “soon” to discuss whether embattled entertainer Bill Cosby should remain on that board, BillyPenn.com reports.
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WATCH: Philly Boy Band Serenades Obama at Philly Campaign Stop

President Obama was at Temple University yesterday stumping for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf. While backstage in the green room, the President was treated to a ditty from Philly soul group Brotherly Love, who sang a five-song set at the rally. According to NBC 10, group members asked Obama if they could sing him a song and he not only said yes but he bopped and clapped right along with them, telling the group that they’ve “got a really great single there.”

“He was stoked,” 21-year-old group member King Kasheef told NBC 10. “He’s a genuine guy. Exactly the same as you hear him speak. He’s definitely a stand-up guy.”

Check out the video above, and read more about the group’s experience here.

The Best Social Media from Obama’s Philly Visit

President Obama was on Temple’s campus Sunday to stump for Tom Wolf. “If we’re going to strengthen the middle class for the 21st Century, we need leaders who understand the 21st Century and understand women are in the workforce,” he told the crowd during a 30-minute speech. (Wolf’s opponent, Gov. Tom Corbett, campaigned in the Philadelphia suburbs with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today, as well.)

Here are some of the best social media posts from Twitter and Instragram from his visit.

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Report: Robbery of Temple Students Was Done in Retaliation

The Daily News reports today that the Temple students robbed in a home invasion were targeted over a previous beef with a neighbor.

The robbery, cops say, happened Sunday night on the 1800 block of North 18th Street. Cops say two men with handguns pistol-whipped a resident who was having a cigarette on the front steps — then came into the house, zip tied the hands of at least six residents and robbed the home of cell phones, laptops, speakers, video games and wallets.

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