Owls Are Golden

Money talks.

Especially at Temple University where the Owls made a strong statement Wednesday morning announcing a five-year contract extension for football coach Al Golden through 2014.

Later in the afternoon the Owls reached deep into the nest again giving Philadelphia icon basketball coach Fran Dunphy an eight-year extension through the 2018 season.

Nice stability in this economy.

Stability well earned.

Dunphy earned Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading the Owls to a 25-6 record.

For the third year in a row Temple captured the A-10 conference tournament championship sealing their third straight NCAA
Tournament appearance.

Despite Hall-of-Fame coach John Chaney’s huge shoes to fill, literally they’re like size 14, Dunphy has brought a fading basketball program back into the national spotlight, not because of his walrus-like mustache but because of his keen recruiting and a shutdown defense.

Al Golden had no shoes to fill.

In 2005 Golden inherited the worst football program in the nation when he arrived in Philadelphia.

But the former Penn State captain has used a vigilante attack on local talent to capture the Owls first bowl appearance in thirty years. Despite their loss to UCLA, who unsuccessfully tried to lure Golden to California in 2007, in the bowl, Golden has not disappointed the Temple community.

After going 1-11 in his first season, Golden’s tactics have improved every year leading the Owls to a 9-4 record last season before losing the MAC championship to Central Michigan.

Golden is 19-30 after four years with the Cherry and White partly because he is a no nonsense type of guy- just what the program needed.

Before his next five years are up look for him to be a leading candidate as Joe Paterno’s successor at Penn State.

Until then enjoy Temple’s Golden years.

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