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Temple Owls football
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First season 1894
Head coach Al Golden
4th year, 19–30–0  (.388)
Home stadium Lincoln Financial Field
Stadium capacity 68,532
Stadium surface Grass
Location Philadelphia, PA
Conference Mid-American
Division East
All-time record 407–543–52 (.432)
Postseason bowl record 1–2–0
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 0
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 1 ( Paul Palmer, 1986)
Colors Cherry and White            
Fight song "Hail to Old Temple"
Marching band 112 years
Rivals Penn State Nittany Lions
Pittsburgh Panthers
Buffalo Bulls
Website Temple Athletics

The Temple Owls football team participates in the NCAA's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Temple is a football only affiliate of the MAC because their primary conference, the Atlantic Ten Conference, does not currently sponsor a football league (although during the time the A-10 did sponsor football, it was in the Division 1 Championship Subdivision, and Temple's program has always been in the top level of D-I football). The Owls were a football-only member of the Big East Conference from 1991 until 2004. Temple played the 2005 and 2006 seasons as an independent then joined the MAC in 2007.

Al Golden is the current head football coach. He led the Owls to an 1-11 record in 2006-07, his first season. In his second season with Temple, Golden's record is 4-8, the first time the Owls have won four games in a season since 2002. In the 2008 season, the Owls went 5-7, bringing Golden's overall coaching record with Temple to 10-26. In the 2009 season, the Owls went 9-4 (7-1). Al Golden's record with Temple stands at 19-30.



Although Temple began playing organized football in 1894, the Owls' modern era began in 1925. That was the year that Henry J. "Heinie" Miller was hired as head coach, and for a time, the Owls were a regional power. To start the 1928 season, the Owls moved to Beury Stadium (later Owl Stadium, then Temple Stadium), which had a maximum capacity of 34,200. Miller coached eight seasons and compiled a 50-15-8 record.

Yearly records

Year Coach Record
1894 Charles M. Williams 4-1
1895 Charles M. Williams 0-4-1
1896 Charles M. Williams 3-2
1897 Charles M. Williams 3-3
1898 Charles M. Williams 2-5
1899 John T. Rogers 1-4-1
1900 John T. Rogers 3-4-1
1901 H. Shindle Wingert 3-2
1902 H. Shindle Wingert 1-4-1
1903 H. Shindle Wingert 4-1
1904 H. Shindle Wingert 3-2
1905 H. Shindle Wingert 2-0-1
1906 No Varsity Team N/A
1907 Horace Butterworth 4-0-2
1908 Dr. Frank W. White 3-2-1
1909 William J. Schatz 0-4-1
1910 William J. Schatz 3-3
1911 William J. Schatz 6-1
1912 William J. Schatz 3-2
1913 William J. Schatz 1-3-2
1914 William Nicholai 3-3
1915 William Nicholai 3-1-1
1916 William Nicholai 3-1-2
1917 Elwood Geiges 0-6-1
1918 No varsity team due to World War I N/A
1919 No varsity team due to World War I N/A
1920 No varsity team due to World War I N/A
1921 No varsity team due to World War I N/A
1922 Francois M. D’Eliscu 1-4-1
1923 Francois M. D’Eliscu 0-5
1924 Albert Barron 1-4
1925 Henry J. Miller 5-2-2
1926 Henry J. Miller 5-3
1927 Henry J. Miller 7-1
1928 Henry J. Miller 7-1
1929 Henry J. Miller 6-3-1
1930 Henry J. Miller 7-3
1931 Henry J. Miller 8-1-1
1932 Henry J. Miller 5-1-2
1933 Glenn S. Warner 5-3
1934 Glenn S. Warner 7-1-2
1935 Glenn S. Warner 7-3
1936 Glenn S. Warner 6-3-2
1937 Glenn S. Warner 3-2-4
1938 Glenn S. Warner 3-6-1
1939 Fred H. Swan 2-7
1940 Ray Morrison 4-4-1
1941 Ray Morrison 7-2
1942 Ray Morrison 2-5-3
1943 Ray Morrison 2-6
1944 Ray Morrison 2-4-2
1945 Ray Morrison 7-1
1946 Ray Morrison 2-4-2
1947 Ray Morrison 3-6
1948 Ray Morrison 2-6-1
1949 Albert P. Kawal 5-4
1950 Albert P. Kawal 4-4-1
1951 Albert P. Kawal 6-4
1952 Albert P. Kawal 2-7-1
1953 Albert P. Kawal 4-4-1
1954 Albert P. Kawal 3-5
Year Coach Record
1955 Josh Cody 0-8
1956 Peter P. Stevens 3-5
1957 Peter P. Stevens 1-6
1958 Peter P. Stevens 0-8
1959 Peter P. Stevens 0-9
1960 George Makris 2-7
1961 George Makris 2-5-2
1962 George Makris 3-6
1963 George Makris 5-3-1
1964 George Makris 7-2
1965 George Makris 5-5
1966 George Makris 6-3
1967 George Makris 7-2
1968 George Makris 4-6
1969 George Makris 4-5-1
1970 Wayne Hardin 7-3
1971 Wayne Hardin 6-2-1
1972 Wayne Hardin 5-4
1973 Wayne Hardin 9-1
1974 Wayne Hardin 8-2
1975 Wayne Hardin 6-5
1976 Wayne Hardin 4-6
1977 Wayne Hardin 5-5-1
1978 Wayne Hardin 7-3-1
1979 Wayne Hardin 10-2
1980 Wayne Hardin 4-7
1981 Wayne Hardin 5-5
1982 Wayne Hardin 4-7
1983 Bruce Arians 4-7
1984 Bruce Arians 6-5
1985 Bruce Arians 4-7
1986 Bruce Arians 0-11
1987 Bruce Arians 4-7
1988 Bruce Arians 4-7
1989 Jerry Berndt 1-10
1990 Jerry Berndt 7-4
1991 Jerry Berndt 2-9
1992 Jerry Berndt 1-10
1993 Ron Dickerson 1-10
1994 Ron Dickerson 2-9
1995 Ron Dickerson 1-10
1996 Ron Dickerson 1-10
1997 Ron Dickerson 3-8
1998 Bobby Wallace 2-9
1999 Bobby Wallace 2-9
2000 Bobby Wallace 4-7
2001 Bobby Wallace 4-7
2002 Bobby Wallace 4-8
2003 Bobby Wallace 1-11
2004 Bobby Wallace 2-9
2005 Bobby Wallace 0-11
2006 Al Golden 1-11
2007 Al Golden 4-8
2008 Al Golden 5-7
2009 Al Golden 9-4
Source: "Temple — History & Records" (PDF). Temple University Athletics. Temple University. Retrieved December 29, 2009. 



Pop Warner

Following Miller's departure in 1933, the Owls made a national splash with the hiring of their next coach, the legendary Glenn "Pop" Warner. Warner had spent the previous 19 years at Pittsburgh and Stanford, winning three national championships. He ended his career at Temple, going 31-18-2 in six seasons. In 1934, the Owls went 7-0-2 in the regular season and were invited to play in the inaugural Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day, 1935, where they lost to Tulane, 20-14.


From the time Warner retired at the end of the 1938 season until 1963, the Owls experienced only 4 winning seasons. The team reached a nadir in the late 1950s, enduring a school record 21-game losing streak from the last four games of the 1957 season and through the entire 1958 and 1959 seasons. George Makris arrived as head coach to start the 1960 season and won his first game. Makris restored competitiveness to the Owl program, compiling a 10-year record of 45-44-4. Makris' tenure coincided with Temple's 10 years in the University Division of the Middle Atlantic States Conference.

The Hardin years

After the 1969 season, the Owls became an independent again to upgrade their schedule and compete against the top teams in the East. Under new coach Wayne Hardin, who coached six years at Navy, Temple was up to the challenge. Hardin led the Owls to an 80-52-3 record over 12 years.

Temple went 9-1 in 1973 and 8-2 in 1974 and won 14 straight games at one point. Temple played regular season games in Japan's Mirage Bowl twice, losing 35-32 to Grambling in 1977 and beating Boston College 28-24 in 1978.

In 1979, the Owls had a 10-2 record and the most wins in school history. The Owls opened the season with a 38-16 win at West Virginia and later beat Rutgers (41-20) and Syracuse (49-17). Temple's only losses during the regular season were to nationally ranked Pittsburgh (10-9) and Penn State (22-7). In the game at Penn State, before a record-setting crowd, the Owls led 7-6 at the half. Following the 1979 season, the Owls defeated California 28-17 in the second Garden State Bowl. The crowd who witnessed Temple beat California (55,952) was the largest in the short history of that Bowl.

Under Hardin, the Owls were one of the more stable Eastern football powers and often defeated local rivals West Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse and Pitt. In the 1970s, Temple went 4-4 against West Virginia, 2-1 against Rutgers, 1-1 against Syracuse, 4-1-1 against Cincinnati and 2-0 against Connecticut.

Arians era

When Hardin retired in 1982, the Owls hired Bruce Arians - then 30 years old - to succeed him. Arians had some success, beating Pitt three times in his six years on the job. Arians had two winning seasons, going 6-5 in 1984 when the defense was ranked 21st in the nation beating East Carolina, Pitt, and West Virginia and 6-5 1986. Unfortunately, Temple's six wins in 1986 were later forfeited due to the fact that the Owls' roster included an ineligible player.


Jerry Berndt, who took over for Arians in 1989, led Temple to their last winning season for almost twenty years in 1990, when the Owls went 7-4. Temple joined the Big East Conference in 1991, but had difficulty competing against teams with better facilities and bigger budgets. During their fourteen years in the league, Temple won as many as three league games only once (1997: 3-8, 3-4 Big East) and failed to win any league games six times. Overall, they had a 14-80 record against Big East foes.

Berndt (11-33), Ron Dickerson (1993-97: 8-47) and Bobby Wallace (1998-2005: 19-71) were unable to halt the decline. Temple went 0-11 in Wallace's final year. In part due to the Owls' noncompetitiveness, the Big East voted to expel the Owls at the end of the 2005 season.

Golden era

On December 6, 2005, Al Golden, then the defensive coordinator for the University of Virginia under Al Groh, was named the new head coach. The Owls lost their first 8 games under Golden before beating Bowling Green during their Homecoming game on October 28, 2006. The win snapped a 20-game losing streak, one game short of the school record. The Owls finished 1-11 in Golden's first year. The Owls won 4 games in 2007, including three straight wins at one point in mid-season. During Golden's second season, Temple's defense was ranked 49th in the nation, as opposed to 118th in 2006.[1] The offense also improved from 118th to 113th, but it was clear that Temple's defense, despite their incredible youth, was the heart of their team. The Owls won 5 games in 2008, their most since 1990. In his fourth season, Golden's record stands at 19-29. In 2009, the Owls went 9-4, their best record since 1979. Temple accepted a bid to play in the EagleBank Bowl, where they faced the UCLA Bruins, which was the Owls' first post-season appearance since the 1979 Garden State Bowl. The Owls fell to the Bruins 30-21.

Coaching staff

Name Position Year at school
Al Golden Head Coach 4th
Mark D'Onofrio Assistant Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Linebackers Coach
Matt Rhule Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks Coach
Andrew Dees Offensive Line Coach 4th
Ed Foley Tight Ends Coach
Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Recruiting Coordinator
Tyree Foreman Running Backs Coach 3rd
Kevin Gilbride Wide Receivers Coach 3rd
Randy Melvin Defensive Line Coach 1st
Paul Williams Defensive Backs Coach 4th
Sean Desai Special Teams Coordinator 3rd




Offensive guard Bill Singletary was a first team All-American in 1972 and is the only Temple player to have his number (64) retired.

In 1974, Steve Joachim won the Maxwell Award as the top college football player and was a Walter Camp first team All-American.

In 1986, running back Paul Palmer was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy behind Vinny Testaverde and a consensus first-team All-American. Palmer is Temple's all-time leading rusher with 4,895 yards.

Owls in pro football

Several Owls have achieved notable success in the professional ranks, among them New York Jets lineman Joe Klecko. Others who have played or are playing in the NFL, including linebackers Al Singleton, Rian Wallace, Keith Armstrong, Santo Stephens and Lance Johnstone, wide receivers Steve Watson and Leslie Shepherd, tight ends Randy Grossman and Mike Hinnant (both with the Steelers), lineman Antwon Burton, Raheem Brock, Dan Klecko, John Rienstra, Jim Cooper, James Parrish, James Harris, Tim Terry, Larry Chester, Tre Johnson, safety Todd Bowles, free safety Anthony Young, cornerback Kevin Ross, running backs Paul Palmer, Stacey Mack, Todd McNair, Anthony Anderson, Zack Dixon and quarterback Henry Burris, Jason McKie

Other notable players

The program's most famous ex-player, comedian Bill Cosby, was a running back in the early 1960s. Another ex-player with famous ties, tight end Scott Haley, is the son of late Rock 'N Roll pioneer Bill Haley.

Temple alumni currently in the coaching ranks include Todd McNair, the running back coach at the University of Southern California. John Grackle was a coach for a small highschool team in Dallas, Texas. Dick Beck, the captain of the 1990 team, won a large school Pennsylvania state championship in the high school ranks as North Penn's head coach. George Curry,another alumnus, recently retired after leading Berwick to three USA Today mythical national high school championships.

Other information

Attendance milestones

During the 1986 season, the Owls averaged an all-time modern high of 34,543 fans to their games at Veterans Stadium and their games, regularly televised, did well in the local Neilsen ratings. Temple currently plays its home games at Lincoln Financial Field. From 1927 until the mid-1970s, the Owls played at Temple Stadium. Veterans Stadium and Franklin Field followed as home sites until the 2003 inaugural college game at Lincoln Financial Field between Temple and Villanova, which drew over 30,000 fans.

During the 1970s, Temple's chief rivals were Rutgers, Villanova University and Delaware. Rutgers became the chief rival into the 90s. Despite not playing Delaware since 1985, the Owls hold the distinction of drawing the largest crowd to Delaware Stadium, 23,619, on Oct. 27, 1973. Temple won that game, 31-8.

The school has a potentially large fan base to bring into the MAC, with over 250,000 alumni currently living within a 50-mile radius of Philadelphia. Temple University has 35,599 students and is located in the nation's fourth-largest media market.

The most attended Temple game, with 105,950 attendees, occurred November 11, 2006 at Beaver Stadium, home of Penn State. Temple lost that game 47-0. Nine out of the ten most attended Temple games occurred at Penn State.[3]

The largest attended home game was November 10, 2007, at Lincoln Financial Field, when the Owls played host to the Penn State Nittany Lions, which had an attendance of 69,029.[3] Temple lost the game 31-0.

Media coverage

Eight Temple games were broadcast over Philadelphia television in 2005, the most in school history. The Temple radio network, which once included 12 stations from as far north as Sayre, PA to as far south as Baltimore, Md., is now down to one flagship station, WPHT 1210 (AM), in Philadelphia. Harry Donahue handles the play-by-play with Steve Joachim doing the color. Past play-by-play broadcasters have included Dave Sims, who currently covers college football and basketball for ESPN; Ron Menchine, the former Navy play-by-play announcer and Howie Herman, currently a sports columnist in Massachusetts. Two Philadelphia newspapers, The Inquirer and Daily News, occasionally cover Temple football. and The Temple News, the university's student-run newspaper, regularly provides coverage of Temple football.

Notable facts

First year of football: 1894

Under Head Coach Wayne Hardin Temple's school-record 14-game winning streak over a period of two years from 1973 into 1974 was the longest Division I-A winning streak in the United States at the time.

Also under Hardin, Temple's most successful season was in 1979 when it went 10-2, and finished ranked No. 17 in both final polls.

Temple is 1-2 in post-season bowls. Their last bowl appearance was a victory in the Garden State Bowl on December 15, 1979, when the Owls defeated California 28-17. The Owls lost to Tulane 20-14 in the first-ever Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1935. Temple accepted an invitation to play in the EagleBank Bowl in Washington, D.C., on December 29, 2009, where they faced UCLA. It was the Owls' first bowl game in 30 years.


  1. ^ "wNCAA Football Statistics". Yahoo! Sports. 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  2. ^ "Coaching Staff". Temple Football: 2009 Media Guide. Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  3. ^ a b "weekly release". Temple Athletics. 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 

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