Temple’s Chaney suspends himself one game
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Temple basketball coach John Chaney
imposed a one-game suspension on himself Wednesday, one day after criticizing
officials, yelling at the commissioner of the Atlantic 10 Conference and
sending what he termed a “goon” into a game against Saint Joseph’s.
“I would like to apologize to Saint Joseph’s University, its fans, student-
athletes and head coach Phil Martelli for my reprehensible behavior during
Tuesday’s game,” Chaney said through a news release.
The Hall of Fame coach, upset about what he thought were illegal screens by
Saint Joseph’s that were not being called by the officials, turned to seldom-
used Nehemiah Ingram to get even.
“I’m sending a message,” Chaney said after the game. “I’m going to send in
what we used to do years ago, send in the goons.”
Ingram threw several elbows, one connecting to the chin of Hawks center
Dwayne Jones. He also pushed John Bryant to the floor with two hands, sending
him to the bench with back and shoulder pain.
Ingram, who is 6’8″ and 250 pounds, fouled out of the game in just four
minutes. “That’s what happens. That’s what happens,” Chaney said Tuesday.
“I’m a mean, ornery, son of a bitch. You understand? When I see something
wrong, I try to right it. I try to do the same thing they’re doing.”
As he entered the interview room after Tuesday’s game, Chaney barked at
Atlantic 10 commissioner Linda Bruno about the officials. Bruno responded
“Coach Chaney’s behavior was uncharacteristic of the way he runs his program
and I expect that a similar occurrence will not happen again,” Bruno said
through a release.
The Hawks beat Temple Tuesday for the second time this season.
Chaney will miss Saturday’s game against Massachusetts
Chaney, who has taken the Owls to the NCAA Tournament 17 times since taking
over the program in 1982, led Cheyney State to the Division II national
championship in 1978.
The Owls have advanced to the “Great Eight” five times under Chaney, who also
owns the distinction of playing for the Harlem Globetrotters (1955). He grew
up in North Philadelphia and was the city’s Player of the Year while at
Ben Franklin High School in 1951.