Monday , Feb , 28 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Chaney will not coach in A-10 tourney

=== Chaney will not coach in A-10 tourney ===

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – In a statement released Monday, Temple
University coach John Chaney announced he will not coach in the Atlantic 10
Championship Tournament.

Chaney has been under fire since his actions during a game against conference
foe Saint Joseph’s last Tuesday, in which he admittedly sent in “the goons” in
response to what he believed were illegal Hawks screens that were not being
called by the officials.

Saint Joseph’s senior John Bryant suffered a broken arm as a result of a hard
foul by Temple’s seldom-used Nehemiah Ingram, who fouled out of the game in
just four minutes. Afterwards, Chaney said he was “sending a message.”

“Last week, my words and actions were wrong, wrong, wrong,” Chaney’s statement
opens. “I never intended — nor did any of my players intend — for anyone to
be injured, regardless of what may have been said emotionally before, during
and after the game.”

“But the unfortunate fact is that John Bryant was injured,” Chaney continues.
“I have taken full responsibility for my words and actions, and have
apologized from my heart.”

Bryant, a key role player on Saint Joseph’s Elite Eight team a year ago, will
most likely be out the remainder of the season — meaning the senior will miss
an opportunity to compete in one last A-10 tourney and any other postseason
tournaments the Hawks might reach.

“In view of the circumstances, I believe the fair thing is for me not to coach
during the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament in Cincinnati,” said Chaney,
who originally imposed a self-ordered one-game suspension upon himself before
Temple extended that ban for the remainder of the regular season.

“John Bryant is unable to play in the tournament because of the injury he
sustained last week against Temple. Neither should I be able to coach,” Chaney
continued.

Chaney apologized to Bryant and his family during a personal meeting on
Sunday.

It is unclear whether Bryant and/or Saint Joseph’s will seek further action –
a possible lawsuit, perhaps — against Chaney, but reports Monday said that
Hawks players and members of the university were leery about meeting Chaney on
the court during the tournament and about seeing him at a pre-tournament
banquet.

Bryant scored 288 points and grabbed 317 rebounds in 112 career collegiate
games.

Dan Leibovitz assumed head coaching duties in Temple’s win over Massachusetts
on Saturday and will presumably lead the Owls the rest of the way.

Saint Joseph’s won last Tuesday’s game by a 63-56 score, its sixth consecutive
win over Chaney and the Owls.

TEMPLE