Chaney will coach Temple next season
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Temple University men’s basketball coach
John Chaney will return to the bench and guide the Owls next season, according
to a Philadelphia newspaper.
“He will be coaching Temple basketball next season,” Temple president David
Adamany told a writer from the Philadelphia Inquirer in a story posted on the
paper’s web site.
Chaney missed the final three games of the regular season and the Atlantic 10
Tournament after an incident on February 22 in a game against Saint Joseph’s.
In that contest, the 73-year-old coach sent in seldom-used Nehemiah Ingram to
give some hard fouls in response to what he believed were illegal screens by
the Hawks that were not being called by the officials.
As a result of one of the hard fouls by Ingram, Saint Joseph’s senior John
Bryant suffered a broken arm. Ingram ended up fouling out in just four
Chaney apologized to Saint Joseph’s University for his actions and imposed a
one-game suspension on himself. The school later suspended him for the
remainder of the regular season.
Chaney then issued a statement on February 28 and announced that he would also
not coach the Owls in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. Temple lost in
the semifinals to eventual tournament champion George Washington.
He returned to the bench for an NIT loss to Virginia Tech last week. The
Hall-of-Fame coach is seeking his 500th win at Temple. He has compiled a
499-238 record during his 23 years at the school.