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Temple put players’ Twitter handles on back of their jerseys for spring game

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We’ve seen programs grow increasingly aware of the social media presence their players have and taken steps to help them grow their own little followings in recent years. USC and Stanford are two programs who put their players’ handles on the depth chart for games and you’re bound to see schools from Clemson to Texas to Washington mention their players on bigger accounts instead of simply typing out their name.

Temple is putting them all to shame however by using Saturday’s Cherry and White spring game to really matchup players with their social media profile by putting Twitter handles on the back of the jerseys. Yes, really:

Kudos to head coach Geoff Collins and his staff for making this move, as that’s a step beyond what some would even consider doing in today’s day and age. Kind of makes it even more ridiculous that programs like Michigan even fail to put out a basic depth chart for games when the Owls are doing this to connect fans with players in a very unique way.

Heck, who knows, maybe for next year’s game those that score a touchdown or force a turnover can then receive a big blue check mark from Twitter in return to really take this whole thing to the next level.

American, ACC announce officiating alliance

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The ACC and the American have struck a deal for a football officiating alliance, the American announced Monday. The new program will see the two conferences cooperate on all things officiating, from training to scheduling to evaluation.

With the move, the ACC’s Dennis Hennigan will oversee the alliance, while the American’s Terry McAulay will step down as the league’s coordinator of football officiating and the American will hire a new supervisor of football officials.

“We are excited to partner with the ACC regarding the administration of our football officiating program,” AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. “This alliance will provide both conferences with a deep roster of the best college football officials and will provide for greater efficiency and consistency in the training and evaluation of officials as well as enhanced opportunities for the recruitment of officials. We look forward to working with Dennis Hennigan, who was regarded as one of the top on-field officials in college football and has since become a leader on the administrative side. I also want to thank Commissioner John Swofford for his cooperation in reaching this mutually beneficial arrangement.”

The new alliance means ACC officials could oversee a Tulane-Tulsa game, while AAC officials would work a Clemson-Georgia Tech game. The ACC-AAC Alliance will go into effect for the 2018 season.

Temple’s on-campus stadium plans stall after city council meeting

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The dream of Temple football playing in an on-campus stadium appears as though it’s on hold after a Philadelphia city council meeting got heated once again and resulted in the pulling of support by a key local leader.

Per KYW 1060, City Council President Darrell Clarke told the radio station that he would not support the reported $125 million project at a meeting earlier this week. Though the university leadership remains focused on making the new stadium happen eventually, the dwindling support from those in the community have basically stalled the effort and puts into question where the team will play football in 2020 and beyond.

Protestors against the stadium being built already interrupted a town hall meeting on the project last week.

“We do not feel that a 35,000 seat stadium fits in a residential block,” said Reverend Bill Moore, who is part several local groups pushing to ax the project.

Temple had signed an extension on their lease with nearby Lincoln Financial Field (the home of the Philadelphia Eagles) but that agreement runs only through the 2019 season. The hope had been to get the new on-campus stadium built by the time the 2020 campaign rolled around but that is looking increasingly unlikely as local residents — and now city council members — become more and more vocal in their opposition to the project.

The university has not issued a formal statement on their next steps after this latest setback but at least the team itself is moving forward as usual with spring football already under the way in Philly.

Temple adds future home-and-homes vs. Akron, UMass

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Here’s your (latest) sign that we’re plunging deeper into the heart of the 2018 college football offseason.

Temple announced Monday that it has added a pair of future home-and-home series, versus Akron and UMass. Akron will play host to Temple Sept. 11, 2021, with the Zips traveling to Philadelphia to open the 2023 season. UMass will host the first game of its home-and-home Oct. 10, 2020, with Temple closing it out with a home game Sept. 24, 2022.

The Owls and Zips were members of the MAC from 2007-2011 and met each of those five seasons. Temple won all five by a combined score of 178-46.

The Owls and Minutemen played even more recently, squaring off in a two-game series in 2015 and 2016. The two teams split those contests, the first of which was played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philly and the second at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Th school noted in its release that locations of the future games remain undetermined.

Temple stays in-house to replace assistant lost to Rutgers

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After recently losing an assistant to a Big Ten school, Geoff Collins didn’t have to look far to find a replacement.

Temple announced Tuesday that the head coach has promoted Larry Knight to the role of outside linebackers coach.  Knight will also carry the role of recruiting coordinator for the defensive side of the ball.

Knight replaces Cory Robinson, who left late last week for a job at Rutgers.

“We always look to develop and promote young assistants whenever the opportunity warrants,” said Collins in a statement. “Larry Knight is an exceptional young coach. He knows how to teach and to relate with our student-athletes. We were fortunate to add him to the staff last year and I’m excited to now add on-field coaching duties to his responsibilities.”

Knight joined Collins’ Owls staff in February of last year as a quality control coach for both defense and recruiting.  Just last month, he was promoted to the football program’s director of player personnel.

This will mark Knight’s second on-field job, with the first coming in 2015-16 as Georgia State’s outside linebackers coach.  Knight, who played his college football for Central Michigan from 2007-10, was also a graduate assistant at Cincinnati in 2012 and served as a defensive quality control coach at Tennessee from 2013-14.