Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Busy day at Temple

It was a day of celebration and a day of reality at Temple University.

Yesterday started as a celebration for baseball coach Skip Wilson. After 46 years, Wilson is retiring, leaving the school and the game that took such good care of him. There were 1,034 wins, 14 NCAA tournaments, 10 conference titles and two College World Series appearances. More importantly, he touched the lives of thousands of players, including major-leaguers John Marzano, Bobby Higginson, Jeff Manto and Joe Kerrigan.

It's too bad that he had to share the headlines with seven Temple football players being ruled ineligible because of academic failures. Four seniors and three juniors, which included four starters will miss the season.

When the Owls open this week against Arizona State they will be without senior running back Tim Brown, senior safety Bobby Fulmore, senior receiver Mike Holley, junior guard Sam McNaulty, junior cornerback David Reese, senior defensive end J.C. Braker and junior defensive end David Fatherly.

I am curious why this is just coming out now. The timing is terrible for the team. Didn't anyone know back when classes ended in May or at the conclusion of summer classes.

Coach Bobby Wallace certainly should not have been surprised by this if he was keeping track of his team's academic progress. Judging by his comments, Wallace seemed surprised: "It's very difficult at this time to find this information out," he said.

Temple also announced that the men's basketball team has added Anthony Ivory to the roster. Ivory, a 6-foot-9, 325-pound center, accepted a scholarship offer and was in school on Day 1. Ivory, who was academically ineligible last year was cleared to play this season by Temple and the NCAA.

It was a busy day at the Temple sports information office and it was just the first day of school.

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