CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi had a good idea what to expect over the past two seasons from every opponent in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference concludes its preseason media days Thursday with a focus on the always unpredictable Coastal Division.
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Georgia Tech wraps up a spring of major change
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech's offense has essentially spent spring practice trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
The transition from triple-option to no-huddle spread under new...
Georgia Tech practices while mourning death of teammate
ATLANTA (AP) — On a chilly spring morning, the sun shining brightly under a brilliant azure sky, the Georgia Tech players balled up a fist and thumped their chests a couple of times. Then they put...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's medical examiner plans further tests to determine the cause of Georgia Tech defensive lineman Brandon Adams' death.
Georgia Tech announces death of DT Brandon Adams
ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Adams, a rising senior who was expected to be a key member of Georgia Tech's defensive line under new coach Geoff Collins, died at the age of 21, the school announced...
Georgia Tech moving 5 home games from 2020-24 off campus
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech on Tuesday announced plans to move five home games — one each in five consecutive seasons, including dates against Notre Dame in 2020 and 2024 — to Mercedes-Benz...
Carey introduced as Temple coach, a place he “wants to be”
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple University athletic director Patrick Kraft smiled and let out a little laugh when he took the podium to introduce the school's newest head coach, Rod Carey.
"I feel like Bill Murray in 'Groundhog Day,'" Kraft said Friday.
Temple hires Rod Carey from N. Illinois as coach
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple has hired Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey as its next football coach, filling a vacancy that abruptly opened in late December after the newly-hired Manny Diaz left to lead Miami.
Temple officials said Friday that they planned to introduce Carey at a news conference. Athletic director Patrick Kraft says Carey is a proven winner and the right fit to keep the Owls moving forward.
Collins fills Georgia Tech staff by hiring Key from Alabama
ATLANTA (AP) — New Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins has completed his first coaching staff by hiring Brent Key from Alabama as assistant head coach, run game coordinator and offensive line coach.
Key was Alabama's offensive line coach for the last three seasons. Each of his three years, Key's units were finalists for the Joe Moore Award presented annually to the nation's top offensive front.
Key was a starting right guard at Georgia Tech from 1997-2000.
Collins adds 3 assistants to his first Georgia Tech staff
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins has added two defensive assistants and one offensive assistant.
Larry Knight will coach defensive ends and outside linebackers, Jim Panagos will coach the defensive line, and Chris Wiesehan will oversee tight ends and offensive special teams.
Collins also brought in Ryan Horton as director of applied science for strength and conditioning.
Collins adds Burton, Popovich to new Georgia Tech staff
ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia Tech safety Nathan Burton is returning to Atlanta as co-defensive coordinator for new coach Geoff Collins.
Burton, who coached defensive backs for Collins at Temple in 2018, will be in charge of Georgia Tech's safeties.
Collins also has hired Jeff Popovich, who was on Boise State's staff in 2018, to coach cornerbacks and coordinate kickoff and punt coverage.
Georgia Tech’s Collins hires Temple’s Patenaude, Thacker
ATLANTA (AP) — New Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins is bringing his offensive and defensive coordinators to Atlanta from his previous Temple staff.
Collins announced Monday he has hired offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude and defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker from Temple. The two worked with Collins the last two seasons at Temple.
Stumbling Duke, surging Temple meet in Independence Bowl
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Independence Bowl: Duke (7-5) vs. Temple (8-4), Thursday, 1:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Collins names Choice as Georgia Tech’s running backs coach
ATLANTA (AP) — Tashard Choice is returning to Georgia Tech as running backs coach for Geoff Collins.
Collins, hired from Temple as the successor to Paul Johnson this month, named Choice to his staff on Friday.
Choice was a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference rushing leader and former NFL running back with the Dallas Cowboys and three other teams. He was an assistant coach at North Texas the last two seasons. Choice began his coaching career as an intern with the Cowboys in 2016.
Georgia Tech signs tight end Tyler Davis from UConn
ATLANTA (AP) — Newly hired coach Geoff Collins has added a second tight end, Tyler Davis, a graduate transfer from UConn, to Georgia Tech's class of early signees.
The addition of Davis (6-foot-4, 243) on Thursday gives Collins, the former Temple coach, 18 players in his first signing class. The early signing period continues through Friday.
Davis had 22 catches for 237 yards and six touchdowns as a junior in 2018.
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Temple introduces Manny Diaz as football coach
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Manny Diaz let everyone know what he thought of the reception he received when being introduced as Temple's football coach Thursday.
"This is better than what was on the brochure," he said.
The 44-year-old University of Miami defensive coordinator was introduced as the 15th head coach in school history in front of a packed crowd of students and supporters at Liacouris Center. Diaz replaces Geoff Collins, who left last week after two seasons to coach Georgia Tech.
AP source: Temple hires Miami d-coordinator Diaz as coach
Temple has hired Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz as its next head coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the school was planning to make the deal official Thursday, with a news conference scheduled on campus at 3 p.m. EST to introduce the Owls' new football coach.
Georgia Tech players motivated to give Johnson 1 final win
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech players say they'll have extra motivation to send coach Paul Johnson out with a win when they play Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl.
Georgia Tech hires Temple’s Geoff Collins to replace Johnson
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia native Geoff Collins said Friday he landed his dream job when hired to return as Georgia Tech's coach.
Most notable among changes the former Temple coach will bring to the Yellow Jackets will be a shift from the spread-option offense used by former coach Paul Johnson the last 11 years.
AP Source: Temple coach Collins meets with GTech officials
Temple coach Geoff Collins has met with Georgia Tech officials about the Yellow Jackets' vacant head-coaching position, a person with knowledge of the meetings told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Georgia Tech was not releasing information about its search to replace Paul Johnson, who is stepping down after 11 seasons as coach of the Yellow Jackets. Johnson will coach Georgia Tech against Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 in Detroit.
Russo leads Temple past Navy 24-17
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Temple quarterback Anthony Russo has impressed his coaches with his big arm and tendency to make game-changing plays at critical moments.
The 6-foot-4 sophomore delivered again in one of his team's biggest road tests of the season.
Russo threw for 300 yards with a 62-yard touchdown pass to Ventell Bryant midway through the fourth quarter and Temple won for the fourth time in five games by running past Navy 24-17 on Saturday.
Russo leads Temple past Navy 24-17
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Anthony Russo threw for 300 yards with a 62-yard touchdown pass to Ventell Bryant midway through the fourth quarter and Temple won for the fourth time in five games by running past Navy 24-17 on Saturday.
Owls fullback Rob Ritrovato tied the game at 17 on a 1-yard plunge within 5:53 left in the third quarter. From there, the defense for Temple (4-3, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) contained Navy's triple-option attack.
Temple rolls to 35-14 upset of previously unbeaten Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Desperate to get its first win of the season, Temple incorporated a defensive strategy that could be summed up in three simple words: Stop the run.
Jamming the line of scrimmage and daring unbeaten Maryland to throw, the Owls shut down the Terrapins' potent offense and pulled off a 35-14 upset Saturday.
After watching the Terrapins run over Texas and Bowling Green, Temple coach Geoff Collins knew what the Owls had to do as a 16-point underdog.
David Hood has been a dad and a college football player and sometimes he had to do both at the same time.
Last year during summer workouts at Temple, little David IV, then 3, tagged along with his dad for a few days. Up at 5 a.m., Hood brought his son to the locker room, the training table, the practice field — where the youngster stretched with the team — and then the weight room.
A decade ago, Mario Cristobal had to put together a coaching staff at Florida International on a shoe-string budget.
The first-time head coach was able to hire some hidden gems as assistants, several of whom are now prominent coaches, including Scott Satterfield (Appalachian State head coach), Geoff Collins (Temple head coach) and Todd Orlando (Texas defensive coordinator).
Nutile leads Temple over FIU 28-3 in Gasparilla Bowl
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Geoff Collins has lofty expectations for Temple.
"The future is bright," the first-year coach said after Frank Nutile threw for 254 yards and a touchdown to lead the Owls to a 28-3 victory over Florida International in the Gasparilla Bowl on Thursday night.
Temple will be playing football in the postseason. The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl will have Temple facing Florida International University on Thursday, Dec. 21. The Owls (6-6 overall, 4-4 American Athletic Conference) and the Panthers (8-4 overall, 5-3 Conference USA) will play in St. Petersburg, Fla. The kickoff is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Temple Owls will visit Tulsa with hopes of landing their sixth victory and becoming bowl eligible. Temple is coming off 45-19 loss to the University of Central Florida last week.
The Owls (5-6 overall, 3-4 league) will battle the Golden Hurricane (2-9 overall, 1-6 league) in an American Athletic Conference game on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ESPNews). Tulsa has struggled throughout most of the season, but gave No. 22-ranked South Florida all it could handle before dropping a 27-20 decision.
No. 14 UCF and QB McKenzie go for 10-0 at chilly Temple
No. 14 Central Florida (9-0, 6-0 American, CFP No. 15) at Temple (5-5, 3-3), Saturday, noon ET (ESPNU)
Temple will face the University of Central Florida in what is shaping up to be a big game for the Owls. The undefeated Knights (9-0 overall, 6-0 league) are ranked No. 14 in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
In addition, Temple (5-5 overall, 3-3 league) has a chance to become bowl eligible with a victory over UCF. If not, Temple will still have an opportunity when it plays Tulsa (2-8 overall, 1-5 league) on Saturday, Nov. 25, in its final regular-season game.
Temple keeps bowl hopes alive with a 35-24 win at Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (AP) — Temple was able to keep its bowl hopes alive and make its senior class the most successful in school history.
Junior Frank Nutile threw for one touchdown and ran for other, Isaiah Wright had a 98-yard kickoff return and Temple kept its bowl hopes alive with a 35-24 win over Cincinnati on Friday night.
"We would rather die out there than let our seniors down," Nutile said.
Nutile’s 4 TDs lead Temple past slumping Navy 34-26
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple coach Geoff Collins needed his deep, booming voice for his postgame press conference.
In the adjacent locker room, the music was loud and so was the chanting. And why not? Amid an uneven first season in charge, Collins' Owls put together their best performance of the season.
Frank Nutile threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns, and Temple's struggling offense awoke to beat struggling Navy 34-26 on Thursday night.
Travon Williams is always prepared to play for the Temple Owls. Williams, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver, knows it’s important to be on top of his game when the time comes for him to get out on the field.
“It’s not too much about getting ready,” Williams said. “It’s staying ready. All week I practice and go 110 percent. I’m just hoping to get out there and give them a spark. Getting a hand off here or there or getting a pass.”
In Temple’s 20-13 loss to Houston last week, the Owls came away with a bright spot. It’s the running game. Temple was able to pick up 142 yards on the ground.
The rushing attack was led by Ryquell Armstead and David Hood. Armstead was the leading rusher with 67 yards on 14 carries. Hood picked up 53 yards on eight attempts.
There wasn’t much to cheer about following Temple’s lopsided 43-7 loss to No. 18 South Florida last week. The Owls are hoping to bounce back on Saturday against the University of Houston at Lincoln Financial Field. The kickoff will be at noon (ESPNU). Temple head coach Geoff Collins believes his players will be ready to play against the Cougars.
Wimbush leads Notre Dame to 49-16 victory over Temple
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame got just about everything it could have hoped for in an opening game coming off a disappointing 4-8 season: solid play on defense, three 100-yard rushers and first-time starter Brandon Wimbush throwing for a pair of touchdowns in a 49-16 win over Temple on Saturday.
"When you can exhibit some of the perseverance and the grit that we showed that is needed to have a successful season, that's a good day for me," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said.
Notre Dame hosts Temple in opener full of new faces
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — When Temple and Notre Dame kick off their seasons Saturday in refurbished Notre Dame Stadium, they might as well be looking in a mirror.
With new coaching staffs and new quarterbacks, the Owls and Fighting Irish have plenty in common, though they are coming from different directions from 2016. Temple, champion of the American Athletic Conference, went 10-4; Notre Dame was a woeful 4-8.
Florida faces tough challenge of rebuilding stout defense
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — When coach Jim McElwain took over at Florida, he inherited one of the Southeastern Conference's stingiest defenses.
The unit got even better during McElwain's first two seasons in Gainesville. The Gators finished eighth in yards allowed in 2015 and fifth last year, no question the main reason they played for back-to-back conference championships.
Keeping the defense at that level could be Florida's biggest challenge heading into this season.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Randy Shannon got a $400,000 raise to go along with his promotion to defensive coordinator.
Shannon was promoted to defensive coordinator in January, four days after the Gators beat Iowa 30-3 in the Outback Bowl. Shannon's contract was released Friday along with those of new assistants Ja'Juan Seider, Corey Bell and Brad Davis.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Geoff Collins flips through the pages in a three-ring binder, and then grabs another and does the same.
He finds the pages he wants and puts them side-by-side. Two travel itineraries, one from his time as Florida defensive coordinator and one that was used by his predecessor at Temple.
The logos at the top of the page, the fonts, the layout of the schedule — it all looks about the same. That's not a coincidence.
Joe Walker shines in Delaware football’s annual Spring Blue-White Game
Former Martin Luther King High star Joe Walker who plays quarterback for the University of Delaware had a solid performance in the team’s annual Blue-White Spring Game. Walker, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore, completed 10-of-20 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown. Walker threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to tight end Charles Scarff in the second quarter for the Blue team. The White (defense) secured a 53-29 win over the Blue (offense).
Florida hires Mountaineers football assistant Ja’Juan Seider
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida filled one of its two coaching vacancies Friday by officially hiring Ja'Juan Seider as an assistant.
Seider spent the last four years as West Virginia's running backs coach.
Temple focuses on local football standouts on National Signing Day
Temple head football coach Geoff Collins completed his first recruiting class with a focus on Philadelphia area football players. Collins made his mark by developing strong ties to the coaches and players in the Public and Catholic Leagues as well as the suburban schools.
“The big emphasis was Philadelphia and the surrounding counties,” Collins said. “Temple has become a national brand. The big thing with that we’ve done that with local players.”
No. 20 Florida promotes Shannon to defensive coordinator
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 20 Florida is sticking with Randy Shannon as its defensive play-caller.
Shannon was promoted to defensive coordinator Friday, assuming the role he held for the Gators' 30-3 victory against 21st-ranked Iowa in the Outback Bowl.
Shannon previously coached linebackers the last two seasons in Gainesville. He also served as associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator, although Geoff Collins called plays. Temple hired Collins as its head coach last month.
Temple seeks 11-win season in Military Bowl vs Wake Forest
No. 23 Temple (10-3, AAC) vs. Wake Forest (6-6, ACC), 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Temple, Wake Forest escape distractions at Military Bowl
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Playing in a bowl game is usually considered a reward for a successful season. For Temple and Wake Forest, the Military Bowl on Tuesday offers an additional bonus: a three-hour escape from off-the-field events that served as a distraction for each program.
No. 23 Temple (10-3) hasn't played since beating Navy 34-10 on Dec. 3 in the American Athletic Conference championship at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, site of the Military Bowl.