Philadelphia Temple Owls
The Temple Owls finished third for the first time in a generation this season, finishing the 2015 regular season 10-3. Temple University's football team spent the moment nationally as if it had happened for generations, but that was not the case.
Temple Women's Basketball confirmed Temple's reputation as a track and field team by winning the American Athletics Conference regular season and NIT championships for only the second time in school history. The Owls won 10 of 12 regular-season games, including a game-winner in the final minutes against Temple University in a win that won the AAC Championship Game and a bowl - tied UConn, and were rewarded with a 12-seed in the NCAA tournament. Despite the 72-61 loss, the Owls were paired with fifth-seeded Michigan State. Temple's N IT Championship also earned them national recognition, although it was not held until the following year.
Temple's field hockey team reached the top 10 of the American Athletics Conference for the first time in school history, producing 24 All-American players.
The Owls won their conference title - and clinched their 13th title and climbed into the top 10 for the first time in school history on January 27, 1985. A year later, on February 6, 1986, they won the American Athletics Conference title, their first since 1984, while on December 23, they made their second NCAA tournament appearance, a 1-0 victory over the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (N.C.).
The City of Philadelphia agreed to pay for the renovation of Temple's former boathouse, prompting Temple to immediately reintroduce rowing - a sport for both sexes - to the variety.
In 1952, an Eagles team did indeed try to buy the stadium, but Temple University's price was too high for the team to afford it. Two years later, the league granted a Philadelphia-area franchise to a new team called the Eagles. Their home games were played at Phillies' Stadium, which was just blocks from Temple's new home. When Temple returned to full membership and joined the Americans, the Big East had split into two conferences - the Atlantic Coast Conference and the American Athletics Conference, which both funded football.
Until November 2020, the mascot can be a member of Temple Owls football team and Temple basketball team. The Eagles, Eagles Fightin 'Eagles and Eagles Fighting Irish, to name a few.
Teams playing at Temple Stadium include the Temple Owls Football Team, Temple Basketball Team and Temple Men's and Women's Basketball Teams, and the University of Pennsylvania Eagles.
The owl, a nocturnal hunter, was adopted as a symbol when Temple University began in 1881 as the University of Pennsylvania, the first public university in the United States. The mascots of the sports teams were the Fighting Quakers until in the 1960s students were able to push the development of a new mascot, Freddy the Falcon. Temple was one of the first schools in the United States to introduce the owl as a symbol and mascot. A nocturnal bird was a fitting symbol, as Temple began its night school and university founder Russell Conwell is said to have told students that owls make eagles at night.
In the 1988-89 season, MacDonald became the first Owls team to qualify for the NCAA tournament. At the time, the Shockers had knocked them out in the quarterfinals of the last two AAC tournaments. A semifinal was possible because they were seeded third, but this time they were eliminated by the Wichita State Shockers of the American Athletics Conference (AAC) and the Kansas State Wildcats.
American Era, the Shockers were 3-2, but Temple won two of the three regular-season games, including the only other meeting in Philadelphia. Second-seeded WSU was playing first-round NBA draft pick Landry Fields, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard. On offense, the Owls hit 35.0% from the floor, which earned them the 353rd spot in college basketball. Their opponents hit only 37.5% of their three-point attempts and only 29.2% in the second half.
Temple's basketball team entered the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Temple Stadium has hosted professional sports for more than 30 years and hosts no fewer than 263 home games for the Owls, including the first-ever Temple Football game against the New York Giants in 2010. As well as 20,000 roaring fans, it has been home to the football team for the past four years.
In fact, Coach Blanche Voorhees led the Owl's basketball team to a perfect 12-0 record this year and also launched the field hockey program. The Owls' streak ended last year when they entered an NCAA tournament for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Philadelphia has not had a team in the National Football League since the Frankford Yellow Jackets left for the NFL after eight seasons in 1931.
Perhaps the most famous Quaker mascot belongs to the University of Pennsylvania, but Penn Quaker Wrestling dates back to high schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana, where the first intercollegiate wrestling championships were held at the Weightman Hall Gym, located on the university's Penn campus. Owls fans cheer on their team at the 34,000-seat Temple Stadium, ending the school's long-standing rivalry with the National Football League's (NFL) Philadelphia Eagles. Since 1928, Owl and Temple University has had a new home stadium at Temple - Temple Center, a tenement building located three blocks from the Temple's main campus and with a capacity of 1,500. USA, followed by Temple, University and Japan campus and then Temple City Stadium in Philadelphia.