June 6, 2012

ATLANTIC 10 101: TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

The Quick Facts

Location
Philadelphia, Penn.

Founded
1888

Enrollment
37,696

Nickname
Owls

Colors
Cherry, Black and White

A-10 Member Since
1982

President
Dr. Ann Weaver Hart
(University of Utah)

Athletics Director
Bill Bradshaw
(LaSalle)

University Homepage
Temple.edu

Tmple Athletics Homepage
owlsports.com

Distance from Siegel Center- 4 hours and 40 minutes (by bus), about a one hour flight

Athletics- Temple fields 22 varsity athletic sports. The Owls field teams in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, crew, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s fencing, field hockey, football, men’s golf, men’s and women’s gymnastics, women’s lacrosse,  women’s rowing, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and volleyball.

Fun Facts-

  • Temple will move to the Big East following the 2012-13 athletic year, but their football program will start competition this coming season.
  • The University was founded 1888 by Dr. Russell Conwell, a Boston educated minister who fought in the American Civil War
  • Temple is one of the current five public institutions in the Atlantic 10
  • With 37,696 students, it is also the largest university in terms of population in the Atlantic 10
  • Temple has two abroad campuses, one is in Tokyo, Japan and the other is in Rome, Italy. The university also offers programs in Oviedo, Spain, London, United Kingdom, and Singapore.
  • There are over 260,000 living Temple alumni in all 50 states and in 145 countries
  • Temple adopted the owl mascot from its beginning in 1888. They were the first university in the country to use an owl, and did so because the school started as a night school, for students who were eager to learn, but didn’t have the means.
  • Temple was the first university to offer extracurricular activities for their students starting in 1894 with the football and basketball.
  • Temple basketball won the inaugural NIT, by beating Colorado 60-36 in 1938. This was the year before the NCAA Tournament started
  • Temple also has Final Four appearances in 1956 and 1958
  • Temple’s baseball program has made two appearances in the College World Series, and plays its home games in Ambler, a suburb of Philadelphia.

Notable Alumni-

  • Bill Cosby, actor, comedian, author
  • Tony Bruno, sports radio host
  • Bob Saget, actor
  • Daryl Hall and John Oates, musicians
  • Bobby Higginson, MLB (Detroit Tigers)
  • Steve Javie, NBA referee
  • Eddie Jones, NBA player
  • Aaron McKie, NBA player
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