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Temple bringing Chaney back after St. Joe's episode

PHILADELPHIA -- John Chaney will return to coach Temple for
another season, ending speculation about the Hall of Famer's future
after a tumultuous conclusion to the season.

The 73-year-old Chaney was suspended for five games last month
for ordering rough play by one of his players, who broke an
opponent's arm.

"This is just a reaffirmation of an agreement between Temple
and John Chaney," athletic director Bill Bradshaw told The
Associated Press in a phone interview Monday night. "There really
wasn't anything different about this at all. There wasn't an
earthshaking event or meeting."

Chaney has a 724-297 career record in a Hall of Fame career.
Among active coaches, only Bob Knight, Eddie Sutton and Lute Olson
have more victories.

Bradshaw said the university and Chaney would meet next fall to
decide if Chaney wants to return for the 2006-07 season.

"Today was more important as a response to the media and the
many questions more than it was about any internal evaluation,"
Bradshaw said. "I would say it's the status quo."

Angered by what he thought were illegal screens by Saint
Joseph's, Chaney inserted seldom-used, 6-foot-8, 250-pound Nehemiah Ingram against the Hawks on a Feb. 22 game to "send a message."
Ingram -- whom Chaney called a "goon" -- fouled Hawks senior John Bryant hard. Bryant slammed to the floor and broke his arm.

Chaney apologized and returned to coach the Owls in the NIT.

The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported the school's decision
to stick with Chaney on the newspaper's Web site Monday night.

When reached at his home Monday night, Chaney declined to
discuss his return for a 24th season.

"I'm not interested in talking to the media," Chaney said. "I
have no comment."

Saint Joseph's declined comment when contacted by ESPN.com late Monday night.

Chaney originally self-imposed a one-game suspension the day
after the St. Joe's game. The school extended the suspension to the
rest of the season when it was learned Bryant broke his arm. Chaney
then extended the suspension to the Atlantic 10 tournament.
Assistant Dan Liebovitz coached in Chaney's place.

Chaney apologized to Bryant and his parents and offered to pay
for any medical bills. Bryant has returned to play for the Hawks.

"It's difficult to believe there are any other chapters to
this," Bradshaw said. "This hasn't been under-chronicled in any
way."

Chaney, who won a Division II title in 10 seasons at Cheyney
State, took the Owls to 17 NCAA tournaments from 1984 to 2001. But
the Owls finished 16-14 this season and played in their fourth
straight NIT.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.