Temple bringing Chaney back after St. Joe's episode

Updated: March 22, 2005, 2:26 PM ET
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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.

John Chaney
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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."

Active D-I coaches with 700 wins
Coach, current school Wins
Bob Knight, Texas Tech 854
Eddie Sutton, Oklahoma State 781
Lute Olson, Arizona 739
John Chaney, Temple 724
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke 721
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse 703
Jim Calhoun, Connecticut 703

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.

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