Temple hires Penn's Dunphy to replace Chaney

Updated: April 10, 2006, 8:19 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Fran Dunphy pointed to the spot where he listened to John Chaney's rambling, rollicking farewell speech four weeks ago, then made his first promise as Temple's new basketball coach:

AP Photo/Bradley C BoweNew Temple coach Fran Dunphy, who arrives after 17 seasons at Penn, is the first person to coach two Big 5 schools.

"I will not talk as long," Dunphy said Monday, smiling and standing at that same podium.

And Temple is counting on another transformation: the Owls becoming NCAA Tournament regulars again.

"I'd be delighted if we could get a lot more of those opportunities now that I'm at Penn -- sorry, Temple," Dunphy, 57, said. "First of many times, probably."

Dunphy can be excused for the slip. After all, he won 10 Ivy League championships, three Big 5 titles and went 310-163 in 17 seasons at Penn. His 191 Ivy wins put him second on the career list.

Now, Dunphy will try to win games with scholarship players, and in the Atlantic 10 instead of the Ivy League. And he'll do it with Chaney's blessing.

Lowest Winning Percentages
in NCAA Tournament History*
Coach Pct. School
Fran Dunphy .100 (1-9) Penn
Everett Shelton .250 (4-12) Wyoming
Pete Carril .267 (4-11) Princeton
James Snyder .273 (3-8) Ohio
Charlie Spoonhour .273 (3-8) SW Missouri St./Saint Louis
*At least 10 appearances
Source: Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.

"I will meet with him whenever he desires," Chaney said. "He made some nice overtures to me that he wanted my support and I'm going to support him."

Chaney, 74, retired last month after guiding Temple to 17 NCAA Tournament appearances in 24 seasons. Dunphy inherits a Temple program that went 17-15 this season and has dipped this decade, playing in five straight NITs.

The Owls have only had four other coaches since 1942, and two are in the Hall of Fame.

Dunphy's connection to Philadelphia basketball stretches back more than 35 years. He started at La Salle where he was a co-captain and helped the Explorers to a 23-1 record in 1969 under coach Tom Gola. Dunphy considered returning to La Salle two years ago after the program was rocked by a rape scandal before deciding to stay at Penn.

"Things change in a two-year period of time," Dunphy said.

Penn has won the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament nine times since the 1992-93 season. This season, the Quakers lost to Texas in the first round.

"We would have liked to have won more, but I thought we had great opportunities during those years," Dunphy said.

Hired as coach in 1989 after one season as an assistant under Tom Schneider, Dunphy had losing seasons his first two years at Penn before leading it to a 16-10 mark in 1991-92. That started a run of Ivy League dominance that included the last two conference titles, four of the last five, six of the last eight and 10 of the last 14.

Dunphy, who earned a master's degree at Villanova, is the first person to coach two Big 5 teams.

"This is a wonderful opportunity and now it's up to me to seize it and surround myself with some pretty good guys," Dunphy said.

He hasn't decided about his assistants, though he would consider members of the Penn and Temple staffs. Mark Macon, perhaps Temple's greatest player, is a third-year assistant and wants to stay with the program.

"I'm a Temple alum, am loyal to Temple, but this is business," Macon said.

Dunphy was considered the top candidate almost immediately after Chaney stepped down. Each day brought another rumor that Dunphy would finally be offered the job.

It's all his now.

"I absolutely enjoyed playing for him," Penn guard Eric Osmundson said. "He demands perfection, as all good coaches do."


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