Dunphy’s Penn State comment ‘misinterpreted,’ spokesman says

Coach Fran Dunphy reacts to a call from the bench during Temple's 75-72 overtime loss to Memphis on Jan. 13 at the Liacouras Center. | SYDNEY SCHAEFER / FILE PHOTO

A comment coach Fran Dunphy made on Sunday caused a stir on social media.

In a conference call following the announcement of Temple’s National Invitation Tournament matchup against Penn State on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania, Dunphy said the Nittany Lions and coach Pat Chambers made a “special move” to recruit players from the Philadelphia area.

Penn State has seven players who went to high school in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Four of them went to Roman Catholic High School at Broad and Vine streets. Three of the Nittany Lions’ top four scorers went to Roman Catholic.

Lions 247, a website that covers Penn State men’s basketball, football and recruiting took it as Dunphy taking a shot at Chambers.

“Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy may have provided Penn State with some extra motivation ahead of a first round NIT matchup between the schools on Wednesday,” Jordan James wrote on Monday. “In an interview on Sunday, Dunphy seemed to take a shot at the recruiting practices of Nittany Lions head coach Patrick Chambers, who has a plethora of players from the Philadelphia area on his roster.”

But it wasn’t Dunphy’s intention to take a shot at Chambers or the way Penn State recruits, according to a team spokesman. The spokesman added Dunphy’s words were misinterpreted by many on social media.

Dunphy said through the university spokesperson that Penn State deserves a lot of credit for the way they have recruited the Philadelphia area.

Temple and Penn State have faced off against each other 92 times. The Owls lead the all-time series 60-32. The winner of Wednesday’s game will advance to face either the University of Notre Dame or Hampton University.

Tom Ignudo
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4 Comments

  1. I remember the days when I would be like a fat kid sitting in front of a piece of chocolate cake for Temple Basketball. But never this mess.

    Dunphy needs to go and Temple needs someone not connect to Philly or the Big Five or the Catholic League. We need an outsider to rebuild this program.

    This is a joke.

  2. Dunphy can coach but you have to recruit!! TIMES UP HE’S GOTTA GO!! T.U. Buy him out do what you always do raised the tuition!

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