NCAA Basketball: Temple's Date For The Big Dance Not So Pretty

Judy DavidsonCorrespondent IMarch 15, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 12:  Comedian Bill Cosby greets Temple women's basketball coach Dawn Staley at Temple University's Liacouras Center for the world premiere of 'Fat Albert' December 12, 2004 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The film, based on Bill Cosby's 'Fat Albert' cartoon series of the 70's, opens nationwide Christmas day. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
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I admit it...I am a Temple alum (PSU and UofP as well).   I have no problem with the other two but when I say I went to Temple, I shudder.  I get no respect for that piece of paper and apparently no one gets respect at Temple, not even one fantastic basketball team.  Seriously folks, I love Jay Wright and Nova but their 2 seed was a joke.  Temple wins a division and their last 10 games and gets a 5?  Jay Wright was doing his best humina-humina when asked last night if he felt his team deserved the 2nd spot in the South.  He said it is respect for the team's performances all through the season and respect for the program.  Great...then out of respect put in UConn, a horrible team, that in this case deserves a 15 seed just out of respect!

I have been hanging my head for over 30 years when I say Temple.  One bright sport was always basketball with coach Cheney, who I actually got to know once I graduated.  Cheney and Dunphy are class acts.  They hold Temple athletes to a high standard.  The saddest part of this story is that when I went to find a photo of the 2010 B'ball team on this site, there was none.  We will hose Cornell in round 1 and go on to do great things in the tournament but we will always be a penny short and a day late in the eyes of the powers that be in NCAA sports.

Do I think Temple will become the prom king?  No!  Do I think they will be in the running (Elite Eight) yuppers!  Will Nova do better than Temple?  I have friends who are choosing them to go for the gold and other knocking them out after the 1st round. SE PA is so accustomed to rooting for the Wildcats that it is second nature.  We are not people that usually root for Temple. 

We think of Temple as home of Bill Cosby (who attended with my uncle way back when). Seems even sports sites consider this the greatest accomplishment of Temple University.  This year we had a football team make it to a bowl game and basketball team make it to the Big Dance.  Yet ...We Get No Respect (as in #5?)  Guess it is time for me to show respect, hold my head high and proudly say I am a Temple University Graduate!