Chaney wins 500th game at Temple
With the game in hand and under a minute remaining in the Nov. 15 NIT season tip-off against Army, the jam-packed Temple student section saluted its Hall of Fame head coach John Chaney in unison by holding up signs commemorating his 500th victory at the University.
But in reality, the game was decided soon after the teams hit the court.
The Owls coasted to a 69-37 season-opening win over the visiting Black Knights and rewarded Chaney with yet another milestone in his illustrious career.
“For me, it’s just a lot of memories,” Chaney said.
“Looking at someone like Mark Macon, who helped get me started here many years ago, it makes you get a little melancholy when you see people who are still around working with you. That perhaps, is more important than anything else.”
The 73-year old, who owns a 725-297 overall record over 34 years of coaching, is the only Division I coach in Philadelphia’s storied college basketball history to record 500 victories at one school.
Herb Magee, at Division II Philadelphia University (formerly Philadelphia Textile), owns 793 wins at the school.
Chaney also passed former DePaul coach Ray Meyer and is now alone in 14th place all-time with 725 career wins.
Next up is Missouri’s Norm Stewart with 728 total victories.
“I know Ray and never thought about passing him,” Chaney said. “I don’t think you give it too much thought. When you start thinking about reaching those milestones, you fail the kids. That should be your most important concern, the kids you are working with.”
Since the Army game, the Owls have suffered a defeat at UCLA on Nov. 17, and beat Miami at home on Nov. 27.
The Nov. 30 contest at Rutgers was undecided as of press time.
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