Temple Pennsylvania Sports

Temple University today confirmed it has abandoned seven sports in order to focus on its Olympic sports program. The school has discontinued its men's and women's basketball programs, women's and men's non-basketball programs, while women's softball and rowing programs, as well as football and baseball programs, are affected. All sports affected by Temple's decision are under the auspices of Temple's athletics department and the University of Pennsylvania's Office of Athletics and Recreation.

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Perhaps the most famous Quaker mascot belongs to the University of Pennsylvania, and Penn sports teams are nicknamed Quakers in honor of the religion adopted by William Penn, who founded Pennsylvania as a "Quaker province" in 1812. From high schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana, Penn Quake Wrestling goes back to its origins at Penn State University, where the first intercollegiate wrestling championships were held at the Weightman Hall Gym on the Penn campus of the university.

The team has participated in the NCAA tournament 14 times and won the NCAA championship in 1984 and 1988. The program has 17 NCAA tournament appearances and has 17 all-time appearances in that program, the largest of any team in Penn State history.

Temple Women's Basketball maintained Temple's reputation last season by winning its first championship for the second time in school history and the second time in Ivy League history.

For the first time in a generation, the Temple Owls finished in the top 10 in the American Athletics Conference regular season. In addition to winning the AAC Championship Game and a bowl-bound UConn game against the University of Connecticut, they also won 10 of 12 regular-season games, including a game in which they outscored their opponents by 10 or more points in waning minutes. The Owl's were rewarded with a 12-seed spot in the NCAA tournament and were paired with fifth-seeded Michigan State, which lost the game 72-61. Temple's NIT championship earned them national recognition, though it was not held until the following year.

In fact, Coach Blanche Voorhees led the Owl's basketball team to a perfect 12-0 record and also launched the field hockey program. Peacock drew national attention to his Temple program with his sprint victory in the 100-meter sprint at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and his connection to famed Ohio State and Olympic star Jesse Owens. Travis Mahoney became the school's all-time points leader in NCAA championships, finishing fifth and making the All-American team for the first time in his college career.

Because of improvements in Temple's football program, the school was invited to rejoin the Big East Conference. The realignment of the Episcopal Conference was driven by the need to gain prominence and revenue, especially through football, and Temple played the sport. The American Athletics Conference was renamed the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and in 2011 the American Football Conference. Temple Football became part of the conference for the first time since the early 1980s, but after the program improved and Peacock returned as head coach in 2012, it became the third-largest conference in college football when Temple returned to full membership. After Temple returned from the Big East in 2012 and joined American, the Big East split its football-sponsored American sports conference into two divisions in 2013: the East Division and the West Division.

In 2011-12, when Temple announced its entry into the Big East, the athletic budget jumped by $10 million to $39 million. The City of Philadelphia agreed to pay for the renovation of Temple's former boathouse, prompting Temple to immediately reintroduce rowing, a sport for both sexes, to the variety.

The university was founded by Quaker William Penn and has historical and religious ties to the Quakers. Princeton, Yale and Columbia joined Penn in creating teams that currently compete in the Ivy League, American Athletics Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference.

Temple was one of the first schools in the United States to introduce an owl as a symbol and mascot. The mascot of the sports team were the Fighting Quakers, until in the 1960s students were able to push the development of a new mascot, Freddy the Falcon. However, the university's sports teams have used the duck as a mascot and symbol since 1960 and remain known as fighting Quakers. If you don't know where you're from, you know your high school sports team as well as we do.

The Owls played in every NCAA championship year from 1983 to 1995 and never finished below fifth. In the 1988-89 season, MacDonald became the first Owls team to qualify for the NCAA tournament. The Owls' streak ended when they played in the first round of the NCAA Women's Division II tournament, but their streak didn't end until the 1994-95 season. Quotation required: "Owls" fencers, 1983 - 1995, "Temple University Press, p. 3, p. 3

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