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Temple Suspends Chaney for Rest of Season

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA - John Chaney was suspended for the rest of the regular season by Temple on Friday for ordering rough play by one of his players, who proceeded to foul out in 4 minutes against Saint Joseph's and broke an opponent's arm.

The Hall of Fame coach had suspended himself for one game Wednesday and apologized for his actions. He will miss Temple's home game against Massachusetts on Saturday and road games against Rhode Island and La Salle, before returning for the Atlantic 10 tournament.

"I think my behavior is reprehensible and, as I've said 1,000 times, I take responsibility," Chaney told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "If it's the judgment of the school to suspend me, I can accept the responsibility of my actions."

Temple president David Adamany announced the suspension in a statement.

"I have advised coach Chaney of this decision and coach Chaney has again expressed his deepest regrets for his actions," Adamany said.

Chaney, angered by what he thought were illegal screens by Saint Joseph's, put in seldom-used 6-foot-8, 250 pound Nehemiah Ingram against the Hawks on Tuesday to "send a message." Ingram fouled forward John Bryant hard, sending him sprawling to the ground and breaking his arm. Bryant will likely miss the rest of the season.

Chaney said he called Bryant on Friday morning to apologize and also said he planned to talk to his parents. Chaney also offered to pay for any of Bryant's medical bills.

"I feel very contrite about John Bryant," Chaney said.

Saint Joseph's was traveling to Massachusetts and was not immediately available for comment.

Chaney's only other suspension came in 1994, when Temple suspended him for one game after he threatened then-Massachusetts coach John Calipari during a postgame news conference.

Chaney said he did not regret describing Ingram as a "goon" after the game because he said the term had been used to describe his team the last time they play Saint Joseph's.

"It was just a word that was reverberating throughout my head," Chaney said.

The Hall of Famer has a 721-294 record in 33 seasons. He said he hasn't decided how this black mark will affect his decision about whether to return for another season.

"I've had a reputation for many years, I've done many things wrong and made a lot of mistakes," Chaney said. "My name is a lightning rod. Right now, I'll just take inventory of myself."

Yahoo!

Damn, I've heard of sending out goons in hockey but I can't remember the last time I heard of sending out a goon in basketball :blink: And it's kinda lame that they suspend him for three lousy regular season games and he's back for the A-10 tournament. I know he's an icon, but come on.

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LOL.. when I first read this story, I was like, who disciplines themselves?

As it turns out, there was more to the story. Chaney has always been a little rough around the edges. Remember that time he challenged John Calipari to a fight in a post-game press conference. He yelled, "I'll kick your ass!" :lol:

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I was talking to a guy very knowledgeable about St Joes basketball today. The goon Chaney put in knocked 2 SJU players to the floor before leveling the last kid. While the kid was lying on the court Temple fans had the graciousness to spit on him. Chaney has created a very toxic atmosphere there.

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Idiot

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I was talking to a guy very knowledgeable about St Joes basketball today. The goon Chaney put in knocked 2 SJU players to the floor before leveling the last kid. While the kid was lying on the court Temple fans had the graciousness to spit on him.  Chaney has created a very toxic atmosphere there.

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Welcome to Philly. :) When I went to a Drexel basketball game it kind of reminded me of Flyers fans and not to mention after each of the other team's players were announced everyone (including my English professor...) yells "SUCKS"

lol

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Welcome to Philly. :) When I went to a Drexel basketball game it kind of reminded me of Flyers fans and not to mention after each of the other team's players were announced everyone (including my English professor...) yells "SUCKS"

lol

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Eh thats not a philly thing, thats a college thing. Most schools will do that.

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