ESPN College GameDay Is Coming to the Palestra for Temple-La Salle on Jan. 18

ESPN College GameDay Is Coming to the Palestra for Temple-La Salle on Jan. 18

Get your mascot heads (and other team-affiliated items) ready.

After rumors started to float last week, it was made official Wednesday morning that ESPN's College GameDay pregame show will be coming to Philadelphia on Jan. 18 when Temple and La Salle meet at the Palestra.

Rece Davis, Jay Bilas (who will have taken down the NCAA's regular website by then), Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose start at 10 a.m.

The game tips off at Noon, and will conclude something ESPN is calling the "My Home Court" initiative, which aims to celebrate great college venues.

Then there's this little scheduling note:

In addition to this year's La Salle-Temple game being played at The Palestra, both schools agreed that the 2014-15 edition will also be played at The Palestra. La Salle will be the home team this season with Temple hosting in 2014-15. The schools agreed to bring the game to The Palestra for two straight seasons for the opportunity to bring ESPN GameDay to Philadelphia.

Temple and La Salle haven't played at the Palestra since January 1989 -- that's a span of time older than all the kids who will packing the student section. Speaking of which, tickets for the game will be evenly distributed between the schools, as will the space behind the Gameday set, so we can all hold up outlandish signs with the hopes of getting a screencap on Deadspin.

Update: From Penn basketball ...


"This is a great opportunity to showcase Temple Basketball and the Philadelphia Big 5 to a national television audience," said Temple men's basketball coach Fran Dunphy. "It is a win-win for the city, as well as for both programs."


"All college basketball fans watch College GameDay," La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini said. "It's a great honor and opportunity to be chosen from all the nation's games to have ESPN's coverage.

"The nation will see a great game in the most historic building in all of college basketball between two strong and tradition-rich rivals. It will also show fans everywhere the unmatched uniqueness of Philadelphia Big5 basketball."

Quick, somebody organize a postgame party and invite Jalen Rose. Afterwards, we'll all go try to find Spencer Hawes' TV.

I know Lee Corso isn't on the basketball version of the program, but right now seems as good a time as any for these:

>>Temple release
>>La Salle release

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

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Temple picked to finish 6th in AAC preseason poll

This is starting to become a trend. One Temple hopes to continue to prove wrong.

For the third straight year, Temple was chosen to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll. The poll, which was released on Monday, is voted on by the conference's head coaches.

Also selected to finish sixth last season, the Owls posted a 21-12 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the AAC to reach the NCAA Tournament. In 2014-15, TU tied for third in the AAC with a 13-5 record and was one of the last teams left out of the Big Dance.

Cincinnati was tabbed to win the American title in the poll, just ahead of UConn.

Temple, who returns three starters from last season's team, opens the 2016-17 campaign against city rival La Salle at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 11.