Fran Dunphy Shaves his Mustache in Honor of Dionte Christmas Now with Video

Fran Dunphy Shaves his Mustache in Honor of Dionte Christmas Now with Video

For the first time in forty years, Fran Dunphy is now without a mustache.

With only the assistance of a white towel, a mug of hot water and a small make-up mirror, the Temple basketball coach took a disposable razor to his legendary lip fur before a crowd of on-lookers in the basement of the Liacouras Center Thursday morning.

Athletic director Bill Bradhaw, associate athletic director Larry Dougherty and former Temple standouts Mark Tyndale and Dionte Christmas were all on hand to witness the event.

But the real story, as the coach reiterated so many times during his press conference, and the reason any of us were present in the first place, centers on the accomplishments of Mr. Christmas.

The story of the mustache and pictures of Dunphy in action after the jump...

In the spring of 2009, Christmas completed his final year of basketball eligibility and was set to move onto his professional playing career just three credits short of graduation.

As a means of motivation for the 6-6 swingman to come back and finish what he started, Dunphy promised Christmas that in the event Dionte earned his degree, Fran would shave his mustache.

Two years later in the Summer of 2011, Christmas completed a course to earn his final three credits and graduate from Temple with a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies. He is just the second member of his family to receive a college diploma.

His coach could not be more proud.

"I know that everybody's here because I'm shaving my mustache," said Dunphy, with Christmas seated beside him. "But the bigger story is that this young man has graduated from Temple University."

When it came time for the talking to stop and the shaving to begin, Dionte quickly revealed an iPad on which he took video of the event.

Pausing halfway through the process to remark on the absurdity of so many people showing up just to watch him shave, Dunphy quipped, "This is about the wackiest thing...," before trailing off to finish the job.

Fielding questions with his now clean-shaven upper lip, Dunphy revealed that he had been keeping the mustache since 1971, while a member of the Army.

If you think it's weird seeing the coach without his trademark mustache—or "muzzy," as he referred to it—imagine what this evening will be like for his wife. In all the time they have known each other and been married, she has never seen her husband without a mustache.

"My family has never seen me without it. My wife never has. And, uh, I don't know...she wasn't all that fired up," Dunphy laughed.

The coach remained non-committal after the event on whether or not he would re-grow the mustache. Sources inside Temple think "Muzzy's" return is pretty much a lock.

So, get a look these pictures while you can. We'll post Dionte's video in the event we can get our hands on it.

UPDATE: We don't have anything from Dionte, but we do have this video courtesy 20/20 Visual Media on Vimeo. Pictures from the event can be found below the footage.

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The Stache Is Stashed - Fran Dunphy Shaves Mustache from 20/20 Visual Media on Vimeo.

Photo at top courtesy Mitchell Leff / Temple University. Pictures at bottom courtesy Nick Menta / The700Level.com

Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny stick around as Flyers send 10 to Phantoms

Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny stick around as Flyers send 10 to Phantoms

Travis Sanheim, Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny are still alive.

The Flyers reduced their roster to 39 players on Thursday, assigning 10 players to the Phantoms for their separate training camp, which opens on Friday in Lehigh Valley.

There were no major surprises among today’s cuts.

Goaltenders Anthony Stolarz and Alex Lyon, both of whom were outstanding during exhibition play, report to the Phantoms as the No. 1 and No. 2 candidates in net.

Stolarz had a 1.36 goals against average and .944 save percentage in 88 minutes of game action. Lyon had a 0.67 GAA and .972 save percentage in 90 minutes of playing time.

Together, they teamed up for the 2-0 victory on Wednesday against the Devils (see 10 observations).

Also assigned were defenseman Robert Hagg and Reece Wilcox, plus forwards Radel Fazleev, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Tyrell Goulbourne, Corban Knight, Danick Martel and Mark Zengerle.

After four games in three nights, the entire camp roster had a complete off-day on Thursday.

Sanheim and Provorov have stood out on defense with the latter virtually certain to make the team.

Konecny was very impressive in exhibition play on Wednesday (see story), and will be given a long leash in camp because of the competition at forward.

Both he and Provorov are just 19 and can only go back to junior if they don’t make the final cut with the Flyers.

Schultz injury
Wednesday’s announcement that veteran defenseman Nick Schultz would miss 4-7 days with a lower body injury — a minor MCL sprain of the knee, according to sources — means extra opportunity for several younger defensemen.

Remember, Radko Gudas still is not 100 percent, but getting close to it with his right wrist (fracture). The two benefactors here could be Sanheim and Sam Morin. Provorov was going to be around until the very end, anyway.

The Flyers have four preseason games remaining. Schultz is expected to return for at least one of the final two games.

Inside Golf
The weekly 30-minute segment will feature the Flyers Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation when it airs on CSN on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m.

Harry Donahue visited Trump National Golf Course in Pine Hill, NJ earlier this month to catch up with the Flyers. Others on hand are Mark Messier and ESYHF President Scott Tharp, plus Snider Hockey Chairman of the Board Bill Whitmore to learn about Snider Hockey.

The event raised over $1.6 million. You can catch the broadcast on CSN on Oct. 3 and Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. It will also air on TCN on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 3 at 5 p.m.

Nerlens Noel thinks he and Ben Simmons can be a lockdown defensive duo

Nerlens Noel thinks he and Ben Simmons can be a lockdown defensive duo

GALLOWAY, N.J. — The Sixers' abundance of big men lends itself to numerous combinations in the frontcourt.

On Thursday, Nerlens Noel had his first experience playing with Ben Simmons. The center gelled with the rookie forward.

"It's a great duo, I think," Noel said following the morning practice session of training camp at Stockton University.

Noel has been paired with many big men during his career with the Sixers. Last season, he faced the challenge of playing out of position at times with Jahlil Okafor. The logjam prompted him to speak out about the current makeup of the roster (see story).

After playing with Simmons, Noel saw how the two can share the court.

"I think we complement each other very well, especially on the defensive end," Noel said. "He's definitely a lockdown type defender that digs in."

Even though Simmons has yet to play an NBA game, Noel already envisions how he can help the Sixers.

"He just plays basketball the right way," Noel said. "When your big man does that, it makes it a lot easier because he is very versatile being a point-forward type. That opens up a lot of things for him to be able to open up for his teammates."