Owls Earn Eighth Win of Year, Lose QB Coyer for 2 Weeks

Owls Earn Eighth Win of Year, Lose QB Coyer for 2 Weeks

The Temple University Owls closed their regular season schedule with 34-16 win over the Kent State Golden Flashes on Black Friday afternoon. The win—Temple's eighth of the season—puts the Owls squarely in the mix for an at-large invitation to a bowl game.

Should they receive an invite, quarterback Chris Coyer may need to heal quickly. Coyer—2-0 as a starter since taking over earlier this month—suffered an injury to his left arm during the first quarter against Kent State. Revealed after the game to be a "sprained shoulder," the sophomore will be out of action for the next two weeks.

With Coyer in the locker room, head coach Steve Addazio turned briefly to red-shirt junior Mike Gerardi, but ultimately settled on fifth-year quarterback Chester Stewart to lead the Temple offense.

Stewart, honored prior to the game as part of the team's Senior Day festivities, struggled in the first half, fumbling the ball three times and turning it over twice. Chester and the team would muddle their way through the opening 30 and find themselves up 10-6 at the break thanks to a 100-yard kick-off return by backup running back Matt Brown.

While Stewart would settle in and ultimately finish the contest 6-6 for 94 yards, it was, once again, Bernard Pierce who would carry the team in the second half. Bernard exploded for his sixth 3-TD game of 2011, running for 189 yards and an average of 7.9 earned per attempt.

Pierce's second half, undoubtedly as good as any half he's put together in his three years at Temple, was typically impressive, but uncharacteristically bittersweet. Each touch of the football carried with it the feeling that this could be the very last time Temple fans will see their all-time leader in rushing touchdowns in uniform at Lincoln Financial Field—well, at least as an Owl.

Though his future remains unknown, Bernard's immediate plans will be to join his teammates in the wait for a bowl invitation. A record of 8-4 left Temple as one of only two eligible teams who did not participate in a year-end bowl in 2010.

"There is no doubt Temple will be in a bowl game," said coach Addazio in his post-game press conference after running through his program's 2011 resume. "Anything else would be ridiculous."

"We're an unbelievably desirable team to a lot of bowls out there…if they care about good football."

Given the unfortunate realities of the college bowl system, that's one very big IF.

NFL to reopen investigation into Giants' Brown for domestic violence


NFL to reopen investigation into Giants' Brown for domestic violence

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The NFL is going to re-open its investigation of New York Giants placekicker Josh Brown after police released journal entries and emails in which he admitted that he verbally and physically abused his former wife.

The NFL issued a statement on Thursday saying the league's investigators made repeated verbal and written attempts to obtain any and all evidence and relevant information in the May 2015 case from the King County Sheriff's Office in Washington, but were denied.

The sheriff's office released the journals and emails late Wednesday to SportsNet New York.

The league said law enforcement's response limited its yearlong investigation of the domestic abuse incident that led to Brown's arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. No charges were filed against the 37-year-old player.

"We concluded our own investigation, more than a year after the initial incident, based on the facts and evidence available to us at the time and after making exhaustive attempts to obtain information in a timely fashion," the league said. "It is unfortunate that we did not have the benefit or knowledge of these materials at the time."

Brown, who was suspended by the NFL Brown for the opening game of the season for a violation of its personal conduct policy, practice on Thursday but he was not in the locker room afterward as the team prepared to leave for its game against the Los Angeles Rams in London on Sunday.

Tom Quinn, the Giants' special teams coach, said that Brown remains the Giants kicker. He said that any change in Brown's status would have to be made by someone above him.

That could be the league or the Giants, who have not issued a statement on the latest revelations.

"In light of the release of these documents yesterday, we will thoroughly review the additional information and determine next steps in the context of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy," the league said. "We will not be making any comments on potential discipline until that time."

Giants spokesman Corry Rush declined comment Thursday.

"I have physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a repulsive man," Brown wrote in one journal entry. "I have abused my wife."

The journal was part of was part of 165 pages of documents that were turned over to authorities by Brown's former wife, Molly, after his arrest. She had accused him of more than 20 instances of domestic violence.

One of the documents dated more than two years before Brown's arrest was called a "Contract for Change" and appeared to be signed by both the kicker and his former wife.

"I have controlled her by making her feel less human than me, and manipulated her with money," said one of the eight items in the list. "I have disregarded my stepsons' feelings and they have witnessed me abusing their mother."

In a 2013 email, Brown said he caused his wife to fear him.

"From the bruise on your leg when we argued ... to the zipper that caught you last April. I am ashamed and disgraced to call myself a husband," Brown said.

Brown is one of the top placekickers in the NFL. He scored a career-high 134 points last season. He has made 11 of 12 field goal attempts this season and all eight extra points.

Report: Sixers have shown interest in Timberwolves PG Tyus Jones

Report: Sixers have shown interest in Timberwolves PG Tyus Jones

With Ben Simmons and Jerryd Bayless hurt, the Sixers are still lacking a distributor, and so it makes sense that they've been in contact with the point guard-rich Timberwolves.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Sixers and New Orleans Pelicans have shown interest in T'wolves backup point guard Tyus Jones. 

With fifth overall pick Kris Dunn and Ricky Rubio, Minnesota is set at PG. Jones, 20, is third on the totem pole a year after being drafted 24th overall. 

According to Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves are more inclined to trade Jones than Rubio. 

Jones has a connection to the Sixers in Jahlil Okafor, a former teammate at Duke. Both were one-and-dones for the 2014-15 National Championship team. Jones averaged 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists for the Blue Devils. 

He played sparingly as a rookie last season with Minnesota (37 games), averaging 4.2 points and 2.9 assists in 15.5 minutes, but stood out this summer, winning Las Vegas Summer League MVP.

T.J. McConnell has started the majority of the preseason at point guard for the Sixers. Sergio Rodriguez got the nod in the last game against the Pistons. Brett Brown is also looking at Nik Stauskas to fill the spot in a non-traditional role.