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Tyler Matakevich leads 7 Owls named to all-AAC 1st team

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Tyler Matakevich leads 7 Owls named to all-AAC 1st team

A Temple football season full of accolades added a few more on Wednesday.

Led by star senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich, seven Owls earned first-team all-American Athletic Conference honors. No team in the conference had more players named.

Matakevich, who was also named the AAC Defensive Player of the Year, was a unanimous first-team selection, and it’s easy to see why. He’s tied for 13th in the nation with 118 total tackles, tied for 13th with five interceptions and was named the conference’s defensive player of the week four times. He also recently became the seventh player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to record 100 or more tackles in each of his four collegiate seasons.

In a release, Matakevich said, “It's quite an honor. I said it before and it's no different now. I'm able to make plays because my coaches put me in the right position and my teammates take on blockers to free me up. I'm prouder that Temple had more all-conference selections than any single award I have received."

Other defenders to earn first-team honors included seniors defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, defensive end Nate D. Smith and safety Alex Wells.

Junior running back Jahad Thomas led the way among the three offensive first-team selections.

Thomas has been the workhorse of the Owls’ offensive attack this year with 1,188 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns, both of which rank second in the conference. He also has a receiving touchdown and kickoff return touchdown to bring his season total to 19 touchdowns.

Seniors center Kyle Friend and right tackle Eric Lofton were the other two Owls named to the first team.

In addition, junior left tackle Dion Dawkins and sophomore defensive back Sean Chandler earned all-conference second-team honors while redshirt junior defensive end Hasson Reddick was an all-conference honorable selection.

All told, 10 Owls received all-conference honors.

The No. 22 Owls (10-2) will try to add another accolade in the form of the AAC championship when they travel to Houston on Saturday to face the No. 19 Cougars (11-1) in the inaugural conference title game. Kickoff is slated for noon.

Michael Vick facing growing outcry against planned induction into Virginia Tech HOF

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Michael Vick facing growing outcry against planned induction into Virginia Tech HOF

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Public opposition is growing against the planned induction of former football star Michael Vick into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame.

The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that two online petitions at change.org had received more than 90,000 combined signatures against the September induction. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has also announced its opposition.

The university in Blacksburg has continued to defend its recent decision, noting that some believe Vick is the greatest athlete in school history.

Vick served 19 months in federal prison on 2007 dogfighting convictions. He was a top contender for the 1999 Heisman Trophy after leading the Hokies through an undefeated regular season and to a spot in the national championship game. He went on to play professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

Doug Overton pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in indecent exposure case

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Doug Overton pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in indecent exposure case

Former 76er and La Salle basketball star Doug Overton pleaded guilty to three counts of disorderly conduct Wednesday, stemming from an April 30 incident on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.

Overton, 47, was arrested for exposing himself to both men and women while on the trail in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, on April 30, per the police.

Overton, the head basketball coach at Divison II Lincoln University, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to participate in a psycho-sexual evaluation.

As part of a plea deal, three counts of indecent exposure were dropped. 

“He admitted on the record that his behavior was offensive and obscene, it was obscene behavior and that other people that were there in the park that day enjoying a public area with their families, that they observed that and it was offensive and obscene to them,” Assistant District Attorney Brianna Ringwood told the Main Line Times. “He admitted to engaging in behavior that was obscene and offensive.”

The Big 5 Hall of Famer played 11 NBA seasons, including parts of three with the Sixers.