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.

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. 

Former La Salle great Donnie Carr returns to alma mater as assistant coach

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Former La Salle great Donnie Carr returns to alma mater as assistant coach

A former La Salle great and Big 5 Hall of Famer is being added to the Explorers' coaching staff.

Head coach John Giannini on Tuesday announced that Donnie Carr would be returning to the program as an assistant coach. Carr, who played four seasons at La Salle from 1996-2000, is one of just six players in program history with over 2,000 career points. 

"Donnie is a La Salle and Big 5 Hall of Famer who has paid his dues in coaching while getting valuable experience and making great contacts," Giannini said in a statement. "He has assisted at the small college level, the Division I level and the highest level of AAU competition. Our relationship has grown over the years and he is the perfect person for our staff at this time. Whether it is in mentoring, skill development or recruiting, he will make our players and program better."

After racking up over 1,000 points in his career at Roman Catholic High School, Carr moved a few miles north up Broad Street and continued to fill it up on Olney Avenue. In four seasons with the Explorers, Carr compiled 2,067 total points and career average of 19.7 points per game.

In addition to being named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in his first season as an Explorer, Carr landed on first team All-Big 5 in each of his four collegiate seasons. 

"Since March 8, 2000, when I played my last game at La Salle in the A-10 Tournament, I have always dreamed of one day getting an opportunity to coach at my alma mater," Carr said. "This is a dream come true, and I'm ready to hit the ground running for our program."

Injuries cut short Carr's professional playing career overseas, which included stops in Turkey and France.

His prior coaching resume includes different stops as an assistant coach at Holy Family University, The Haverford School and Roman Catholic, as well as a two-year stint at Hartford as a coordinator for player devolopment. Carr had recently been named the head basketball coach at Girard College before coming aboard as an assistant coach at La Salle. 

"I'm blessed, honored and thankful for the opportunity that Coach Giannini has entrusted me with," Carr said. "I have always supported Coach Giannini and have the utmost respect and admiration for him. To be given an opportunity to learn from him and the other coaches on the staff is priceless."