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February 9, 1988 | ROBYN NORWOOD, Times Staff Writer
On game days, John Chaney likes to stop off at the nearest mall and shop. "Got to see what the rich folks are up to," he says. Some days he just browses, buys a card or two to send to a friend. He likes to look at clothes. Sometimes, he doesn't buy a thing. "Sometimes, I buy everything," he says. As a youngster in Philadelphia, Chaney, coach of a Temple University basketball team that is 18-1 and ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press, didn't have a lot of nice things.
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March 16, 2006 | Diane Pucin
It was among the best parting lines any sports figure has ever offered. "Excuse me while I disappear," John Chaney said Monday. Those were the Temple basketball coach's last words at a jam-packed news conference where he announced his retirement. Before this NCAA tournament begins this is my timeout to talk about the most genuine, caring, emotional, irascible, incorrigible sports figure I've ever met. Even when he was wrong, Chaney, 74, was always a little bit right.
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November 17, 2005 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
John Chaney sits behind a desk cluttered with small boxes of cereal, 10 cans of chicken gumbo soup and five jars of pickled okra. A friend who owns a diner delivers cases of cereal to the Temple men's basketball coach. "At the grocery you can't buy the little boxes except in a package with a lot of other [stuff] that I don't like," Chaney said. "Grocery stores near me don't carry the chicken gumbo anymore so I got to go to the factory and get me some. Pickled okra? You try and find that stuff."
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March 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
John Chaney retired Monday after 24 seasons as Temple's basketball coach, ending a Hall of Fame career in which his temper at times got the better of him. The 74-year-old Chaney, a fiery sideline presence admired as much for his mentoring as his success on the court, guided Temple to five NCAA regional finals and 17 NCAA tournament appearances and was twice the national coach of the year.
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March 23, 1988
John Chaney of Temple has been named the college basketball coach of the year by United Press International.
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March 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
Temple will wait until after the season to determine the future of Coach John Chaney. "We'll certainly have a discussion with John about how he feels about going forward," university President David Adamany said Wednesday. "When we get a chance to get what his views are, then we'll make a decision." Chaney won't necessarily determine whether he will return for his 24th season at Temple. "It's the institution that makes the decision," Adamany said.
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January 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
Temple's John Chaney won his 700th game Wednesday night when the Owls defeated St. Bonaventure, 76-57, at Philadelphia. "I thought I would be a very old man when this happened," Chaney told the crowd. "Today, I feel like a very young man." Chaney, who turned 72 last week, is 700-278 in 32 seasons as coach at Division II Cheyney State and Temple. He is 475-219 in 22 seasons with the Owls.
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March 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
John Chaney will return to coach Temple for another season, ending speculation about the Hall of Famer's future after a tumultuous conclusion to the season. Chaney, 73, was suspended for five games last month for ordering rough play by one of his players, who broke an opponent's arm. "This is just a reaffirmation of an agreement between Temple and John Chaney," Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw told Associated Press in a phone interview Monday night.
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January 28, 1996 | Associated Press
Temple Coach John Chaney sat out the Owls' 54-52 victory over St. Joseph's on Saturday, reportedly to be with suspended center Marc Jackson. Jackson was given a one-game suspension by the Atlantic 10 Conference for unsportsmanlike conduct after knocking down Duke's Greg Newton with an elbow to the head in Temple's 59-58 victory Thursday. Atlantic 10 spokesman Ray Cella said Chaney supported the suspension. "He is not protesting," Cella said.
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November 17, 2005 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
John Chaney sits behind a desk cluttered with small boxes of cereal, 10 cans of chicken gumbo soup and five jars of pickled okra. A friend who owns a diner delivers cases of cereal to the Temple men's basketball coach. "At the grocery you can't buy the little boxes except in a package with a lot of other [stuff] that I don't like," Chaney said. "Grocery stores near me don't carry the chicken gumbo anymore so I got to go to the factory and get me some. Pickled okra? You try and find that stuff."
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March 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
John Chaney will return to coach Temple for another season, ending speculation about the Hall of Famer's future after a tumultuous conclusion to the season. Chaney, 73, was suspended for five games last month for ordering rough play by one of his players, who broke an opponent's arm. "This is just a reaffirmation of an agreement between Temple and John Chaney," Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw told Associated Press in a phone interview Monday night.
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March 20, 2005 | From Associated Press
John Chaney always liked sitting in his tight office, encircled by photos of his famous friends and books from which he'd pick his quote of the day, and speaking of a time when he would retire without some sort of farewell tour or bold-print headlines. "Excuse me while I disappear," Chaney would say in his low, raspy voice. The time to disappear as Temple's head coach could be coming sooner than he wanted, and the Hall of Famer might not get to leave on his own terms.
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March 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
Temple will wait until after the season to determine the future of Coach John Chaney. "We'll certainly have a discussion with John about how he feels about going forward," university President David Adamany said Wednesday. "When we get a chance to get what his views are, then we'll make a decision." Chaney won't necessarily determine whether he will return for his 24th season at Temple. "It's the institution that makes the decision," Adamany said.
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March 3, 2005 | J.A. Adande, J.A. Adande can be reached at j.a.adande@latimes.com. To read previous columns by Adande, go to latimes.com/adande.
Let's be fair to John Chaney. Because that's what he stands for. Fairness. Equal opportunity. The Temple basketball coach deserves equal treatment, the same rights every other Hall of Fame coach receives when his career winds down. After 23 years at Temple, he has earned the right to determine when he should leave. Right now, in the middle of the storm he created by sending in a player to rough up one from St. Joseph's, is not the time. Yes, Chaney set a bad example.
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March 1, 2005 | From Associated Press
John Chaney will not coach Temple in the Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball tournament, part of a self-imposed punishment Monday for ordering rough play by one of his players in a recent game that resulted in an opponent's injury. Chaney, 73, already had been suspended by the school for the last three games of the regular season. He sent in a player he described as a "goon" against St. Joseph's last week, and Hawk senior John Bryant wound up with a broken arm.
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February 15, 1994 | From Associated Press
John Chaney, Temple coach, was suspended for one game Monday, a day after he publicly threatened to kill Massachusetts Coach John Calipari. Chaney apologized for his outburst after the Owls' 56-55 loss to 13th-ranked Massachusetts. But Temple President Peter Liacouras suspended Chaney from Wednesday night's game at St. Bonaventure. "Coach Chaney overstepped the line this time," Liacouras said in a statement.
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February 26, 2005 | From Associated Press
Temple basketball Coach John Chaney was suspended for the rest of the regular season by the university for ordering rough play by one of his players, who proceeded to foul out in four minutes against St. Joseph's and broke an opponent's arm. Temple President David Adamany announced the suspension Friday in a statement in which he said the decision was made "in light of the severity of the injury" to St. Joseph's 6-foot-7 senior John Bryant.
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January 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
Temple's John Chaney won his 700th game Wednesday night when the Owls defeated St. Bonaventure, 76-57, at Philadelphia. "I thought I would be a very old man when this happened," Chaney told the crowd. "Today, I feel like a very young man." Chaney, who turned 72 last week, is 700-278 in 32 seasons as coach at Division II Cheyney State and Temple. He is 475-219 in 22 seasons with the Owls.
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