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Temple decides to suspend Chaney for remainder of year



Published: Sat, February 26, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The coach gave himself a one-game suspension after ordering rough play.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- John Chaney was suspended for the rest of the regular season by Temple on Friday for ordering rough play by one of his players, who proceeded to foul out in four minutes against Saint Joseph's and broke an opponent's arm.

The Hall of Fame coach had suspended himself for one game Wednesday and apologized for his actions. He will miss Temple's home game against Massachusetts today and road games against Rhode Island and La Salle, before returning for the Atlantic 10 tournament.

"I think my behavior is reprehensible and, as I've said 1,000 times, I take responsibility," Chaney told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "If it's the judgment of the school to suspend me, I can accept the responsibility of my actions."

Chaney, angered by what he thought were illegal screens by Saint Joseph's, put in seldom-used 6-foot-8, 250 pound Nehemiah Ingram against the Hawks on Tuesday to "send a message." Ingram fouled forward John Bryant hard, sending him sprawling to the ground and breaking his arm. Bryant will likely miss the rest of the season.

Chaney said he called Bryant on Friday morning to apologize and also said he planned to talk to his parents. Chaney also offered to pay for any of Bryant's medical bills.

"I feel very contrite about John Bryant," Chaney said.

Saint Joseph's was traveling to Rhode Island and no one from the team was immediately available for comment.

Backed up conference

Atlantic 10 commissioner Linda Bruno supported Temple's decision to extend the suspension and said Chaney failed in his responsibility as a teacher and mentor.

"He is aware that our code of conduct states any further behavior that does not reflect the standards of our conference will have severe consequences," Bruno said.

Chaney's only other suspension came in 1994, when Temple suspended him for one game after he threatened then-Massachusetts coach John Calipari during a postgame news conference.

Chaney said he did not regret describing Ingram as a "goon" after the game because he said the term had been used to describe his team the last time they play Saint Joseph's.

"It was just a word that was reverberating throughout my head," Chaney said.

Chaney also said the suspension sent a strong message to Temple's students that abhorrent behavior would not be tolerated.

After some students spit in the direction of Saint Joe's players and cheerleaders, Adamany said the first few rows of the student section at the Liacouras Center would be empty for Saturday's game as a reminder they should uphold the standards of good sportsmanship.

"I incited them by my behavior, I guess," Chaney said.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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