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Hall of Fame basketball coach John Chaney, a zone defense innovator who led Temple to 17 NCAA tournament games, has died at the age of 89

Chaney spent 24 seasons at Temple, beginning 1982-83 – the only season his Owls failed to make the NCAA or NIT.He went to the Elite Eight five times, and Temple was ranked No. Ranked 1 1 for one stretch during the 1987-88 season when the Owls finished 32-2 and went 18-0 in Atlantic 10 game

Before Chaney Temple took over, he spent 10 seasons at Cheyney State, a Division II program about 30 miles outside of Philadelphia. He attended eight Division II tournaments and won the 1978 national championship

“John Chaney was a great coach, but he was so much more. For generations of Temple University students he was a wise advisor, a dedicated teacher, an icon of success, and a passionate leader who always leads by example and is convinced, “said Temple President Richard M Englert said in a statement, “I am also honored to say that he was a dear friend

Elected the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, Chaney won 516 games at Temple and a total of 741 games first black coach to achieve 700 wins

Chaney won the Henry Iba Award in 1987 and 1988, which was presented to Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association

“A lot of my players came from environments where people said they couldn’t,” Chaney told The Athletic in 2019. “I came from a time where it could end before it meets you need to get one Better place in our minds and for our future So many of them could change who they were They were what Temple always said Young acres of diamonds, right from the neighborhood, were told they might have an equal chance as everyone other “

On the pitch, Chaney was known for his match-up zone defense, a strategy that confused opponents for decades and Temple ranked among the top defenders every year

“If a team has never encountered a temple zone, it’s really difficult to see it for the first time and have a proper attack because you don’t know what defense it is on,” said former temple guardian Quincy Wadley told The New York Times in 2001 “You think it’s a defense all the time, but it’s not It’s different defenses that we play”

Chaney, who was born on January 21, 1932, in Jacksonville, Florida, was a passionate coach on the sidelines who had his share of incidents with opponents

“I can be anything,” Chaney told Sports Illustrated in 1994, “” I’m a person who can get out of hand. Sometimes it’s better to be crazy than being intelligent “

Midway through Chaney’s tenure at Temple, he had a burgeoning intra-conference rivalry with UMass and then-coach John Calipari. After a 1994 game that Temple lost 56-55, Chaney was upset by the way Calipari treated officials , and interrupted Calipari’s press conference after the game

“Could I tell you that please?” Chaney said, according to the New York Times, “You have a good ball club. But what you did to the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to it, you see?”

Chaney was banned from a game by Temple and apologized a few days later. The two coaches later became friends

Coach Chaney and I have played every game we have played – as everyone knows, sometimes literally – but in the end he was my friend. Throughout my career we talked about basketball and the life I will miss those conversations and I will become my friend rest in peace, coach! ImageTwittercom / 0JGcQ7JPOO

In 2005, Chaney was suspended after sending a “bat” during a game against Saint Joseph’s. He was upset that the Hawks in Nehemiah Ingram, a 250-pound man who later worked for the Temple soccer team was to put up illegal screens without calling fouls and going into hiding

According to Philadelphia Magazine, Chaney said the day before the game that he was planning to “send in one of my clubs and run it through one of these guys and chop him in the neck or something””

“I’m sending a message,” said Chaney after the game. “And I’ll send in what we did years ago – send the rackets in. I’ll do that”

After Saint Joseph striker John Bryant was diagnosed with a broken arm in one of Ingram’s fouls, Temple suspended Chaney for the remainder of the regular season, with the coach apologizing to Bryant and allegedly offering to pay his medical bills / p>

“John Chaney was more than just a Hall of Fame basketball coach; he was a Hall of Famer in life,” said Fran Dunphy, Chaney’s successor upon his retirement in 2006, in a statement “He has touched countless lives, too my own I will miss him very much and my thoughts and prayers go to his family during this difficult time “

Outside of the court, Chaney has been a staunch advocate helping poor youth improve their lives through education

“Which being has the right to play God?” Chaney asked on the Sports Illustrated profile in 1994, “They tell me the NCAA can decide who lives among blacks and who dies? Education is food, it’s heat, it’s protection! Who has the right to take it away from someone? Me come from earth! I know what I am. What choice do we have the children who fail this SAT test? One choice! Back on the road to a slow-legged death “

Current Temple men’s basketball coach, Aaron McKie, played for Chaney from 1991-1994 and spoke brightly of his former coach

“Coach Chaney was like a father to me,” McKie said in a statement. “He taught not only me but all of his players more than just how to be successful in basketball. He taught us life lessons, to make us better individuals outside of court I owe him so much He made me the man I am today “

“What we need more these days – I don’t care how you see it – is taking care of others, whoever that is,” said Chaney

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