John Chaney appears in Owls locker room at half, delivers speech, disappears into the fog

Maryland@Temple JAN 28, 2006

John Chaney, still rallying the troops at the age of 83.

Philadelphia, PA – The Temple Owls, now a nationally ranked football program, were only leading by one point at halftime against lowly UCF this past Saturday and were desperately in need of a spark for the second half.

That spark was provided by legendary and near mythical Temple Owls basketball coach John Chaney, who reportedly “appeared out of nowhere” and launched into an epic halftime speech that had the Owls frothing at the mouth.

“We had a bit of a lull at halftime, I tried to rally us and bring up the energy, but nothing was working,” Owls coach Matt Rhule said. “But then I looked over and saw coach Chaney in the middle of all of our kids, screaming his head off, telling them to be the best they could be and to play as if their lives were ending, and by god damn it worked. I have no idea where he came from or how he got past security into the locker room, but damnit I am glad he did.”

The 83-year-old coach reportedly screamed at each member of the Owls offense to “get their asses in gear” because “Coach Chaney loves you and the entire city of Philadelphia loves you and wants you to kick the shit out of UCF in the second half.”

Owls running back Jahad Thomas said Chaney then headbutted each member of the team’s defense before leading the entire squad in a rousing cheer.

“He looked me right in the eye and told me to play the way god wanted me to, and I’ve never been so inspired in my life. If he had told me I could have run through a brick wall at that point, I would have done it. I love Coach Rhule, but Coach Chaney is the best,” Thomas said.

At press time, Rhule said he went back to the locker room after his team ran out onto the field for the second half to thank Chaney for the inspiration, but the coach was nowhere to be found. It was like he disappeared into thin air.

“I asked the security guards at the entrances and exits of our locker room and neither of them had seen Coach Chaney come in or leave the locker room at all. It was like he came when we needed him the most. What a legend.”

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