Temple Suspends Chaney for Rest of Season

Friday, February 25th 2005, 6:55 am
By: News On 6

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 4 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 on Saturday 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.''

Temple president David Adamany announced the suspension in a statement.

``I have advised coach Chaney of this decision and coach Chaney has again expressed his deepest regrets for his actions,'' Adamany said.

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 Massachusetts and was not immediately available for comment.

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.

The Hall of Famer has a 721-294 record in 33 seasons. He said he hasn't decided how this black mark will affect his decision about whether to return for another season.

``I've had a reputation for many years, I've done many things wrong and made a lot of mistakes,'' Chaney said. ``My name is a lightning rod. Right now, I'll just take inventory of myself.''