Chaney inducted in Temple Hall of Fame - Philadelphia News

January 25, 2009 7:51:24 AM PST
Students from the past and present came to honor Coach Chaney. It is a game and a university John Chaney has loved for decades, so tonight it was only fitting that he signed autographs and was treated like a rock star, as Temple's now retired head basketball coach was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.

Chaney left Temple with 764 career wins, and took the Temple Owls to the NCAA tournaments 17 times.

"I miss it during the championships?when I can fuss a lot," Chaney said.

Fussing from the sidelines is what many will remember most about Coach Chaney, but also for his no nonsense philosophies that he taught students about life.

"I just want you to know, I believe with all my heart, you enter to learn, you depart to serve," Chaney said.

Of course, all at the ceremony agree John Chaney is the stuff legends are made of and that is why so many of his former players cam back to see him honored.

"Coach Chaney is a great, great person," Mark Tyndale said.

"He did so much for the game, so much for the youth, for the kids, not just for the players that played with him, for the students, just an overall great man," Levan Alston said.

Former pro-baller Eddie Jones summed it up best, saying Chaney's priceless life lessons were taught off of the court more than on.

"Always be responsible and always be a real man," Jones said.

A real man was honored Saturday night, one who won't be long forgotten for his toughness and his soft heart.

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