The Temple Owls football
team participates in the NCAA
's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision
as a member of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference
(MAC). Temple is a football-only affiliate of the MAC because their primary conference, the Atlantic Ten Conference
, does not currently sponsor a football league (although during the time the A-10 did
sponsor football, it was in the Division 1 Championship Subdivision
, and Temple's program has always been in D-I football). The Owls were a football-only member of the Big East Conference
from 1991 until 2004. Temple was forced out of the league due to poor attendance averages, non-competitiveness, and a lack of commitment to the football program from university officials. Temple played the 2005 and 2006 seasons as an independent before joining the MAC in 2007 where they currently reside.
Henry Miller Era
Although Temple began playing organized football in 1894, the Owls' modern era began in 1925. That was the year that Henry J. "Heinie" Miller was hired as head coach, and for a time, the Owls were a regional power. To start the 1928 season, the Owls moved to Temple Stadium
. Miller coached eight seasons and compiled a 50-15-8 record.
Pop Warner Era
Following Miller's departure in 1933, the Owls made a national splash with the hiring of their next coach, the legendary Glenn "Pop" Warner
. Warner had spent the previous 19 years at Pittsburgh
, winning three national... Read More