Friday, November 05, 1999

Owls play by Chaney's new rules




BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        PHILADELPHIA — John Chaney introduced a few new rules to his Temple basketball players this preseason: No beards, no long sideburns, no cornrows, no earrings. He wishes he could add tattoos to the list.

        “That costs too much money,” Chaney said during Atlantic 10 Conference media day on Thursday. “One guy down on South Street told me it costs over $1,000 to get those tattoos off. Now I can't do that because that's against NCAA rules. I would pay for it if it weren't against the rules.”

        Chaney, in his 18th season at Temple, said he keeps four cans of Magic Shave in his office and checks his players' facial hair growth (mustaches are OK).

        “You put that stuff on and it just draws the hair out of your face,” he said. “And, it smells like a rotten egg.”

        The Owls are a near unanimous pick to win the A-10 East Division. So why mandate such a policy?

        “The kids have a tendency to smell themselves, and they forget who the boss is,” Chaney said. “So I made it very clear to them that I am the boss.”

       



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