Chat with Fran Dunphy
Dunphy was head coach at Penn for 17 years before joining Temple.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, Temple head basketball coach Fran Dunphy will stop by to take your questions about the 2011-12 season.
Dunphy took over the Temple program in 2006 and has taken the team to the NCAA Tournament each of the past four seasons. Last year the Owls reached the Round of 32 before falling in double overtime to San Diego State.
Dunphy welcomes back four starters from last year's squad to go with point guard recruit Will Cummings.
Send your questions now and join Dunphy on Tuesday at noon ET!
Buzzmaster (11:59 AM)
Temple's Fran Dunphy will be here shortly to take your questions!
Coach, it's obviously just the one game, but what did you like from the first game of the season?
Fran Dunphy (12:01 PM)
I thought our team played hard. I don't know if we played as smart as we need to play, but we played hard. We got punched in the nose and I thought we reacted well to it.
Coach, how big is it that you return a number of players, including starters from last year's team?
Fran Dunphy (12:02 PM)
I think that's always a very important part of being a very successful team overall. You need to have experience and we have some guys who are in position to gain that experience over the last few years. We're not as strong up front or where we need to be up front, but I like our experience.
Coach, what are your thoughts on Anthony Lee and his ability to contribute this year?
Fran Dunphy (12:03 PM)
Well, I think we really need Anthony to help us a great deal. We need to get 20-25 minutes a game from him. He played limited minutes from him, but I think he will. Now we get into a stretch of games here and he needs to be ready. He will be. He has some strength inside. He's a critical piece to any successful run we might have.
Chris Williams (Philadelphia, PA)
How excited are you to play in San Juan, Puerto Rico?
Fran Dunphy (12:04 PM)
This will be my third time down there, second with Temple, in this ESPN Shootout. It's great. Terrific competition. Great exposure. We enjoy our time down there very much. During the down time we'll try to take the guys to the rain forest down there. Should be a lot of fun.
How excited are you to move into our new facility at McGonigle?
Fran Dunphy (12:05 PM)
It's tremendous for our basketball program and our university, both men's and women's basketball programs. We've been without a home, in terms of a practice place and now this gives us a chance to have our own home. We should be ready to go Jan. 1, I believe.
Hey Coach, good win last night! Do you think there is a ceiling with this team? Or are you confident we have a deep tourney team this year?
Fran Dunphy (12:06 PM)
I can't say that I'm confident. Not many coaches would tell you they're confident in a lot of things. If you said we would get back to the tournament, then I would talk about our tournament hopes. Our goal is always to get back to the tournament. We have a lot of challenges this year, starting with the Puerto Rico trip. Each game will be a great challenge to us.
How's the new building coming along? Are recruits impressed by it?
Fran Dunphy (12:07 PM)
I've seen it in its unfinished stage and very impressed by it.
Juice Cunningham (Temple U)
Thanks for the pep talk in psychology, coach. Good luck during the year!
Fran Dunphy (12:08 PM)
I did have a great deal of fun in that class. I enjoy speaking there every year. I also co-teach a class in the business school. I like that challenge. It's great fun for me. It adds to my diversity as well and being in the classroom.
Jameer Williams (Delaware)
Coach Dunphy from a coches standpoint what do you believe is the most important part of being a student-athlete? and why?
Fran Dunphy (12:09 PM)
I think it's a great life to be a student-athlete, what is isn't is an easy life. It takes great sacrifice. The balance between school and basketball is one you have to strike. You don't have a lot of time for other things. Basketball and school take up just about all of your time. It's a very satisfying life. If you like challenges and being on a team, it's a good life.
Fran, how do you feel about the discussions about Temple possibly being part of the Big East?
Fran Dunphy (12:11 PM)
Certainly, I've heard the talk. I've listened to what people said. There are a couple of things at play. We are in a very good basketball conference in the A-10 and a very good football conference in the MAC. We're honored by the mention of being involved with some of these other conferences. We have a wonderful school to sell. I think we'd be a valued member of anybody's conference. To include that we're in the 4th or 5th largest media market, I think we'd be a great member of any conference and would like to think we already are within the conferences we are in.
when will the 'stache become part of the uniform for players?
Fran Dunphy (12:12 PM)
I wouldn't want to put that on the players' agenda. There is a charity "Mo-Vember" and a couple of my former players asked me to participate and I'm growing it during the month. Depending on how we play will determine if it returns. If I can help a charity by shaving it or growing it, I am happy to do that.
Greg (San Fran)
How much contact to you have with former players? Do you follow their overseas careers?
Fran Dunphy (12:13 PM)
Yeah, I'm not as technically advanced as some of my assistants and they stay in touch. We stay in contact with emails and phone calls. We see them when they come back. Guys that I coached at Penn and now at Temple and they come back to hang out a bit. It's always great to see them.
Fran Dunphy (12:14 PM)
I appreciate the opportunity. I had fun. I hope I answered the questions accordingly and look forward to doing it again.