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PHILADELPHIA -- Temple turned to the Minister of Mayhem to keep its football renaissance alive.The Owls hired Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins on Tuesday, plucking one of the SECs top defensive minds to become their fourth coach in the last eight seasons.Collins will replace Matt Rhule, who left the Philadelphia-based school last week for Baylor after leading the 23rd-ranked Owls to consecutive double-digit victory seasons and the American Athletic Conference championship this year.Rhule was at Temple for four seasons and brought the program to new heights, including consecutive bowl bids for the first time in school history.Collins, 45, has been with the Gators for two seasons and before that was defensive coordinator at Mississippi State. The Gators defense has ranked in the top-10 in the country in each of Collins two seasons in Gainesville.We will compete for championships, we will provide a world-class student-athlete experience and education, and we will represent the community with pride, Collins said.A Georgia native and former player a Western Carolina, Collins has spent most of coaching career in the South. He spent one season (1996) at Fordham in New York and two seasons (1997-98) at Division III Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania early in his career.Collins also had stints at Georgia Tech, Alabama, Central Florida and Florida International. He became defensive coordinator for the first time at Mississippi State under coach Dan Mullen and was part of some of the schools most successful teams.Theyre going to get a guy that motivates players, a guy that really understands the game and understands both sides of the ball, not just the defensive side, Florida coach Jim McElwain said. Hes done a great job of studying the offensive side and the things that it takes there. A relentless, competitive recruiter, and a guy thats now been around at some places to see how he can establish his own kind of way of doing things.Collins once described his defensive philosophy as a little bit crazy, which helped stick him with the Mayhem nickname.Were really excited about the opportunity for him and his family at Temple, McElwain said. Its a place thats really done a great job, and hell carry that on.The Owls are counting on Collins to keep the program humming alone as one of the best in the AAC. Rhule worked wonders at Temple and the Owls (10-2) are poised to win 11 games for the first time in program history with a win over Wake Forest in the Dec. 27 Military Bowl. Rhule won a combined 20 games in his last seasons -- Temple won 20 games total from 1998-2006 and was winless in 2005.Rhule was an assistant under Al Golden, who orchestrated the heavy lifting that led the Owls to a bowl game. Rhule returned to the program in 2013 as the head coach following Steve Addazios two-year stint.Temple assistant Ed Foley will coach the Owls in the bowl.The guy that takes this program over is taking over a program in phenomenal shape, Foley said.The Owls have become a feeder program of sorts and Golden (who left for Miami) and Rhule both proved that winning in Philly can lead to a Power Five gig. Thats a career target for Collins as much as taking Temple to any late December bowl game.While the program has seen results skyrocket on the field, fan support remains apathetic.Collins will lead a program that plays in the NFL stadium Lincoln Financial Field. The schools drive for a 35,000-seat stadium appears to be stalled.The $126 million plan has generated controversy since February, when Temples board of trustees approved a feasibility study, hired architects and tore down apartments on university land near campus.Rhule was as much as a rah-rah booster of the program as he was as coach, helping the Owls stay visible in a crowded Philly sports landscape. Rhule helped resurrect from Temple from the brink of extinction -- first as an assistant, then as head coach -- and led the Owls into the AP Top 25 last year for the first time since 1979. The Owls returned to the Top 25 this season and won their first conference championship since 1967.Collins now his turn to try and keep the Owls perched there.---AP sports writers Ralph D. Russo in New York and Mark Long contributed to this report.---More college football http://collegefootball.ap.org/ Corey Graham Jersey . Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee? 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IRVINE, Calif. -- Christian Cirese and Cam Fowler have known each other for about 20 minutes, but the NHL player and the 8-year-old Orange County resident have already formed a bond that is as heartwarming as it is unexpected.The Anaheim Ducks defenseman peers intently at racks of socks and shoes in a local Target.What size does Christian wear?Does he like this brand? The color?If not, they can look at another, Fowler insists as they move from aisle to aisle.Later, while Fowlers girlfriend, Jasmine Maggard, and Christians 17-year-old sister, Heather, are checking out gifts for Heather, a high school senior, Fowler waits patiently outside the changing room door to make sure all of the articles of clothing picked out by and for Christian fit him perfectly.Fowler just turned 25. He does not have any kids. He has two younger sisters who are in their teens but, generally speaking, doesnt usually have much to do with youngsters.So he was surprised to find himself so immersed in the experience of shopping with his new pals.I ended up having more of a relationship with them maybe than I expected, Fowler said. They kind of opened up, and Christian was making me laugh the whole time. What was cool to me was the relationship that Heather and Christian had. He was picking out clothes for her, she was making sure he was OK, fixing his hair and stuff. That was very cool.Maggard agreed. It was like we had known these kids forever. But we just met them, she added.This outing is the first time that Fowler, the 12th overall pick in the 2010 draft, has taken part in the Ducks annual shopping excursion with The Wooden Floor, a nonprofit organization in Orange County that provides after-school programs to help low-income kids prepare for higher education through the arts.By the end of the day, Fowler is sharing tips with Heather about how she might relieve stress before a dance performance, and Christian is holding a microphone for an interview Fowler does with the Ducks in-house media group.I told her I listen to some music. I like to take deep breaths, Fowler said. It really seemed to resonate with her.In some ways Heather and Christian are unusual among the kids connected to The Wooden Floor. Theirs is a two-parent family, and their father works two jobs to support the familys four children. All six members of their family share a two-bedroom apartment in the Anaheim area.Next spring, Heather -- who is in her eighth year at the program -- will graduate from Valencia High School in Placentia and, with assistance from The Wooden Floor, will attend college. She will be the first in her family to do so.At first it was definitely scary, she said of the prospect of heading off to college. But now Im excited. Im planning to go to a community college first and then transfer into a four-year [program]. The medical field has always been my favorite thing, so I want go into that.NHL players have a long history of giving back to their respective communiities, and frankly, their efforts often fly under the radar.dddddddddddd But if you peek behind the curtain and see how these events come together and the impact they have, youll learn quickly that oftentimes its not the financial commitment of players -- although that certainly is important -- but the investment of time, effort and, on a day like this, emotion, that shows how meaningful these kinds of moments can be for everyone involved.Us doing it as a team is very cool, but I think that should be the back end of the story, Fowler said. It should be about the kids and the experience for them. So my main focus was on them today.In some ways, the Target store in this Irvine shopping mall had the look of a demolition derby-turned-scavenger hunt as the kids from The Wooden Floor paired up with Ducks players and their wives or girlfriends and other volunteers to fill out shopping lists that included necessities -- and, of course, a few toys.Other shoppers craned their necks to see what was causing the commotion, as red plastic Target shopping carts brimming with goodies careened around the store, piloted by?Kevin Bieksa, Ryan Kesler, John Gibson, Jakob Silfverberg and Fowler.The shirts, shoes, Lego Star Wars and Nerf weaponry that ended up in the various shopping carts might well be the only gifts these children get this holiday season, said The Wooden Floors CEO Dawn Reese, who also noted that the shopping spree and the programs holiday party are sometimes the only fun activity on many of the kids holiday schedules.More than 90 percent of the 375 kids The Wooden Floor helps annually with tutoring and college-prep assistance -- as well as crisis intervention and counseling six days a week -- come from low-income or extremely low-income families.They have to navigate a lot of challenges, especially toward higher-education goals that we have for them, Reese said.And so, sure, getting some cool things is a part of the equation.But will the kids remember the Batman caps or will they recall instead veteran Antoine Vermette regaling them with stories of having to cover his ears and eyes because former teammate Anton Volchenkov insisted on watching horror movies all night long when they were on the road?[The players] really uplift them and really empower them. We do that too, but this is just something special, when a stranger goes into your life and puts focus and attention on you. Theyre kind of like, Wow, whats this all about, Reese said. It makes you feel very proud, so we hope that pride then follows them in all parts of their life when they leave today.As the kids get ready to jump back on the bus that ferried them to the mall, there are hugs and pictures and autographs from the players. Its been only a couple of hours since they met, but somehow it seems like theyve been friends much, much longer. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 China Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys Jerseys NFL China ' ' '

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