PHILADELPHIA -- John Chaney's raspy, booming, angry voice
usually can be heard by fans in the cheap seats when he cusses out
his Temple team about a turnover or sloppy play.
When he commandeered the public address microphone to scold his
team's fans, Chaney's message was loud and clear to all: Stupid
actions have consequences, and there are few things more reckless
than throwing an object on the court.
After Mardy Collins' emphatic dunk in the final minute put the
finishing touches on Temple's 73-56 win over Miami on Sunday, an
object was tossed on the court, temporarily halting play and
drawing the ire of Chaney -- whose outrageous comments and actions
in the past have made him a focus of criticism.
The 73-year-old coach walked to the scorer's table, grabbed the
mike and told the fans it wasn't Temple's way to be seen as
"To endanger the lives of these kids is not our way," he said
to a hushed crowd. "Always remember, stupid is forever. You can't
change stupidity. So if somebody's sitting next to you, make them
recognize that we do not allow that here at Temple."
Chaney said Monday he made his public rebuke because he was
concerned about the safety of the players and he's grown tired of
the increasingly bad behavior in all levels of sports.
"Our fans are normally good fans, very good fans," Chaney
said. "We've gotten good reports on our fans for years. But it's a
point in time when all of us should be responsible for making sure
we guide the young people and make them understand what's right."
Chaney has a history of insufferable antics, most notably
threatening to kill Massachusetts coach John Calipari during a
postgame news conference in 1994. And it was only last season when
Chaney was suspended after sending in a player to intentionally
foul a Saint Joseph's player, who ended up with a broken arm.
"I might do a lot of dumb things, but I don't tolerate them,"
What really made Chaney angry Sunday was that no one pointed out
the fan or fans responsible. While Chaney realizes he's had a few
regrettable incidents stamped on his Hall of Fame career, he's
proud that he's always held himself accountable for his actions.
"I've always made my commitment to show contrition whenever I
made that mistake," he said. "Coaching sports, playing sports,
sometimes you find yourselves doing wrong. Even when you see it and
you know it's wrong, you ask for forgiveness and let people know
you're sincere about it."