By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The 2014 season for the Temple baseball team was turned on its head back in December when it was revealed that 2014 would actually be the final season for the program. It was one of several sports the university was eliminating.
That news led to players leaving the program and to many months of general upheaval for the Owls and head coach Ryan Wheeler.
However, to their credit, those Owls that stayed kept battling and earned the #6-seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament which gets underway today in Clearwater, Florida.
“This was our goal, one of my goals, to get to the conference tournament, since I’ve been here,” Temple head coach Ryan Wheeler tells KYW Newsradio. “I thought we had a pretty good club coming out of the fall; then the announcement of eliminating the program, and the guys have really bought into ‘us against the world.’ Here in the last couple of weeks, as we’ve played Louisville, ranked number 5 in the country and beat them, played Houston, ranked twelfth and beat them, I’ve told the guys, ‘Hey, we’re the team nobody wants to play.’ Because we’ve got nothing to lose, and those are scary teams. We’re not just happy to be here. We want to win the darn thing and show people that Temple baseball maybe should stick around.”
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