Hurley, St. Anthony on Brink of Modern New Jersey Record

WEST ORANGE, N.J. — When your name is Bob Hurley and your program is called St. Anthony, it seems that every year brings another milestone.

This year is no exception.

Having won their 66th consecutive game Sunday with a 64-28 victory over Neptune at the Tip-Off Hoop Group Showcase, the Friars will now seek to set a modern-day New Jersey record of 67 straight wins when they play Newark Central Thursday night.

Ironically, St. Anthony is seeking to break its own record of 66 straight wins set under Hurley from 1995-7.

The Passaic “Wonder Teams” under Ernest “Prof” Blood won 159 consecutive games from 1919-25.

“I haven’t given this thing one second of thought,” said Hurley, the Naismith Hall of Famer who has won back-to-back New Jersey Tournament of Champions titles and 12 overall. “That is something that’s not coming up. To read more of this story, click here

Temple Cannot Stop Catholic Dissolution of Big East (UPDATED)

Even though it is a full voting member of the Big East, Temple cannot stop the Catholic dissolution of the conference, a source with direct knowledge told

“They could not stop it,” the source said. “There’s language within the bylaws or the contracts that basically they or the football group could not stop that from happening. There’s some kind of clause pertaining to the dissolution of the league where it doesn’t apply. There’s a loophole there somewhere.”

We previously been reported that the seven Catholic schools — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova — had the necessary two-thirds vote to dissolve the conference over the three remaining all-sports schools — Cincinnati, UConn and South Florida. To read more of this story, click here

Josh Brown Follows Late Mother to College

NEW YORK — Josh Brown is sticking with his first choice.

After decommitting from Temple in June, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound St. Anthony point guard decided to recommit, choosing Temple over Rhode Island, Penn State and Providence.

“I’ll be a Temple Owl,” Brown said in the SNY studio Monday. “I can’t wait to go down there and play in the backcourt with Quenton DeCosey, Will Cummings and Daniel Dingle. I also get a chance to be coached by one of the most underrated coaches, coach Fran Dunphy and his staff. And I’m going to be in Philly, a great place to be.”

Brown’s decision was a sentimental one. He chose Temple in part because his late mother, Kimberley, who died when he was 1 year and three months old, went there. To read more of this story, click here

Maryland, Temple Offer 2014 Forward Abu

Just a few days after watching 2014 forwards Abdul-Malik Abu and Alec Brennan at the “Live in AC” event, both Maryland and Temple have offered them scholarships.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon called Expressions 16s coach Tyron Boswell on Tuesday, and Temple assistant Dwayne Killings also called. Both watched the 6-foot-8 Abu and the 6-10 Brennan play in the 16s final on Friday, where the Expressions lost to Team Takeover. To read more of this story, click here

Josh Brown Opens Up Recruitment (UPDATED)

Josh Brown’s stock is on the rise and he’s decided to re-open his recruitment after pledging to Temple last season.

“Yes, I did,” the 6-foot-2 2013 St. Anthony combo guard told after the news had previously been reported by several outlets. “The reason why I did is I don’t want to regret anything when all is said and done. I want to just enjoy the process.

“Temple is still top on my list. The new schools I have now are Rhode Island, Gonzaga, Virginia and Richmond.”

St. Anthony assistant coach Eric Harrield said he had also heard from Miami, Rutgers, St. Joe’s and Indiana. To read more of this story, click here

Former Temple Guard Brown Picks Southern Miss

Former Temple guard Aaron Brown has committed to Southern Miss.

The 6-foot-5 Hackensack, N.J., native will have two years of eligibility left after sitting next season.

“I think it was the best opportunity for me after sitting out my year,” the former St. Benedict’s Prep guard told by phone following his visit to Southern Miss. “I want to take the year off to get better physically and skill-wise.” To read more of this story, click here

Temple to Discuss Big East Invite Wednesday

Temple University’s Board of Trustees will meet via conference call Wednesday afternoon to discuss joining the Big East in all sports, reported.

As reported here last week, the Big East has fast-tracked Temple to join for all sports in 2012 mainly because West Virginia is leaving the league by July 1 to join the Big 12. West Virginia must pay the Big East $20 million to leave early.

With only seven football schools left, the Big East needed to move fast in order to add an eighth team for scheduling purposes. Temple, which plays football in the MAC, had previously been in the Big East for football from 1991-2004 but was booted for being non-competitive. To read more of this story, click here