Checking Out The New Digs

Chris Coyer never thought he would see an indoor practice facility in his time at Temple. But the redshirt senior H-back walked into the Pavilion on Broad Street Tuesday afternoon with his teammates and got his first look at an indoor facility with a turf field that had 25 yards and an end zone on one half and 80 yards of space length-wise.

Chris Coyer never thought he would see an indoor practice facility in his time at Temple.

But the redshirt senior H-back walked into the Pavilion on Broad Street Tuesday afternoon with his teammates and got his first look at an indoor facility with a turf field that had 25 yards and an end zone on one half and 80 yards of space length-wise.

"I was actually going to come over and check it out yesterday, but I'm glad I held off and got to see it with everyone else," said Coyer. "I love it, it's amazing. To see how far we've come from a small facility, small weight room, to have an indoor facility is amazing.

"I thought there was no chance to see an indoor facility in my time, I'm glad I did and get to use it now and it will be great for classes to come. We're definitely up to date. We'll compete well. I kind of feel like the program has grown with us. My first year here we finally got over that barrier to get that winning season, we moved into a bigger conference. Now we have new facilities, it's great to see how the program has grown with this class."

The football team held a short workout in the facility Tuesday, but it will be the winter months when it will really come in handy. Last year the Owls had to reschedule and cancel practices when Hurricane Sandy blew through before they played nationally-ranked Louisville.

"I remember it made it pretty difficult, even guys having treatment having to walk back and forth in that rain, having to cancel a few practices made it really tough," recalled Coyer. "Now that we have this, we have something we've never had use of before.

"It gives us a chance to really get good solid work done, run plays and get a full practice in. I think back to freshman year, we had a couple bowl practices in the middle of a blizzard. We didn't really get much work done. On days like that, to have a facility like this to get work done is critical."

Interim athletic director Kevin Clark said the opening of the new indoor facility following up the new basketball practice facility last year and work currently being done on Pearson/McGonigle Hall will keep Temple competitive with other top athletic programs.

"(The Pavilion) is really, really nice, it's going to be beneficial not just for our football program, but for all the programs," said Clark. "When you have bad weather, for soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, you have an opportunity now to be on a level playing field in terms of being able to compete during the winter months.

"With Pearson/McGonigle, we're putting in a new floor, putting in new padding and graphics. We're trying to spruce that building up. We're trying to level the playing field. It's baby steps, but we're getting there. It's 10 times better than it was in the past. Basketball having that facility is really going to pay off over the next five years. We spent $25 million on a facility when I was at Indiana and the one we have at Temple is right there with it."

Coyer came to Temple without the promise of newer facilities, but he said they can be a difference-maker in recruiting.

"It's almost like the whipped cream on top," said Coyer. "I came here because of the family atmosphere, because Coach (Matt) Rhule recruited me. I've been to those other programs with multi-million dollar facilities with all the gadgets, and we have that now and we've kept the same atmosphere.

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