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Temple fires Aaron McKie as head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Temple Owls men’s basketball head coach Aaron McKie has stepped down. Initial reports said that he was fired.

The school said that McKie and Athletic Director Arthur Johnson agreed to that a new coach is needed to run the program. McKie will remain at the school as a special advisor to the athletic department, the school said.

Former Temple Owls Head coach Aaron McKie looks on in the second half against the Cincinnati Bearcats
Aaron McKie looks on in the second half against the Cincinnati Bearcats (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

“I want to thank Aaron for his support and passion for Temple University,” Johnson said. “Aaron has been a highly-decorated student-athlete, committed alumnus, husband, father, and a dedicated coach for Temple these past nine seasons, both as an assistant and head coach. Every step of the way Aaron has represented the University and the program in the finest manner.  We are extremely grateful for his long-standing service to Temple and the men’s basketball program.”

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McKie took over the program in 2019 when Fran Dunphy retired from coaching. In four seasons, the former NBA player went 52-56 at the school.

This past season, McKie guided the team to a 16-16 record. The team was fifth in the American Athletic Conference with a 10-8 record.

He had one winning season at the school. During the 2021-22 season, the Owls went 17-12.

However, in his four seasons, the school did not participate in a postseason tournament.

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“I want to thank Temple for the opportunity and privilege to serve as the head coach men’s basketball coach,” McKie said. “I wish nothing but the best for Temple’s student-athletes and the University moving forward.  Temple has been and always will be home for me and I wish the program nothing but success.”

A national search has begun to find McKie’s replacement.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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