Mike Jensen: A crazy day at Temple ends with Adam Fisher as head men's basketball coach

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PHILADELPHIA — In the annals of crazy Temple basketball days, this one was pretty good.

In the end, what will be remembered, Adam Fisher was offered the job, and Adam Fisher accepted the job.

Your new Owls head basketball coach, Adam Fisher.

Penn State’s associate head coach was the popular choice of Nittany Lions players themselves to replace Micah Shrewsberry. But that wasn’t the move up in State College, and this was more than a consolation prize.

Fisher wanted this one.

He’s got the resume. He was a Miami assistant, and at Penn State, his alma mater, before then. He actually started his climb up the ladder in the Big 5. His first rung was as a graduate manager under Jay Wright at Villanova. He’s recruited locally his whole career.


All you ever hear is, to know him is to like him.

Of course, that’s Adam Fisher, the assistant coach. He’s never been a head coach. Now, we’ll find out if an outstanding recruiter can prove he’s a strong head coach, at a place where the degree of difficulty right now is highest-level.

The top six Temple scorers from this past season are all hanging out watching from the Transfer Portal lounge. Maybe the new coach can convince some to stay. If Temple doesn’t find more NIL money for players, the name or ability of the next head coach is not at the top of the Owls’ basketball problems.

But this will be a popular pick with a bunch of boosters.


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