Temple Coach Dickerson Retracts Resignation Announcement
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Temple University football Coach Ron Dickerson pledged Sunday night to continue into the next season, retracting the emotional resignation he made a day earlier after the Owls’ 53-52 loss to Pittsburgh.
``For the first time in my professional career, I let my emotions do the talking,″ Dickerson said in a statement released Sunday by the university. ``After giving further and careful consideration to the situation, I know that I am as committed as ever to the success of our players, and to a winning Temple University football program.″
``I want to make it perfectly clear that I have never been a quitter, and I’m not going to start now,″ said Dickerson, who arrived at the school four years ago. ``
Athletic Director Dave O’Brien said that, after speaking with Dickerson, he believed that the coach was experiencing an ``emotional and human reaction to a very tough and disappointing loss.″
O’Brien said he didn’t believe Dickerson was upset over one play or strategy but simply over Pitt’s close, come-from-behind victory that left Temple 1-4.
``After speaking with coach today, I am confident that he remains totally committed to the program, wants to continue leading our football team and will be an effective leader,″ O’Brien said.
At Saturday’s press conference, Dickerson tearfully faulted himself for the loss, referring to the Owls’ final drive, a fourth-and-1 gamble that backfired. Temple held a 52-47 lead when Dickerson replaced quarterback Henry Burris with backup Pat Donner.
Bonner was stopped inches short, giving the ball back to Pittsburgh on the Owls’ 42. After two pass plays, Pittsburgh won the game.
The Owls (1-4, 0-1 Big East Conference) continue their 1996 season at Virginia Tech (3-1,2-1) next Saturday.