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Temple's 'Goon' Is Trying Out for Football

Thursday, April 7, 2005; Page D02

Temple basketball player Nehemiah Ingram, who broke an opponent's arm when ordered to play rough by Coach John Chaney, is trying to make the Owls' football team as a defensive lineman.

Ingram, a 6-foot-8, 275-pound senior, is a walk-on hoping to become the fourth athlete to play football and basketball during the Chaney era.

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Ingram was inserted into the Feb. 22 game against Saint Joseph's and told to commit hard fouls. One foul knocked John Bryant to the floor and broke his arm.

Chaney wanted to "send a message" and referred to Ingram after the game as a "goon." Chaney was suspended for five games, including the conference tournament.

Ingram first practiced with the Owls' football team last week and participated in his first contact session Monday. In 19 games with the basketball team this season, he averaged 1.1 rebounds and less than one point.

Ingram last played competitive football in high school in Milledgeville, Ga., where he was a junior varsity tight end as a ninth-grader.

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