Last donation: Heriberto S., McDonough, GA, 4/24/23 (thanks, Heriberto!!) Two on 4/14/23 (thanks to Joe F. and Ross M. ); Tom W., Palm Coast, Fla. 2/18/23 (thanks, Tom!!!)Ed P., Yardley, Pa. (1/9/23; thanks, Ed,) Lawrence S., West Chester, Pa., 12/28/22, our first contribution in over a month (thanks Larry, this will help in having to replace the printer we purchased in the summer that went on the fritz); Bob C., Chadds Ford, Pa., 11/27/22 (thanks Bob, our first contribution since September) Ed P., Perkasie, Pa. who donated 9/24/22 at the UMass game and Ed and I both remember and love Pennridge coach Wayne Helman; Joe S. (Delaware County), 9/3/22 (thanks Joe, hope to see you at Lafayette or RU); James G. (thanks James and for all the great posts you make on this site),, 7/29/22: Matt P. (former Al Golden player, thank you Matt for the generous donation it will be put to good use as we will explain in Monday’s post), 6/9/22; Matt F., Horsham, Pa. (thanks, Matt!!), June 6, 2022; David, B., Milton, DE (thanks, Dave), April 11, 2022: Andy B., Philadelphia, Pa. (our first donation of 2022, thanks Andy), March 3, 2022; Ed P., Yardley, Pa. 12/25/21 (thanks, Ed for the Christmas donation); Matt F., no hometown found (“a celebratory donation for Carey’s firing”), 11/30/21 thanks, Matt; Jon E., Cincinnati, Ohio, 11/29/21 (thanks, Jon for the donation and the great comments on this site); James G., Royersford, Pa. 11/28/21 (thanks, Jim, for the donations and your comments on the website); Anonymous (no home town given but donation really appreciated), 11/20/2021; Roger D., Rehoboth Beach,, Del., 10/24/21; Joe S., Drexel Hill, Pa. 10/3/21 (thanks, Joe) At the BC game (9/18), John from Landenburg (thanks, John for being a great friend of this site for so many years); Three Aug. 21 donations: Eric A (former player), Atlanta, Ga; Anonymous (by request), Cincinnati, Oh; Tim R., Buffalo, N.Y. (sincere thanks to all); David N., Silver Springs, Md (thanks Dave) 7/10/21; former Temple player Matt P., who lives in Columbus, GA now (thanks Matt) 7/9/21; Joe F., Philadelphia (4/7/11, thanks Joe) Matt F., Horsham, Pa., 3/27/21 (thanks, Matt); Jon E., Cincinnati, Ohio (1/31/21, thanks Jon) Ed P.,, Yardley, Pa. (thanks, Ed, much appredicated), 1/16/21; Mitchell S. , 12/21/20, our first contribution since (10/8) earlier, Former Owl Bruce G., Flourtown, Pa, who generously donated $100 in “honor” of the Ambler guy 10/8/20; (if they hate you in Ambler, we love you in Flortown,” BG says). Thanks, BG, we appreciate it; Earlier: James G., Philadelphia (7/21/20, thanks James) Robert B., Philadelphia (7/13/20, thanks, Bob, hope to see you at the tailgates again this fall); Previous: Jon E. from Cincinnati 6/15/20, our first donation this calendar year (thanks, Jon); Earlier, John from Landenberg; Kurt B., Wyomissing Hills, PA (former Temple player, 10-15-19) Earlier: David B. , Springfield, PA (9/26/19 … thanks, Dave!) also John from Landenberg (9/21/19); Tom W., Palm Coast, Fla. (8/22/19, thanks Tom!! Also, 10 days earlier, Bob. C and Joe S. and, on June 26, first bowl MVP Mark B.
Earlier: Matt F., Philadelphia; Matt P. (former Temple player) John from Landenberg and Jon E. from Cincinnati
Jay M. no hometown found ; Earlier: William B. Chicago; John from Landenberg, ; Mark B, South Jersey, Joe S, Springfield, PA…,
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Temple must meet the challenge of aligning aspirations and expectations with demonstrated performance.
Pat Kraft articulated a vision for a Temple Football several years ago which included competing for conference championships and annual appearances in the Top 25. Shouldn’t we expect better than average results and yearly improvements in facilities, budgets, and program maturity?
Recently both Houston and ECU fired coaches who didn’t meet their expectations.
Temple’s weakness starts at the top with the BOT. The lack of commitment and inconsistent support are barriers to achieving internal alignment. Inconsistent and poor performance is normal for Temple. Why? Key stakeholders tolerate it.
Most of our BOT members are politically appointed officials who have very little skin in the game. They are not accountable by any means and have a passing interests.
There is a gigantic difference between going to the game, and going to the board room and implementing change..,
We are fighting the wrong fight.., we should attack the BOT at the strategic level and hold them accountable more so than MR at the tactical level.
Our program sucks because our BOT sucks.
KJ, some good points regarding the support from the top. Don’t think Temple will ever get like ECU and Houston with regards to coaching changes. Especially Houston, you would never see a coach let go after after back to back 7-5 seasons. I will say facilities are light years ahead of where they were when I was a student, I imagine the university could do more.
As for the tactical level, 6 games left to set that straight for this year. This team controls it’s own destiny right now.
One other area you didn’t mention was alumni support, not the folks who post here and the other blogs, but the majority of Temple alums in the area. Owl Club membership is pathetic for an alumni base the size of Temple. Increase that substantially and you add to the budget, most likely get a bump in season ticket sales and get a large voice to direct towards the BOT
It’s a chicken-or-egg situation with regards to alumni support. You get 34,005 into the stadium against a team you are a 16.5-point favorite against and you’ve got to close out the deal to keep them. The belief system with our alumni and our football program is just not there. Coming off a loss a MAC team in a bowl game, losing to a 16.5 underdog collapsed that House of Cards. Now, it’s a long road back to credibility.
I don’t think the BOT sees a ROI on football. When Temple hired Hardin, he had Navy consistently in the top 25 and had them as high as No. 2. Times have changed. Temple never will have the funds to hire a guy good enough to have been head coach at the No. 2 team in the country. It settles for assistant coaches.
Just think what Hardin could have done with the facilities our current coaches have.
Hardin’s weight room was in the basement of McGonigle Hall next to the bowling alley. Geasey Field was often taken over by lax and field hockey games, so football practice had to be moved over the graveyard on the rock-strewn field across the street. The big difference between then and now is Hardin’s genius and his all-star staff of Vince Hoch, Dick Bedesem, Al Wilson, Frank Massino, Pops Cleghorn, etc. The current guys cannot hold a candle to those guys. They squeezed every last ounce of ability out of the kids they had. In their day, would have made the play calls necessary to win the Memphis game. Our play-calling from the time the score went to 10-0 to the time the game was tied at 20-20 can only be described as horrific. I thought Satterfield was bad. That was ridiculous. Only having 3 non-losing seasons in 13 years at Temple qualifies Hardin for Sainthood, not just the College Football Hall of Fame (which he is in).
who makes the first commitment, the alumni or the BOT? who takes the giant leap of faith? Our BOT is pathetic and should be removed if they can’t figure out how to get a stadium built on campus..,
They have failed and continue to fail us…., BC, Rutgers, Maryland, Louisville, WVU, etc all were our peers. The BOT sat on their hands and watched the college football world pass us by., should alumni support incompetence?
History is repeating itself…, Houston and Cincy are now on the edge of passing us by.., how long should this bullshit go on? If the BOT could ever figure out how to lead the alumni support will follow..,
I retracted all of my pledges and will not give the university another dime absent of an articulated vision for Temple Athletics..,, throwing good money after bad is stupid.., what is one of the common definitions of insanity?
I love that picture of Coach Hardin, taken at Temple Stadium in early 1970’s. Anyone want to name the two other men in the picture? This same picture appears on the Linc message boards during home games
I looked at that photo carefully. Don’t know how anyone can make anything out of the other two guys in it. One is half a face; the other is the back of a guy’s head. Great photo of a young and vital coach Hardin, though.
Bob, I think the guy on the left is Henry Hynoski. Have no idea who the guy on the right is.
I was at the Vet for Coach Hardin’s last game vs ECU. Some Owls played less-than-mediocre. Coach Hardin was much too kind.
Lesson learned: if you take a torpedo, don’t abandon ship.
KJ, can understand where you are coming from with regards to the contributions. For me, I still do my annual contribution, only a couple of hundred $$, but having come to TU at the middle of Hardin’s tenure, I’ve experienced good and too much bad. Maybe I’m overly optimistic, but if my Contribution and other like it can keep us from going back to the days of the post game Monkees concerts that at least is a start.
Definitely is Hynoski. The other guy could be Coach John Drew. As far as the weight room goes. there was none until 1980 and all it was was a couple of benches in the football wight room. The team until then would use Pearson Hall’s weight room half a squad at the time. Like a lot of coaches of his generation, Hardin was not a weight guy and thought it made athletes muscle bound. Larry Kuharik changed his mind and that’s when weight lifting became a regular part of team activity. .
All the more frustrating to watch Rutgers in the B1G. 78-0 is worse than anything that even Jerry Berndt or Ron Dickerson put us through.
…not saying the score is ‘ok’ by any stretch but let Flood run your program for 4 years, then play 3 of the top 5 teams in the country in year 5 and see how things turn out. Most Rutgers fans knew this year and likely next will be similar to Schiano’s first 2 years at Rutgers. Ash was left with hardly any speed and zero depth, and we’ve lost 4 starters for the year including our main offensive and special teams threat.
I can definitely understand the flak we’re getting at the moment, but many forget it’s a marathon (unless CFB is ending this year). Many also seem to forget that 2 years ago we won a B1G-sponsored bowl game over UNC as well as the Lambert…not that any of that wins us games this year.
re: The Picture. The player behind Coach Hardin, who is just spoke to a few minutes ago, is Dan Lorenzini (Hyno is a good guess John). The guy to the right is yours truly.
I thought it was Hyno because he was No. 27,
Yes, Hyno was No. 27 and that sure looks like 27 to me.
Bad sign again this week; the betting line has moved against TU,
The line told me something last week and this line is saying the bettors have no confidence in the Owls. We do great on defense 90 percent of the time. We get killed on the other 10 percent when something catastrophic happens like someone gets by the first wave of Owls and there’s nobody back there to tackle him. On offense, we do dumb things like call 2 quarterback draws and a pass with a first-and-goal at the five. Bettors see this stuff and shake their heads.