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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Dave, Ocean City, N.J.; James, Chalfont; Ross, Garden City (N.Y.); Schmitty, Ocean City, N.J.; Sarge (via Schmitty);
Broad Street Leon; Martin, Encino (Calif.); John, Boston; Mike, Susannanoa, N.C.; Francis, Lansdale; Tom L., Charlottesville, Va.; Mark, Gilbertsville, Pa.; Frank, Sebastian, Fla.; George, Toms River, N.J.; Tom, Branchburg, N.J.; Chris, Philly (our first Philly donation!); John, Landenberg, Pa.; Tom S. East Norriton, Pa.;
Letter from Coach Collins:
I am so excited to write to you as the new Head Coach of the Temple Owls. It has been a very fast-paced few weeks on the job and I anxiously await the opportunity to pace the sidelines as the leader of OUR football team.
This football team has won 10 games in each of the past two seasons, went to the American Athletic Conference Championship game each year, and won the conference championship last month. Temple also has been bowl eligible in six of the last eight seasons.
A winning culture and sustained success in college football is a product of four very diverse groups coming together for a common goal. You need a solid coaching staff, high character student-athletes who work hard on and off the field, a commitment from the university’s leadership, and a supportive group of alumni and fan base.
I came to Temple because all of those things are in place. We battle some of the best teams in college football and plan on bringing more championship seasons to our faithful and devoted fans. This season, we look forward to repeating as champions and to continuing to build upon the exciting football culture that is the new standard for Temple.
Temple has been known for an aggressive defense and that will continue. We will impose our will on other teams and inflict mayhem on the opposition with the best safety tandem in the country in Sean Chandler and Delvon Randall. On the other side of the ball, we will run a pro-style offense that exploits all of our weapons and we are certainly stocked with talent. Ryquell Armstead returns as does our entire receiving corps led by Ventell Bryant, Keith Kirkwood and Adonis Jennings.
This year, we need your continued support to make Lincoln Financial Field the toughest place to play in the conference. Bring the juice! Over the past two seasons, Temple has notched an 11-2 home record – let’s win them all this year and bring the American Athletic Conference Championship game to Philadelphia!
Our team, staff, program, and University are extremely grateful for your loyalty and support as a season ticket holder. Please join us in 2017 as we attack our opponents and showcase our Temple Pride!
Head Football Coach
Would have loved to see the name Nick Sharga in that letter.
1934 is too long ago to be relavant today – ’79 is more relavant but fading. The ’79 team couldn’t win a conference because they were an independent at the time. So, to me, that squad is still the hall mark of Temple’s best. Bowl invite with much fewer bowls, bowl win (against a PAC10 team), ending in the top25, 10 wins in fewer games and a tougher schedule. As great as these last 2 years have been, setting certain precedents like 2 consecutive 10-win seasons, the endings to these recent seasons have been dissappointing. The Owls program is in a better place for a longer period of time at present than ever before, but still hasn’t matched that ’79 squads success. And Mike, the biggest thing Temple can do now is to CONTINUE with their present success. They may never get into a P5 conference, but for Temple the AAC suites them just fine.
“They may never get into a P5” …
I’m going to add to that statement by saying at least not in the next decade, after that, it seems more likely with conference realignment.
Bring the juice! I always bring the juice.
I think coach Collins was referring to Diet Mountain Dew.
Coach’s letter was well done. By why not send it to the season ticket holders? For that matter, send it to everyone that has bought a ticket to a TUFB game that the AD’s office can find. (Assume ticket agencies for major games in 2015 and the 2016 Champioship and Bowl games have email addresses of ticket purchasers.)
They did send it to ticket holders. That’s why it was written.
First time since I’ve been following that a coach has come on and addressed matters. That’s something new and good. While it covered generalities, he did commit to a physical style. Now to recruit the players who can make it happen.
Numbero, even if Temple gets into a P5 conference “in the next decade” who knows what the college football landscape will be like then. My comment was a general statement based on things that have happened up to now, such as when there has been realignment in the Big 10, ACC or Big 12 Temple wasn’t even listed as a possibility. Up tp now Temple has frankly been disrespected – maybe for good reason (low attendance, no campus stadium, pretty bad football history, etc.) Maybe within the next decade if Temple can keep up their present success coupled with the Philly market (altho Philly is widely known as a pro town) maybe it could happen. But other AAC schools from sizeable cities are also under consideration: Cincy, Tulsa, Houston, Memphis, Orlando, etc. Like I said, for now, the AAC is a very good fit for Temple from a competition standpoint (in all sports) and possibly may be the best they can get. We’ll see. And heck, do we want to become another Rutgers who, for now, got in over it’s head? A couple years success and everybody wants bigger and better. Temple needs to prove they can handle more first.
“become another Rutgers”
…if Temple was offered a spot in the B1G right now and you think you would say anything other than “Yes, where do I sign?”, you are beyond kidding yourself. This thing is a marathon, not a sprint.
Here’s a reality check fr Rutgers, yeah they got big dollars to be another Purdue, Indiana and Illinois in football. You can ask these programs how well the marathon is going.
The difference between Temple and Rutgers is that winning means more to the Temple administration than it does the Rutgers’ administration. Rutgers did not “graduate” from the AAC. In fact, it could not compete in the AAC in the final years of its existence with the AAC/Big East. Houston went into RU and hammered RU. Other current AAC schools had their way with Rutgers. Hell, even a 2-10 Temple team would have won at Rutgers if a first-year head coach knew that a quarterback sneak behind future NFL center was probably the best call on 4th and inches.
TU would become another Rutgers in a microsecond. 40 million a year would guarantee the future for every sport and likely would result in enough bribe money to guarantee the erection of a stadium.
Badley, here’s your reality check- Temple, after winning the AAC, just went to the same bowl game it did when it finished 3rd in the MAC. I’ll take my chances as a ‘Purdue, Indiana or Ilinois’, especially since all 3 have been to better bowl games and captured more attention as mid-level B1G teams than you did as AAC champion (not even getting into the resources/exposure points because it’s that obvious).