In all sports, plugging holes—real or perceived—is part of The Process that allows a good team to become a great team.
In basketball, it’s a lot easier than football.
There are only 10 guys on the floor at a time and five of them are the good guys.
It’s a lot simpler if you are a Sixers’ fan today because all you have to do to supplant Boston in the NBA East over the next five years is get rid of Robert Covington and replace him with LeBron James.
For Temple football, it’s a little harder because there 11 good guys on the field at a time and more holes to plug.
Without a doubt, though, head coach Geoff Collins plugged the biggest defensive hole last week by getting a graduate transfer
The latest good guy is Rodney Williams, who not only started 21 games at the Power 5 level for Syracuse but is coming home to finish his career at Temple.
Safety, the position Williams plays, is area of need for the Owls. They have a projected first-round NFL draft selection in Delvon Randall holding down one spot and both other safeties, Benny Walls and Keyvone Bruton, have had outstanding springs.
Having a great spring is one thing.
Having a great career is another.
Williams has had a great career at Syracuse and he’s coming home to play for a guy in Collins who has an outstanding reputation of producing NFL-ready defensive backs.
Plus, Temple football has won a whole lot more games than Syracuse football has over the last three years and winning is more fun than losing.
The Owls were expected to have a good team this season. Williams and his play-making ability makes them significantly better.
Wednesday: Settling The Greatest Team Debate
Friday: Temple TUFF and Temple Soft