Best of TFF: Arians’ Reaction to win over PSU

For our vacation week, we are running a three-part series on the most-read stories in Temple Football Forever history. Here is one on Bruce Arians’ reaction to the win over Penn State published in 2015:
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When Bruce Arians led the Arizona Cardinals to a late-season upset of the Seattle Seahawks two years ago, it was the final loss of the season for the Seahawks on the way to winning the Super Bowl. The question for Arians then was a natural one as someone in the press room asked him if that was his biggest win as a head coach. Arians paused for a second and said, no, his biggest win as a head coach came at Temple when the Owls broke a 39-year losing streak to Pittsburgh in the 1984 season.

So, of all the congratulatory messages pouring into third-year Temple head coach Matt Rhule after a 27-10 upset of Penn State on Saturday, the one posted by Arians on his twitter page was priceless:

Rhule had one-upped Arians in the sense that he broke a longer streak over another in-state rival in Penn State (after a 74-year drought), so the two men have been in the same shoes at the same place. No one knew more what a win over Penn State could do for the Temple program than Arians, who said the first question asked of him at his first Temple press conference was, “Why does Temple even play football?” Like the presser after the Seattle game two years ago, Arians paused before a thoughtful response: “To beat Penn State.” Arians came close twice, losing to nationally-ranked Nittany Lions’ teams, 23-18, in 1983 and 27-25 to what would become an 11-1 PSU team in 1984, but never quite got over the hump.

Now that Rhule did, Arians used both twitter and the phone to express his satisfaction with the result. Rhule took the call and said, “Yes sir, thank you sir.” to a guy who was a young coach at Temple once, too. Rhule said he did not know what else to say to the NFL coach of the year. Then Rhule went out to the parking lot at Lincoln Financial Field and presented the game ball to another former Temple coach, College Football Hall of Fame member Wayne Hardin, who came close a few times against Penn State but, like Arians, could not get over the hump.

In the fraternity of college coaches, and the circle of life, all three coaches will now share a pretty neat memory forever because only those three fully understand the magnitude of the moment.

Friday: That Championship Season

5 thoughts on “Best of TFF: Arians’ Reaction to win over PSU

  1. another reason why that uniform should be worn in all home games

  2. Doesn’t matter. I’m a fan of this blog and it ticks me off there are no other Temple blogs, especially when the editor, writer and entire staff of one takes a week off. Have a great time, Mike. Enjoyed reading this story about Arians and look forward to a great fall.

  3. One more thing: I think Geoff Collins’ self-proclaimed “ridiculous” team is going to have a much easier time in Boston that BC imagined.

  4. Nova had more to do with Temple getting ousted from the Big East than anyone else and then, after readmittance, it all blew up in their face because they couldn’t read the tea leaves? Temple has been shooting themselves in the foot for a long time and It’s mostly their own damn fault. Including dropping several primary sports that just about every other school, with football nationwide, maintains. TU’s once proud athletics program is therefore diminished but this is acceptable by the administration? Give me a break.

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