By Dave “Fizzy” Weinraub
After I sent out my piece, “The Green Flu,” I was contacted by someone very close to the situation at Temple. He informed me that one of the two Temple players I mentioned as “quitters,” was indeed ill. So to that player, I offer my sincere apology. As far as the other player who took himself out of the game, I guess it’s your point of view. You know that my view is you play every game you can with your brothers. Every football player knows there’s a chance of injury whenever you step on the field, but you probably put it out of your mind way back in ninth grade. There were some senior players who had been selected to play in further bowl games didn’t play, and some who did. Trace McSorley played last night until his leg almost fell off. (Of course, when I finished at Temple, the only organization interested in drafting me was the U.S. Army.)
There are two other factors. The first is the way the situation was handled. No one knew anything until game time. (At least that’s when I found out the guys weren’t playing.) If someone was taking himself out of the game, it should have been announced, not camouflaged. The second factor is that if coaches quit, then players should start looking out for themselves. I have no problem with that. Just tell us.
Our selection committee has a difficult task. After five defections, do they go for the best coach they can find, or hire someone who hasn’t yet proven himself but might stay longer? Just as you never know what high school player is going to succeed in college, you don’t know what assistant is going to make the grade as a head coach. Of course, even if you select the guy who hasn’t proven himself yet, who says he’s going to stay if he is successful? How about a pro coach who has already done it all? It’s a conundrum if there ever was one.
Another way to handle the situation is, at the hiring meeting, have Guido sit in the corner with his hands folded. (You all know Guido, he’s from South Philly. He looks like Michael Corleone’s guy who dressed in black and went after Hyman Roth.)
Praise The Lord Department
It has now been confirmed that Dave Patenaude is the offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech. Therefore, the Broad Street Offense is no more. It’s now the Peachtree Street Offense. The Georgia Tech fans have been waiting for a new offense, just wait till they get a load of this. The under/over on reverses for the 2019 season is “2.” For bootlegs, at the goal line it’s “1.”
The $6.5 Million Windfall
Last, I think Temple should take the $6.5 M, split it up and give it to all us Temple football alums with bad knees, bad backs and concussions.
Saturday: The Slower Pace