One of the things that makes me proudest to have my Temple B.A is that you also get an honorary degree in B.S on graduation day.
There’s nothing like going to college and living in the heart of a hard-scrabble (emphasis on scrabble) city to sharpen your bullshit meter.
Just about everybody I know who has a Temple degree is able to separate the bullbleep from the regular bleep. For instance, the Bruce Arians’ guys who tailgated on the first Cherry and White Day of the Steve Addazio Era told me that Daz was a phony they could spot a mile away and compared him to Jerry Berndt. They loved Arians. They hated Berndt.
The Steve Conjar tailgate group never warmed up to Geoff Collins for some very good reasons. Collins thought Temple football did not exist prior to Al Golden. Upon being introduced to Paul Palmer, the Minister of Mayhem said this:
“Hey, coach, nice to meet you. What high school do you coach for?”
He had no idea he was talking to arguably the greatest player in Temple football history.
Can’t imagine Nick Saban having the same conversation with Joe Namath.
Have you seen the promised Mayhem yet?
I didn’t think so.
All I got was a lousy cotton T-Shirt that I paid $33 for and a “darkside defense” that allowed far too many points this season. Collins was a big fat blip on the bullbleep radar that should have been shot down by the committee two years ago.
Everybody has that kind of radar except the Temple Football Search Committee, if there is indeed one.
They didn’t spot Steve Addazio.
They didn’t spot Geoff Collins.
They didn’t spot Manny Diaz.
As good a regular artist as Norman Rockwell was, that’s how good a bullbleep artist those three are.
So why was I not surprised that the name “Joe Rudolph” came up on Tuesday and “he was impressive” in the interview?
My first reaction was “are they going to let another assistant coach bullshit his way into the Temple job?”
Geez, I hope not.
The criteria this time should simply be this: Deeds over words.
It’s that simple. Temple is looking for a head coach, not an assistant coach, and this time the university has the big bucks to pay an accomplished guy for the job and not roll the dice on another assistant.
Rudolph, to me, is not an exciting name because no one knows what his responsibilities are/were at Wisconsin. We hear that head coach Paul Chryst called all the plays and he probably did.
If Rudolph shined in an interview process, it was probably because he said what the committee wanted to hear.
One exciting name emerged
yesterday and it wasn’t
Rudolph. It was Eastern
Michigan coach Chris Creighton …
He would fit right in here
and maybe take Temple TUFF
up a notch. He’s that good.
“Will you keep Fran Brown?”
“Yeah, I love the guy.”
“How about Ed Foley?”
“Yeah, me and Ed would work well. Love that speech that went viral.”
“How about Gabe Infante?”
“Who? Yeah, him, too.”
“What about the other assistants?”
“I know some of the best people. Great minds. All FBS coordinators. I’m going to bring those guys in here. No FCS guys like Collins.”
“You’re doing great, Joe. What about commitment to Temple? Will you be outta here in two or three years.”
“Nope. If I sign a five-year contract, I’m staying the full five years. When I played with the Eagles, I’d go up and down Broad Street and see those Temple flags and think to myself, ‘I’d love to coach there one day. That’s my dream school.’ ”
The lesson of Daz, Diaz and Collins to take away is to avoid the silver-tongue devil promising the world and gravitate to the better angels who have a track record. This time, Temple should look at what the guy has done not what he tells the school he will do.
One exciting name emerged yesterday and it wasn’t Rudolph.
It was Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton. There is no more impossible place to win than EMU. If you have been there, and I have, you know there are literally no more than 1,000 or 2,000 people at any home game. I’ve watched that team and it plays with a toughness level very similar to Temple. He would fit right in here and maybe take Temple TUFF up a notch. He’s that good.
For him to have taken that team to Purdue and win and to two bowl games in three years is more impressive than anything Addazio and Collins did at Temple.
If you are going to make a splash, go get that guy or Lance Leipold. Guys who have done pretty impressive things in the very job Temple is looking to fill. Don’t let another bulls hitter talk his way into a job that should be earned.
You are Temple. Act like it. After Diaz, everyone’s bullbleep radar should be on DEFCON 1.
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