A Different Kind of Signing Day

 

Zamani Feelings found this gem of a video and sent it to us … enjoy.. over 20 years ago.

Just like Cherry and White Day and the season ticket-holder celebration, the first Wednesday in February has been a staple of the calendar of many Temple football fans.

Not this year.

Last month, I made a call to the athletic department asking if there was any sign-up deadline for fans attending this year’s event.

“We’re not having one this year,” the friendly but somewhat sad voice on the other end said.

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I was only slightly surprised because the Owls were hosting UConn in basketball last night and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to kill two birds, basketball and football, with one stone.

While the disastrous Manny Diaz hiring was a big part of this year’s reason, February signing days at Temple could go the way of the Dodo Bird.

You saw it coming two years ago when Geoff Collins pretty much wrapped up his class by the Bad Boy Mowers’ Bowl. He held a signing day on St. Petersburg Beach and that was that. They still had a February signing day, though, mostly for the fans to catch up. No catching up needed this year because no significant news was made between the first and second signing day.

This, like the anti-climatic bowl game,  could be the new norm at Temple.

Group of Five schools now have pretty much targeted the early December date as their primary target date. The reasoning is that if you have to wait on a player until February that player is probably waiting on a Power 5 offer anyway. If a player doesn’t want to be here, he’s probably not going to be a good player here.

The Owls were able to get 18 signatures on the dotted line by December and partly because Collins was handing out scholarships like candy to role players in a week or two before he left, they are now one over the 85 scholarship limit. That’s a problem The Minister of Mayhem left for Rod Carey to deal with.

In the meantime, hardcore Temple fans have one more free day on their schedule. Maybe next year’s ceremony will be held on the beach while preparing for a more meaningful bowl game.

We can only hope.

Five Players Already Enrolled:

Kennique Bonner Steward QB 6-3 215 Huntersville, N.C. William A. Hough
Re’Mahn Davis RB 5-9 222 San Francisco, Calif. Blair Academy
M.J. Griffin DB 6-1 189 Ypsilanti, Mich. Saline
Yvandy Rigby LB 6-2 205 Egg Harbor Twp., N.J. Egg Harbor Twp./Milford
Victor Stoffel OL 6-8 282 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm International

Not enrolled but expected by July: 

Simon Abedimungu DL 6-5 221 Rockville, Md. Richard Montgomery
Mahmud Dioubate ATH 6-2 180 Philadelphia, Pa. John Bartram
Jermaine Donaldson OL 6-4 300 Voorhees, N.J. Eastern Regional
Kwesi Evans WR 6-3 198 Parkville, Md. St. Frances Academy
Chris Fowx OL 6-6 300 Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Archbishop Stepinac
De’Von Fox WR 5-10 173 Maple Heights, Ohio Maple Heights
Thomas Joe-Kamara DB 6-0 191 Dayton, N.J. South Brunswick
Jordan Magee LB 6-3 208 Dover, Del. Dover
Wisdom Quarshie DL 6-3 310 Sicklerville, N.J. St. Joseph (Hammonton)
Edward Saydee ATH 5-11 189 Philadelphia, Pa. William Penn Charter
Jacoby Sharpe DL 6-3 240 Sugar Hill, Ga. Lanier
Nate Wyatt DB 6-1 176 Somerset, N.J. St. Joseph (Metuchen)

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16 thoughts on “A Different Kind of Signing Day

  1. Mike – Thanks for what you do here.

    There are a few transfer prospects out there right now that would greatly benefit Temple that were raised locally (e.g., Juwan Johnson, Naseir Upshur, Irvin Charles, Jonah Jackson) and past targets (e.g., Darnel Salomon). Has there been any news about pursuing or landing any of these folks? Hopefully, Carey and company are aware.

    Here is the current list: https://247sports.com/Season/2019-Football/TransferPortal/

  2. Just released schedule:

    TEMPLE
    Sat., Aug. 31 Bucknell
    Sat., Sept. 14 Maryland
    Sat., Sept. 21 at Buffalo
    Sat., Sept. 28 Georgia Tech
    Thu., Oct. 3 at ECU * (ESPN)
    Sat., Oct. 12 Memphis *
    Sat., Oct. 19 at SMU *
    Sat., Oct. 26 UCF *
    Thu., Nov. 7 at USF * (ESPN)
    Sat., Nov. 16 Tulane *
    Sat., Nov. 23 at Cincinnati *
    Sat., Nov. 30 UConn *

    Let us know what you think.

  3. The test for our new coaching staff: be 5-0 going into the Memphis game. It’s possible and sure would be nice.

  4. Bucknell ? Well, do we get xtra points in the AP top 25 for lining up against a Fierce Foe on the gridiron ?
    Why do I smell another ‘ Eye dee hoo ‘ matchup…

  5. why don’t they just schedule one of my old schools, Del Val ( U now )

    • That would be worse; find a p5 school playing a fcs school and have the two fcs schools play and have temple visit the p5 school

    • Del Val, Doylestown, my old stomping grounds. Anyone remember the Kotrell brothers back in the 60s?
      The Owls better put some whoop ass on the Bisons – we used to play them regularly back in the day.

      • My old school team Pennridge /Perkasie PA tried to beat CB then CBW and CBE when I was there.
        CB had QB named something like Ward and then Piciotti ( spelling pardon )

        Quakertown was really good back them also.

  6. For those Temple football historians –

    Bucknell and Temple played each other 44 consecutive seasons from 1927 to 1970 with the winner receiving “The Old Shoe.” The bronze statue of a football shoe was awarded to the winning school, which held it until the following year’s game. The Bison – who lead the all-time series 20-16-8 – are the most common opponent in Temple’s history.

  7. But they’re FCS level like Nova aren’t they Mike? If we’re going to schedule FCS games might as well play some of these schools too and Delaware again. Agreed it’s better not to, but if that’s what TU is going to do…..

    • Kevin ward….saw him hit a home run into where they park the buses beyond the cf fence at cbw..
      Also the no. 5 rated national qb in the same class with no. 1 John elway

  8. Cottrell Bros with a “C.” Both made it to the NFL. Ted’s the LB coach now with Birmingham in the AAF.

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