As many of you have noticed over the last few years, the Cherry and White game we’ve all known and loved has pretty much devolved into a glorified practice.
Sometime after Brandon McManus left, we did not see any field goals and that was followed by no kick returns after Matty Brown left and no punts after Alex Starczyk left. There hasn’t been a real sack in one of these games in 20 years with the quarterbacks off limits.
The game never really meant anything even before that but it was football and looked pretty much like the real thing.
Each time, though, the reminders were that the Cherry and White game was not a Cherry and White game but a Cherry and White day.
Getting rid of the game is one thing but getting rid of the day would be unacceptable.
That’s why what new head coach Rod Carey has done is a good thing, not a bad one. It’s been a practice for at least a good decade now so why not call it what it is? The goal of this whole exercise of spring ball is to get ready for the bad guys and having game conditions exacerbates the risk of injury to the good guys, something Carey found out early in his career at Northern Illinois.
Still, by going tomorrow (11:30 a.m., err, kickoff) at the Sports Complex we can learn a few things:
- What is this new offense for which Anthony Russo speaks? Just about every article talks about Russo and his teammates learning a “new” offense but not a single one I’ve read (and I think I’ve read them all) says just what the new offense is? Wishbone, triple option, spread, run/pass option, pro set? You think at least one reporter would have asked that question by now. We should get a good look on Saturday.
- Wouldn’t that be a nice spot for the new stadium? There will be thousands of Temple fans there and not one protester that they are there. The neighbors on the Broad and Master area are used to Temple hosting nearly 100 games in three sports at that site and the world did not end. They probably would not object to putting a football stadium there and having the uni use it only a half-dozen times a year.
- What will Mayhem be replaced by? There were a lot of defenders woefully out of position, particularly on gouging running plays by opposing offenses the last two seasons. That will always be Mayhem to me and not the good kind. Temple fans should get a new appreciation for the term “staying home” on defense with the first clues coming tomorrow.
After that, though, it’s a long time before we see Temple football players in full uniform so appreciate the day, if not the game.
Monday: Cherry and White Answers
Wednesday: Spring Recap
Friday: Checking Some Temple Boxes