Carey on Foley: Plausible Deniability


Carey’s litmus test going forward is to protect these other three guys and give them room to thrive.

A few weeks ago we wrote that Rod Carey had some “splaining to do” after the incident that caused Temple football to be jettisoned from a loyal soldier, Ed Foley.

The explanation came in a recent Marc Narducci story where Carey said that he had “too many offensive coaches on the field, including myself” and wanted to put a talented young defensive assistant, Tyler Yelk, on the field.

Narducci has been on fire recently, with a piece stating that Isaiah Wright wants an expanded role and another giving detail on Manny Diaz’s departure from Temple, but his stories detailing both sides of the Foley issue might have been the best of the summer.

Foley said he was leaving to go “with someone I trust and respect” and the implication was that he did not trust and respect Carey.

Then Narducci came back with Carey’s side of the story. 

A lot of fans, this one included, are still irked that Foley is gone but, given Carey’s explanation, it makes sense.


Pretty much every Temple fan now watching how Carey treats our beloved trio of Adam DiMichele, Fran Brown and Gabe Infante.

One, Foley could have remained in an off-field capacity if he wanted and both men admitted that. Two, Temple did seem to be top-heavy with offensive coaches in a program that, as Carey has said, “hangs its hat on defense.”

Plausible deniability should Foley’s absence be felt this season. By that, I mean deniability that he’s trying to get rid of the Temple holdovers in favor of NIU guys. The litmus test going forward for Carey is to protect the other three guys (Fran Brown, Gabe Infante and Adam DiMichele) and give them a chance to thrive at Temple. Rod, we’re watching you. 

The bottom line is that Temple, which generally never had to worry about special teams, has one more thing to worry about now. That’s why Carey gets paid the big bucks, though, to make sure everything runs smoothly, including special teams.

The Owls have a serviceable kicker in Will Mobley, who did a nice job when Boston College transfer Aaron Boumerhi had a hip flexor last year. Boomer had the range, while Mobley was essentially a solid extra point kicker. They also have the nation’s best returner, Isaiah Wright, so the special teams should be OK.

Where I think Temple fans will really notice Foley gone is in the area of blocked punts, field goals, and extra points. Foley consistently had the Owls in the nation’s top 10 in those categories because he was an aggressive coach who went after kicks. There is little in Carey’s history to suggest NIU was anywhere near as consistent in that area as Temple was.

When Al Golden got here and brought Foley with him, he said special teams were as important as offense and defense and he practiced what he preached. Let’s hope Carey continues that tradition. 

Monday: Up Against The Walls

22 thoughts on “Carey on Foley: Plausible Deniability

  1. Again, Fran Brown sleeps with one eye open. Brown is as good as gone next year.

    Will Temple be able to keep the two Foley 2020 OL recruits from Europe?

    What’s up w/Ayron Monroe? He is not listed on the roster.

    • Is it your opinion or facts , that Fran Brown is leaving next year ?

      • I think that’s KJ’s opinion. My opinion (informed by a person I trust) is that one of the reasons he came back was that Kraft promised Fran HE (not Foley) would be the next interim head coach if Carey left and that was a delicious enough carrot to be enticed to come back. To me, a Temple bowl WIN under an interim coach probably gets Fran the next job. It’s worth the risk. I think he rides it out here.

    • After all, Brown left Baylor to come back to Temple.

    • Wouldn’t worry about Monroe. He’s been spotted walking around on campus carrying books (I assume to lighten his credits load for the fall) and taking classes. The official camp roster doesn’t come out until Friday so you will likely see him there then.

  2. Just saw that UConn agreed to pay 17 million to exit the AAC. They agreed to pay 5 million more than league rules called for to leave a year earlier. They have just committed sports suicide. The Big East is essentially irrelevant without football.

    • Football drives the bus and they just got out of the transportation business. What happens if they go into the big East and are as mediocre there as they have been the last few years in the aac?

    • Aresco folded too early, UCONN should have paid north of $20M.

      • But it gets a bad football team off everyone’s sos. And doesn’t become a lingering distraction. Why haggle over $3 million if you want them out as much as they want to leave? UConn should be dropping fb, but they’re stupid and poorly run so they can’t see that all hey spent already is a sunk cost and shouldn’t have impacted their future moves.

  3. When does summer camp start? It’ll be interesting reading. How will Carey runs the show. I hope our student athletes stay healthy and buy into the new program better than the previous regime. It should be another challenge: seven coaches in 10 years is hard on players and fans.

    Ed’s two bowl appearances dashed my high hopes.

    • Aug. 2. As far as Ed, his tenure at Temple was embodiment of the Peter Principle: He twice rose to the level of respective incompentence (interim head coach). Perfectly compentent, even outstanding, in his levels below HC.

  4. UConn move may cost conference ESPN bucks. This article confirms for me that the league is looking for a replacement. As Mike suggested, if BYU is willing, snap them up. They’re independent and won’t cost the league transfer costs. By the way, in addition to the 17 million to the league, UCONN will pay the Big East 10 million entry fee. He’ll, with that money they could have upgraded the football team. This move really does nothing for UCONN.

    • could the Big Ten kick Rutgers out for not being competitive ?

      IMHO BYU and Army will stay independent. Buffalo, UMass, or Appalachian St should be on the short list

      • What in God’s name would UMass add to the conference?

      • As long as Indiana is playing football in the Big10, Rutgers isn’t going anywhere.

        UMass is irrelevant and adds neither competitive nor marketing value to the AAC. I would invite Marshall instead . Regardless of their media market .

  5. Amy’s addition would affect the Army Navy game. They both make a fortune on the game and I don’t believe either would agree to make it a regular season game. As it stands now they have the college football tv landscape to themselves and neither would want to change that given its influence on future enrollment. I also don’t think they would agree to playing each other twice in a season during the three years when the teams play alternate other division opponents. UMass would be a big mistake although they would be an all-sport addition. Buffalo is a good choice but lack any pizzazz.other than the people in Buffalo I doubt that most of the country even knows that Buffalo is a D-1 team. Their attendance is atrocious and they travel horribly. It will be interesting to see who the new member will be.

    • They could push back scheduled games to accommodate a conference schedule and where have you seen any #’s that suggest their new ESPN deal would be “far exceeding” the AAC money?

      • I could see UConn, which needs games, just swapping out schedules with BYU should BYU decide to join AAC. BYU is getting a lot less from ESPN than the $7 million each AAC school is getting although I can’t find the exact figures.

      • I think I saw $4 million a year somewhere. I also saw in Salt Lake times an unnamed quote that the exposure on the network was more valuable to BYU people than the actual dollar amounts.

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