Rooting for just one TU player who left

 

Great short video about a time where players were loyal to a coach.

We’re going to proceed under the assumption that there will be a college football season this fall.


The fact two Temple
defensive linemen the
last decade were NFL
first-round draft picks
indicates that another
AAC Defensive Player of
the Year award would have
moved Roche from a projected
No. 4 pick to a projected No. 1.
Someone was giving him very bad
advice if they told him a season
at Miami would have improved his
status over another at Temple

It could be an entirely different one than we’re used to (maybe one without crowds) but it will also be different in another way as well.

Rooting for at least one Temple player to succeed on another college team.

That player would be Toddy Centeio because he used the transfer portal the way it was meant to be used as someone who wasn’t starting and succeeding at his former school but looking for an opportunity to move up at another.

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Sorry, not going to root for Quincy Roche or Kenny Yeboah to succeed at Miami or Ole Miss because they used Temple, not the system. Temple did all of the hard work recruiting and developing them, giving them a chance to shine and they thanked the school by going to another school.

The transfer portal never was meant for starters and guys who were relatively happy in their prior locations. There was no sign that Roche was anything but a team player here and happy to be with his teammates. The fact two Temple defensive linemen the last decade were NFL first-round draft picks indicates that another AAC Defensive Player of the Year award would have moved Roche from a projected No. 4 pick to a projected No. 1. Someone was giving him very bad advice if they told him a season at Miami would have improved his status over another at Temple.

Same with Yeboah. A statisical analysis shows Temple threw to the tight end more than Baylor (his first transfer choice) and Ole Miss (his second). I kind of doubt that Kenny will catch more than 19 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns down there. I suspect he would have done more here.

Hard lessons, though, are learned the hard way.

Not rooting for either one to fall flat on their faces, but if Roche sacks anyone in an ACC game don’t expect me to get up from my seat and applaud. Hell, I’ll probably turn the channel.

Centeio, on the other hand, I hope throws a zillion touchdown passes and runs for 1,000 yards and leads Colorado State to a bowl game. His advancement here was blocked by a better player who won the job fair and square.

The only time I won’t be rooting against him is if Colorado State plays Temple in a bowl game and there’s no reasonable bowl tie-in scenario where that happens.

Saturday: Real football (sorta)

5 thoughts on “Rooting for just one TU player who left

  1. I’m sure this will draw the ire…”it’s a business”, what’s good for the coach’s is good for the player’s…sorry, old school here. The grinding, the weight-room, film, practice, classes and most importantly the friendships. For me, (old school) loyalty never dies. Once an Owl…always an Owl. Turncoat comes to mind. I agree Todd used the system as intended and I wish him well.

    • Good points. After seeing him go down against UNC, I wanted Roche back in the game but the thought occurred to me if the injury was serious he would definitely eschew the NFL draft for another year at Temple. I thought he was a gonner to the NFL, not Temple, when he came back into the game. But going to another school has a definitely strong “stab in the back feel.” Going to another school that is on Temple’s schedule has a stab in the back and a shot to the head feel. C’mon, bro, even Benedict Arnold wasn’t that kind of turncoat.

  2. These are young guys who have to think about their futures
    Even so I can’t get over Roche
    He wants to line up against his teammates instead of with them
    He’s got some treason in him for sure

  3. Forget Roche. As Mike said and I said months ago, the portal was not meant for starters. Also starters shouldn’t leave especially their last year unless there is a legitimate hardship. Yea, I get that players have to do what they think is best for them but it isn’t as if playing for TU makes you an unknown. It also is a loyalty thing not so much to the school but to your teammates who helped you succeed. He will get less playing time at Miami and also won’t have the stats he had at TU because he will be facing NC quality tackles in almost every game. The NC tackle destroyed him in the bowl game.
    Finally, why go to a school with a coach who, so far has been less than mediocre even though he had top fifteen talent. T

  4. What comes around goes around. I see Achilles tears for both Roach and Yeahblowme.

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