Hope every single Temple football fan has a healthy and happy Christmas.
So far, though, at least from a football perspective, the only thing head coach Rod Carey has found under the tree is coal.
Somebody keeps stealing his nice living room furniture mostly procured by a current NFL head coach (err, players) and the tree doesn’t look quite the same in an empty room.
The coaching staff rallying cry for the last month at the $17 million Edberg-Olson facility (it cost $7 million to build with a $10 million addition in 2010) is FEBU (f*ck everyone but us) but the only “but us” left seems to be nothing other than a glorified scout team so the boast appears to be an empty one. Let’s put it this way. Rudy was a great story for Notre Dame but a team full of Rudys would not have been.
Temple has Branden Mack, Jaden Blue, a transfer from Georgia and a team full of Rudys. Hmm. Who knows how long Mack and Blue stick around?
I haven’t checked the portal this morning. I probably won’t for awhile. Too depressing.
That’s why the job of winning in 2021 got harder. So far, by my count, at least seven starters (probably seven of the best nine PLAYERS on the team) have went out the back exit with only two potential good ones coming in the front door. It was imperative to stop the bleeding in order for the Owls to even get to the modest .500 record (which, theoretically over 60 FBS teams are able to do). Now, it looks like 2-10 is a distinct possibility unless the Owls score big with the remaining players in the portal and that’s assuming nobody else leaves, a huge assumption.
Did Temple pay $2 million per year for a 1-6 and 2-10 head coach? So far, it looks like it and it’s not a good look. The recruiting website 247.com reports that Temple is by far the school most hurt by the transfer portal.
Carey needs to roll up his sleeves and sign the top available P5 players, not G5 players, not FCS players, to stop the bleeding and start the healing.
There are three four-star defensive linemen still in the portal (as of this writing) and it would be nice if Carey and company could get at least one:
DE-Charles Moore is a 6-4, 275-pound edge rusher from Oregon State. Defensive end did not seem like an area of need a couple of weeks ago, but it is now that Temple’s top edge rusher, Arnold Ebetitke, left the building on Wednesday.
DT-Ellison Jordan, Penn State. Jordan was a four-star signee but hasn’t worked his way into the rotation for the Nittany Lions. He would be an immediate starter here since both starting tackles passed up their final years at Temple.
DT-Brant Lawless-Sherrill, North Carolina. Lawless-Sherrill is a four-star 6-1, 290-pounder who, like just about all of his teammates, had a great game against Temple in the 2019 Military Bowl.
There are at least five three-star linebackers still left in the portal. The Owls need to get at least two of a group that includes Anthony McKee (Pitt), Griffin Grady (Wisconsin), Jon Smith (UNC), Xander Gagnon (Duke) and Evander Craft (Toledo). Craft had offers from three Power 5 schools in his final five.
The value of assigned stars is that independent Power 5 coaching staffs have already done talent evaluations on the above players before bringing them in and that’s less work for the Carey staff to do.
Less work, because cleaning that coal off the floor is going to be job one. It’s an industrial strength cleaning job and we don’t know if the spill accidents are even over yet.
Monday: Who’s Minding the Store?