Last donation: Heriberto S., McDonough, GA, 4/24/23 (thanks, Heriberto!!) Two on 4/14/23 (thanks to Joe F. and Ross M. ); Tom W., Palm Coast, Fla. 2/18/23 (thanks, Tom!!!)Ed P., Yardley, Pa. (1/9/23; thanks, Ed,) Lawrence S., West Chester, Pa., 12/28/22, our first contribution in over a month (thanks Larry, this will help in having to replace the printer we purchased in the summer that went on the fritz); Bob C., Chadds Ford, Pa., 11/27/22 (thanks Bob, our first contribution since September) Ed P., Perkasie, Pa. who donated 9/24/22 at the UMass game and Ed and I both remember and love Pennridge coach Wayne Helman; Joe S. (Delaware County), 9/3/22 (thanks Joe, hope to see you at Lafayette or RU); James G. (thanks James and for all the great posts you make on this site),, 7/29/22: Matt P. (former Al Golden player, thank you Matt for the generous donation it will be put to good use as we will explain in Monday’s post), 6/9/22; Matt F., Horsham, Pa. (thanks, Matt!!), June 6, 2022; David, B., Milton, DE (thanks, Dave), April 11, 2022: Andy B., Philadelphia, Pa. (our first donation of 2022, thanks Andy), March 3, 2022; Ed P., Yardley, Pa. 12/25/21 (thanks, Ed for the Christmas donation); Matt F., no hometown found (“a celebratory donation for Carey’s firing”), 11/30/21 thanks, Matt; Jon E., Cincinnati, Ohio, 11/29/21 (thanks, Jon for the donation and the great comments on this site); James G., Royersford, Pa. 11/28/21 (thanks, Jim, for the donations and your comments on the website); Anonymous (no home town given but donation really appreciated), 11/20/2021; Roger D., Rehoboth Beach,, Del., 10/24/21; Joe S., Drexel Hill, Pa. 10/3/21 (thanks, Joe) At the BC game (9/18), John from Landenburg (thanks, John for being a great friend of this site for so many years); Three Aug. 21 donations: Eric A (former player), Atlanta, Ga; Anonymous (by request), Cincinnati, Oh; Tim R., Buffalo, N.Y. (sincere thanks to all); David N., Silver Springs, Md (thanks Dave) 7/10/21; former Temple player Matt P., who lives in Columbus, GA now (thanks Matt) 7/9/21; Joe F., Philadelphia (4/7/11, thanks Joe) Matt F., Horsham, Pa., 3/27/21 (thanks, Matt); Jon E., Cincinnati, Ohio (1/31/21, thanks Jon) Ed P.,, Yardley, Pa. (thanks, Ed, much appredicated), 1/16/21; Mitchell S. , 12/21/20, our first contribution since (10/8) earlier, Former Owl Bruce G., Flourtown, Pa, who generously donated $100 in “honor” of the Ambler guy 10/8/20; (if they hate you in Ambler, we love you in Flortown,” BG says). Thanks, BG, we appreciate it; Earlier: James G., Philadelphia (7/21/20, thanks James) Robert B., Philadelphia (7/13/20, thanks, Bob, hope to see you at the tailgates again this fall); Previous: Jon E. from Cincinnati 6/15/20, our first donation this calendar year (thanks, Jon); Earlier, John from Landenberg; Kurt B., Wyomissing Hills, PA (former Temple player, 10-15-19) Earlier: David B. , Springfield, PA (9/26/19 … thanks, Dave!) also John from Landenberg (9/21/19); Tom W., Palm Coast, Fla. (8/22/19, thanks Tom!! Also, 10 days earlier, Bob. C and Joe S. and, on June 26, first bowl MVP Mark B.
Earlier: Matt F., Philadelphia; Matt P. (former Temple player) John from Landenberg and Jon E. from Cincinnati
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A few of us have been saying this for a long time Mike. If Temple wants to be serious about having solid competitive teams (especially football) then the trustees need to make a commitment to attain that. Some of the coaching choices of late have been more than inadequate, made with fingers crossed, hoping for the best. I still cannot believe that, for 2 mil a year, they could only come up with Carey. There were other coaches with better resumes out there (even right from the MAC) who would have jumped at the deal they threw at Carey. Was he really the only one, even on short notice, who would take the job (coaches jump at better deals on a dime) and considering the players we had on the roster at that time? I agree, the trustees are ultimately the ones who aren’t doing their jobs, who let this sloppy decision making persist. How come smaller, new programs seem to be able to make solid hires and have success early on? I’ve been seeing this for decades now with schools like Troy and Liberty and on and on and Temple still wallows around keeping themselves in at best mediocre results, with a few highlights once in a while. There’s really no excuse that satisfies explaining these less than decent choices. Same thing goes for not having an OCS by now. Signed: fed up!
Amazing that in five years schools like Coastal Carolina, Liberty, San Jose State, Buffalo (just to mention a few) have passed us like we were standing still..
Not standing still, Temple retreated.
The foundation for program success resides w/the BOT, Uni Pres, and AD. All three offices are derelict.
Who gave the green light for the Collins, Diaz, and Carey hires? The BOT. And, the interim president let Kraft make three disastrous hires. Screw a program and leave town, nice move Kraft!
Funny, but this is not hard. What research firm did Cincy, SMU, Coastal Carolina, etc., use to make their HC hires? If you can’t beat it, copy it!
Right now, who has the worse program in the AAC? USF, ECU, or Temple? We are stuck in conversations about the bottom of the barrel.
That is one main reasons why players are leaving. The program sucks and the future is dark w/another bottom third recruiting class coming in.
Screw opinion and focus on facts.
When Al Golden was here, he took great pride in having the No. 1 MAC recruiting class two of three years and brought that up to the crowd on signing night. It’s a selling point because no matter how “over the moon” (Carey’s words) you are about a recruiting class, it’s nice to have independent validation and at least places like Rivals and Scout take off the Cherry-colored glasses when providing an objective analysis. Golden worked his ass off on the recruiting trail and, more importantly, kept the players in the building bought into his system.
It’s a little unfair to say that Golden kept layers here. When Golden was here there was no portal and it was almost impossible to get a waiver of the transfer one year sit out rule. Nevertheless, Carey has to do improve recruiting dramatically. I agree that there is no administrative leadership. Kraft was all smoke and the former president was out to lunch when it came to athletics. In the end the coaching hires have stunk and to be honest, he got lucky with Rhule.
I hope Carey is on top of this but I have my doubts. We need a few of these guys: https://n.rivals.com/news/transfer-tracker-best-available-dl-in-the-portal
Krafty didn’t hire Rhule — he inherited him. Did Krafty make one good hire?? I’ll wait. Don’t give me McKie either — too early and anyone who knows the teal story will tell you Krafty didn’t want McKie. They went after Patrick Ewing/err Rick Brunson. Agree with you that he was all smoke.
True. Bradshaw hired Rhule. The late great Al Shrier pinholed Bill and said, “Bill, listen to me … Hire … Matt … Rhule” Bradshaw told that story on the day Rhule got hired. Great story. Mr. Shrier was there and smiled ear to ear.
Despite granny’s fussin and feudin, Jed still hit bubblin crude and fetched a cement pond. I reckon Carey can fetch a pig in a poke who can put up 1,000 yards.
Granny fact. Despite playing buddy epsen’s mother in law, irene Ryan was only 4 years older than buddy
On Facebook, someone responded to one of Mike;s posts that we have to be patient because both Carey and Mckie are new. I disagreed, writing ( I made one change below because I mistakenly thought Kraft hired Rhule):
Joe. I think the problem is that the men’s BB and football were in decline well before the last two respective BB and football seasons. Kraft did a horrendous job in hiring coaches. He threer three were hires (Collins, Diaz, and McKie) were based on who knows what and were and are outright disasters. While I agree that Carey should not be harshly judged on the past season because of covid restrictions, signs aren’t good. Although it is not known why several starters have decided to leave, it is not wrong to infer that Carey played some role in their decisions. Also, his recruiting was ranked 93rd this past signing day. That is simply not acceptable. McKie’s selection was bad because the administration should have conducted a national coaching search given the long and proud history of the program. They should have contacted Rick Pitino who could have been gotten cheap because he was dying to get back to the U.S to coach. Selecting McKie was just lazy and uninspired especially because he was on the staff as the program sank into mediocrity. He has shown nothing as a recruiter and had zero experience as a head coach. On top of that, he had almost as many players defect from a team of twelve as Carey has had from a team of 85. Frankly, the athletic program is in shambles. I agree that grades do matter but so does winning. TU athletics were known for doing more with less and now they are doing less with more despite the fact that the facilities have never been better. What is most troubling is that the drop in quality could not be occurring at a worse time. In a couple of years the TV contracts are up and the P-5 may do one last consolidation by requiring that all conferences go to 16 teams, which means that some G-5 schools will get promoted so to speak. Having mediocre football and BB teams doesn’t help in receiving an invitation especially when it appears that the athletic department is foundering. Just look at how badly, they bungled the stadium which was supposed to have just celebrated its second birthday. TU athletics is at a crossroads and it appears that they are taking the wrong road by remaining silent and apparently doing nothing at a time when leadership is required if for nothing other than to calm down a jittery fan base that sees only more losses in the coming seasons.
The person I responded to bleeds Cherry and White and is as big a supporter as you’ll find anywhere.
Agree. Iona or Temple? Would not have been a tough call for Rick who was instrumental in getting Temple accepted to the Big East for basketball (albeit briefly). Ironically, we have four pool tables in the relatively new $50 million basketball facility. I kid, I kid about the pool table but this is a pretty good story and I LOVE how well-versed about TEMPLE FOOTBALL Rick Pitino is:
Remember the feeling you had walking into the parking lot on College GameDay? Temple students, alumni, and Philly fans were going crazy..,
It has been done, and can be done again w/the right leadership. Leadership is the remedy for almost all f’d up situations.
Among the BOT, Uni Pres, AD, and HC.., what office has stepped up and accepted responsibility for this mess? Instead we have excuses, City Council, Covid, the portal, etc., etc.,
Watch a track meet and you’ll see hurdlers jump over the hurdles. Why, because they must in order to compete.
The BOT can’t jump over the City Council hurdle for an OCS, Carey said he lost to Covid and star players went to the portal.
Temple can’t jump.
Coastal Carolina had no problems clearing those hurdles and neither should we
Coastal Carolina is in South Carolina, with less government, taxes, and communist activists. Myrtle Beach boasts good seafood, nightlife, golf, hotels, and beaches. North Philly has little to offer fans, players, or coaches.
I love your blog. Love your long standing commitment and passion to Temple and its football program.
I’m really displeased with the direction of the program and the gameday coaching. Your points regarding RPO and matching your talent to scheme are spot on.
I’d like to offer a another perspective on the wholesale migration to different programs we’re witnessing of Temple players and coaches. Frankly stated… why shouldn’t they? Everybody else did. In fact, the NCAA structure encourages it. Of the many players who have entered the transfer portal, how many coaches have they witnessed leave for more opportune pastures? Even the Dr. Kraft utilized the current landscape to move to the “next level’. With the playoff structure designed to maintain the prominence of the P5 and a handful of programs there is little incentive to stick around… and if I have an opportunity to sell my wares to the NFL why not do it where I know I’m taken seriously – warranted or not.
Coach Carey needs to do better. The NCAA needs to open up the playoffs so other conferences and teams can sustain a program and be competitive.
Thanks, Mike, for caring about Temple Football so deeply.
Let’s go fishing …..
Lets go fishing …..
Tale of Two Cities, Philly vs Cincy. Temple lost star players to the P5. Cincy lost third team players to lesser schools.
TUFB Stars to the P5:
Roche, Yeboah, IGM, Maijeh, Russo, Ebiketie, Davis, and counting..,
Compare the Temple transfer page to the Cincy page, and the Tale of Two Cities unfolds.
How can anyone refute Carey lost the locker room? Carey can’t jump.