Depending upon the source, Temple’s administration is close to naming a “permanent” athletic director to replace the apparently disinterested Fran Dunphy.
Close could mean weeks or months. Knowing Temple as I do, it probably means longer than that but there is always hope.
One of those prominently mentioned is UAB’s Mark Ingram, who was one-time associate athletic director at Temple.
The Owls could do much worse.
Ingram was a frequent visitor to Lot K and ingratiated himself with many Owl fans with his personality.
The theory is that Ingram is much more suited to name a new head football coach than Dunphy should things fall off the rails as expected in 2021.
If Ingram names a head coach, it would probably be someone like Bill Clark, the 2018 college football coach of the year.
Clark has made football fun again after UAB dropped the sport for a year. The Blazers came back in 2017 and have been in three-straight Conference USA title games, winning two, including the most recent one.
If there’s anything apparent about Temple football under Rod Carey, is that it has not been fun. Temple leads the nation in portal transfers and several ex-players–Freddy Booth-Lloyd to mention one–say they’ve talked to several current members of the team and “they are not feeling Carey.”
Which is urban slang for they don’t like him.
Clark made the UAB program an immediate winner by heavily relying on JUCO transfers and, with the program established as a winner right away, used that winning to attract three top CUSA recruiting classes. On top of that, UAB is the polar opposite of Temple in the portal, able to retain most of its players.
Ingram helped Clark revive the UAB program and, by all accounts, the two are very good friends. There is another program on life support that Ingram knows well and deserves to be revived. Carey is making a base salary of $2 million. Clark is making a base salary $555,000. One of them is underpaid and one is overpaid.
Would Clark come to Temple?
Who knows but hiring Ingram would be a very good carrot and the E-O would probably be a lot more fun place to do the work necessary to get Temple back on the stick.
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