Maybe after nearly three years of banging his head against a wall Rod Carey has figured out a way to succeed at Temple.
Better late than never.
For MOST of the first two years, he relied primarily on his Midwest recruiting connections.
Some nice players out there but, when they get to 10th and Diamond, there has been a history of culture shock.
Not every intersection is for everybody.
The good news is that there are literally thousands of urban kids–good players from good families–who are not only used to the urban environment but prefer it.
The Owls have an established gem on the Pennsylvania side of the river in Gabe Infante. Great head coach with multiple state championships under his belt and the kids love him.
Now they have Preston Brown.
Lose one Camden Brown (Fran), gain another.
I would argue Carey got the better Brown.
Hear me out here.
The Brown who went to Rutgers was never a head coach and never won squat as a head coach.
The Brown who Temple hired this week not only won one but multiple New Jersey championships as a head coach at Woodrow Wilson.
The kids love the Temple Brown as much and maybe more than the Rutgers Brown (no relation).
Plus, Carey has now surrounded himself with legendary state championship high school coaches in the very fertile recruiting ground (Southeast Pennsylvania and South Jersey) any Temple head coach must dominate. There are more FBS players in the fourth-largest market in the country than there are in 10 of the next 35 markets.
Temple should have a huge advantage over the Cincys, Memphises and Tulsas and at least rival the UCF/USF Orlando-Tampa market. No Temple fan has been harder on Carey than me but, if anything, I’m objective.
There is no reason (none) that Temple should not compete for the AAC title every season.
The fact that Carey doesn’t feel threatened by the existence of Brown and Infante so close to his office speaks volumes for Carey’s confidence in himself and that he can do the job here.
Since I’m much more a fan of 10-2 than I am of 2-10, I hope Carey’s faith in these two great men pays off sooner than later.
Time is running out for Carey, but it is definitely on the side of Gabe and Preston. The fact that Carey doesn’t feel threatened by either guy makes me respect Rod more today than I did yesterday. Rod, I hope to hell that you succeed because 2020 reminded me more than anything that I hate losing more than I love winning.