While there seems to be some debate about how rosy the future is for Rod Carey at Temple, there is less debate about current Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins had he remained at Temple.
It would not have ended well.
Hell, my best guess has been since December of 2019 that it won’t end well for Carey here but Collins didn’t tee things up for Rod like Matt Rhule did for Geoff.
Carey probably has one more year, maybe two, to post a winning season at Temple or he’s out of here.
Collins would have been on a shorter leash had he remained here simply because his contract would have been up.
Collins recruited primarily from the South, eschewed local connections, and his two classes were mediocre at best.
Had he remained here would he have been able to switch gears like Carey did in the offseason, promote Gabe Infante and hire a guy like Preston Brown?
So, in my mind and probably in a lot of other minds, Temple is slightly better off with Carey than Collins.
Put it this way: Carey beat Collins, 24-2, with AAC talent while Collins had the benefit of ACC recruiting classes.
Knowing Temple as I do, Carey will probably be able to survive a 2-4 win season as most of the experts expect the Owls to have. Look at it this way: Did Steve Addazio survive a four-win season at Temple?
He sure did until Boston College took the Owls off the hook.
Temple rarely fires head coaches who it owes money to and I doubt they’d start with Carey.
Collins, on the other hand, is feeling the heat in Atlanta and that comes with the Power 5 territory.
Maybe he can make a move to solidify his job by capitalizing on the new NIL rule, but that remains to be seen. The fans there are restless and a story published over the weekend illustrated why.
That’s Georgia Tech’s problem, not Temple’s. We have our own, of course, but things could have been worse.
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