A friend of mine for many years who pretty much knows Temple sports inside out put the Rod Carey Era (Error) in perfect perspective when I posted that the Georgia Tech fans are upset with Geoff Collins.
“He’s the Milli of college football head coaches. I fear we hired the Vanilli.”
Reading that line caused me to spit out my morning coffee and laugh out loud.
The song Milli and Vanilli got caught for being fakes on was “Blame it on the Rain.”
Our Vanilli blamed a 28-3 loss on the refs yesterday.
I could see blaming a 10-7 or maybe … maybe .. a 14-3 loss on the refs but 28-3?
We are seeing the last vestiges of a head coach in trouble.
I learned a few things I suspected but did not know for sure yesterday.
The least important one was that I could not take sunscreen into the stadium so as burned up as I was on the inside that’s how it showed on the outside.
The other three are way more important.
One, the era of the hard-ass coach is over.
Two, the schemes on both the offensive and defensive sides are ass-backwards.
Three, when you have shitty special teams and WIN the toss, please do not … I repeat DO NOT … defer for the second half. I would rather see an onsides kick than a regular one in that situation but prefer to give my offense the ball over anything else.
That kickoff return killed any home-field advantage the Owls might have had.
When freaking UMASS gives BC a better game than Temple does, you know you have COACHING problems.
Let’s take No. 1 first. Getting to know the parents in the parking lot two years ago I got the vibe that almost every kid in the program “wanted” to transfer because they didn’t, in their words, “feel” Carey.
In other words, those kids–mostly good kids from good families–saw the direction Carey was taking the program and were not on board. The kids who could take the portal route did but those who couldn’t remained. There are a lot of good kids and good players here suffering as a result. They had been through winning programs under Matt Rhule and Geoff Collins and saw a decline under Carey. So did pretty much every Temple fan.
In order to win at Temple, you can’t be a “my-way-or-the-highway” guy. You’ve got to be a coach the players BOTH love and respect. The players loved Matt Rhule and Al Golden but more importantly respected both.
You would not see the hemorrhaging of players that we have seen under Carey with either or those two guys or a number of guys who are good players’ coaches.
You can be both–a players’ coach and a respected one.
Carey is neither.
The only reason why Temple will win 60-0 this weekend is the players. Certainly not the coaches. That’s how much better Temple’s players are than Wagner’s ones. Maybe a little more. Maybe a little less but I doubt the swing will be more than 20 points either way.
It will be the last one for a long time.
The way Temple played on Saturday, I don’t see the Owls beating either USF or Navy and those are the only two hopes for wins remaining on the schedule. Navy has a far better coaching staff and USF has Florida players. Even if the Owls win both of those games, are you satisfied with four wins?
I didn’t think so.
The next move is up to the President and the Temple Board of Trustees, if they care enough to bring us back to where we were three years ago.
If they don’t, all the work that got us to where we were in 2005 until 2019 will be for naught and throwing away that work of mostly two good coaches and men would be heartbreaking.
Monday: The Temple Curse