At every other university in America, what has happened the last four weeks is the equivalent of any employee consistently yelling f-bombs at the customers, blowing off work for several straight weeks without an excuse, and making a mistake at Three Mile Island that releases enough nuclear energy to kill the entire population of Harrisburg.
In other words, an employee has bleeped up big time and you have to find a way to fire him.
This employee was responsible for causing the company 52-3, 34-14, 49-7 and 45-3 losses.
All the other universities fire the guy without blinking.
At Temple, they’ve got to find the money. Fizzy suggested last week in this space to rob the $160,000,000 stadium fund to pay off the contract. It’s not that simple. That money was already committed by donors to build a stadium. If no stadium, it goes back to the donors. It doesn’t go to chemistry classes, basketball facilities, or even the community.
The problem new athletic director Arthur Johnson and university president Dr. Jason Wingard face involves making a few phone calls.
By our calculations, at least 10 Temple University alumni have given at least $1 million toward a new stadium. One of them is a frequent poster on this site.
Johnson has to contact at least seven of them in the next 24 hours and get a “yes” on the question if they are willing to move that money from “stadium” to “buyout” on the signature line.
If yes, the puff of white smoke will come out of the Sullivan Hall chimney and we will have a new pope, err, Temple football coach no later than Monday at noon. If not, we will have to do what Hirohito said after the second Atomic Bomb was dropped in WWII: “Endure the unendurable.” Then the Emperor meant unconditional surrender. Now it means waiting until the end of the season to rid us of the disaster that is Rod Carey.
That’s probably how tight Temple is with the money.
Our recommendation has been all along to make Gabe Infante the interim coach until the end of the season. If, by some miracle, Gabe wins a couple, award him the job. If not, involve Al Golden in the search–either as the new coach himself or finding a guy who can succeed here.
Either way, the bad employee must be removed and, if necessary, the money must be found. Saturday was the best evidence that enough is enough.