Painting the end zones in that beautiful Cherry and White-colored design with a diamond outline and TEMPLE spelled out costs Temple University $40,000 every time they do it.
That’s one of the reasons the game against Houston on Saturday, a 37-8 loss, showed those colors only the second time this season. Coincidentally, that’s also the same amount of money it costs the university to write out a check to Rod Carey to coach the football team each week and that includes off months like January and February.
It is committed money, meaning that the uni agreed to pay it long before this disaster of a season occurred.
By not firing Carey either last week or this week, the silence coming from the administration is increasingly clear.
“We. Don’t. Have. The. Money.”
It’s deafening, really, and it was a lot louder than any cheering you could have heard in an otherwise empty stadium.
What self-respecting university allows itself to be embarrassed week after week–five weeks straight now–on national television without acting?
Temple, that’s who.
Not Texas Tech, not Akron, not TCU, Georgia Southern, LSU, UConn, and USC who found money to stop the bleeding this season.
That’s about as embarrassing as anything we’ve seen on the field so far in the last three months and that’s pretty damn embarrassing.
That doesn’t mean Temple won’t find the money at the end of the season but why wait if it’s inevitable anyway?
That old saying “you’ve got to spend money to make money” is especially true the way college football currently is constructed. Already, Jadan Blue looked at the fact that he was just five catches short of breaking the school career record and said, “thanks, but no thanks” because he didn’t want to spend another week with Rod Carey. To think that he is the only good player on the roster who has come to that conclusion is really naive. Right now, the kids need a signal that the university knows there’s a problem with the coaching and help is on the way so hold tight and don’t leave.
Temple’s administration should follow the lead of one of its all-time record-setters and say “thanks but no thanks” to just one more day of Rod Carey.
If it costs the Owls not painting the end zones next year or the year after that, it’s a price that should be paid. Move the money around to stop this madness now.
Otherwise, they will have dug themselves a hole so deep that it will take them five years to field a team worthy of that name in the end zone.
Tuesday: Talking to himself