There are plenty of things Temple, a school with 26,217 full-time undergrads, does better than Tulsa, a school with 3,171 undergrads.
Football, unfortunately, is not one of them as was documented in the Owls’ 44-10 loss on Saturday.
In that area, Tulsa joins a growing club that includes Rutgers, BC, USF, UCF, Cincy, ECU, and Houston.
One of the areas Temple has Tulsa beat, though, is the band because, from the 11:37 mark until the end of the game, the only song in the Tulsa band’s playbook was “The Final Countdown” by the band Europe.
The playlist of the Diamond Marching Band is much more diverse.
How appropriate, though.
For anyone who watched this latest abomination, there couldn’t have been a more fitting song. For the fans who remained around in the fourth quarter to watch and followed by performing some errands after the game was over (raising my hand here), they couldn’t get that damn 1986 song out of their heads.
Rod Carey has entered his final countdown as Temple University’s head football coach and the only thing we don’t know is how long that countdown will be.
It could be a day, two days, three days, a week or a couple of months.
Rest assured that he’s gone, though, because a school that invested $17 million ($7 million to build with a $10 million addition in 2010) in a football facility cannot stomach that investment being thrown away by the one incompetent coaching staff the school has hired since the building opened. A school that before this current season signed a 10-year extension at $1 million per year to remain at Lincoln Financial Field can’t afford for that stadium to be empty next year or the year after like it will be on Saturday.
So whatever the school has to spend to get rid of this guy it will and it should.
The only debate is how soon and we certainly are on the side of not soon enough because we’ve already lost enough good players to the transfer portal and Temple cannot afford to lose one more player.
In fact, Temple needs a charismatic guy right now who can attract players from the portal, rather than repel them like the current guy we have now.
Simple math should dictate the school with 26,217 undergrads deserves a better football team than the one with 3,171. It’s past time for the administration to crunch the numbers and come to the same conclusion.
Tuesday: Hopefully coverage of Monday’s press conference firing Rod Carey