After Saturday night, The Unholy Trinity of Temple football head coaches had the exact same season in 2021.
In an era where 80 of the 130 FBS teams playing football make a bowl game, Steve Addazio, Geoff Collins and Rod Carey all finished in the bottom 50 and, really, in the bottom 10.
That’s not the only thing they had in common.
Daz benefitted from the talent Al Golden recruited to go 8-4 (he really should have been 11-1) in 2011 and both Collins and Carey benefitted from the talent Matt Rhule recruited.
All three turned out to be frauds but, until now, Temple never had the unpleasant task of firing any one of them. Boston College took Daz off Temple’s hands by hiring him after a 4-7 season based on his 2011 season with Al Golden’s recruits. Georgia Tech was fooled by Collins’ success with Rhule’s recruits. Carey’s only good season came with Rhule’s recruits. Temple has been lucky, really.
Every single other school fires coaches.
Now it’s Temple’s turn.
Do they answer the call or cower in the corner?
Over the next 24 hours or so, we will find out if Temple is serious about excellence in football (or as a university as a whole) or just gives it lip service.
What was most shocking to me after Navy’s 38-14 win over Temple on Saturday was the fact that Carey was even allowed to be talking about the future.
Arthur Johnson, Temple’s new AD, should have put his arm around Carey before he walked to the podium and said, “Hey, Rod, we’re going to pay you but please don’t talk about the future. You won’t be here after Monday or Tuesday. Just talk about the game.”
Instead, Carey talked about a “plan in place” to improve for next season.
Hey, Rod, you had your chance for that plan and it was last season, not this one.
Everybody and his kid brother at the end of last season picked Temple for last place for 2021. In order to avoid that fate, this staff had as it charge improving the roster to the point that it would compete for six wins, not half that much.
In order to do that, Temple had to get players to replace the 15 good ones who left last season.
It got six.
The math never added up.
If Temple, a team that produces more NFL talent than anybody else in the G5, couldn’t use that as a selling point to compile an FBS-worthy transfer portal roster from just the P5 talent in it, the Owls certainly could have put together an FCS all-star team that would have given them a chance to compete.
What did we see instead?
Relying on the backups of a 1-6 season to make this one better.
Losses of 52-3, 49-7, 34-14, 37-8, 44-10, and 38-14 ensued and that adds up to a national embarrassment for a great university, its alumni, students and fans.
That’s the kind of math you get when you replace 15 good players with six lesser players.
Carey, with his five-year contract, probably thought he could have been lazy with recruiting in this offseason.
Temple’s administration must act and swiftly and swiftly means now, not a week from now or a month from now.
Until they do, they are proving to everyone they are not serious about sports. The wait should not have been this long and it better not be any longer or they will be playing before no more than 100 or 200 fans in 2022 in a 70,000-seat stadium.
A noon press conference on Monday should not be just recommended it should be mandatory.
After this dumpster fire of a season, waiting should not be the hardest part but, failing a swift post-game firing of Rod Carey, it is.
Tuesday: A firing press conference or a big announcement