Last donation: Heriberto S., McDonough, GA, 4/24/23 (thanks, Heriberto!!) Two on 4/14/23 (thanks to Joe F. and Ross M. ); Tom W., Palm Coast, Fla. 2/18/23 (thanks, Tom!!!)Ed P., Yardley, Pa. (1/9/23; thanks, Ed,) Lawrence S., West Chester, Pa., 12/28/22, our first contribution in over a month (thanks Larry, this will help in having to replace the printer we purchased in the summer that went on the fritz); Bob C., Chadds Ford, Pa., 11/27/22 (thanks Bob, our first contribution since September) Ed P., Perkasie, Pa. who donated 9/24/22 at the UMass game and Ed and I both remember and love Pennridge coach Wayne Helman; Joe S. (Delaware County), 9/3/22 (thanks Joe, hope to see you at Lafayette or RU); James G. (thanks James and for all the great posts you make on this site),, 7/29/22: Matt P. (former Al Golden player, thank you Matt for the generous donation it will be put to good use as we will explain in Monday’s post), 6/9/22; Matt F., Horsham, Pa. (thanks, Matt!!), June 6, 2022; David, B., Milton, DE (thanks, Dave), April 11, 2022: Andy B., Philadelphia, Pa. (our first donation of 2022, thanks Andy), March 3, 2022; Ed P., Yardley, Pa. 12/25/21 (thanks, Ed for the Christmas donation); Matt F., no hometown found (“a celebratory donation for Carey’s firing”), 11/30/21 thanks, Matt; Jon E., Cincinnati, Ohio, 11/29/21 (thanks, Jon for the donation and the great comments on this site); James G., Royersford, Pa. 11/28/21 (thanks, Jim, for the donations and your comments on the website); Anonymous (no home town given but donation really appreciated), 11/20/2021; Roger D., Rehoboth Beach,, Del., 10/24/21; Joe S., Drexel Hill, Pa. 10/3/21 (thanks, Joe) At the BC game (9/18), John from Landenburg (thanks, John for being a great friend of this site for so many years); Three Aug. 21 donations: Eric A (former player), Atlanta, Ga; Anonymous (by request), Cincinnati, Oh; Tim R., Buffalo, N.Y. (sincere thanks to all); David N., Silver Springs, Md (thanks Dave) 7/10/21; former Temple player Matt P., who lives in Columbus, GA now (thanks Matt) 7/9/21; Joe F., Philadelphia (4/7/11, thanks Joe) Matt F., Horsham, Pa., 3/27/21 (thanks, Matt); Jon E., Cincinnati, Ohio (1/31/21, thanks Jon) Ed P.,, Yardley, Pa. (thanks, Ed, much appredicated), 1/16/21; Mitchell S. , 12/21/20, our first contribution since (10/8) earlier, Former Owl Bruce G., Flourtown, Pa, who generously donated $100 in “honor” of the Ambler guy 10/8/20; (if they hate you in Ambler, we love you in Flortown,” BG says). Thanks, BG, we appreciate it; Earlier: James G., Philadelphia (7/21/20, thanks James) Robert B., Philadelphia (7/13/20, thanks, Bob, hope to see you at the tailgates again this fall); Previous: Jon E. from Cincinnati 6/15/20, our first donation this calendar year (thanks, Jon); Earlier, John from Landenberg; Kurt B., Wyomissing Hills, PA (former Temple player, 10-15-19) Earlier: David B. , Springfield, PA (9/26/19 … thanks, Dave!) also John from Landenberg (9/21/19); Tom W., Palm Coast, Fla. (8/22/19, thanks Tom!! Also, 10 days earlier, Bob. C and Joe S. and, on June 26, first bowl MVP Mark B.
Earlier: Matt F., Philadelphia; Matt P. (former Temple player) John from Landenberg and Jon E. from Cincinnati
Jay M. no hometown found ; Earlier: William B. Chicago; John from Landenberg, ; Mark B, South Jersey, Joe S, Springfield, PA…,
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“…..a much more reasonable goal to achieve than consistently winning seasons against top 10 schedules.” And this is why, given Temple’s history of poor judgement on so many things, indifferent fan base and less than adequate fund raising, that getting into a P5 conference would do nothing to help with winning, and why the AAC is probably the best conference for Temple, until proven otherwise (like UCF, Cincy and Houston have shown).
The P5 ship has saild. If the B12 imploded after the championship of 2016, there is no doubt in my mind Temple would have been one of the schools taken. It imploded at the worst possible time, the Rod Carey Error.
Thanks for the great memories!
I’m a fan who goes all the way back to Wayne Hardin, Randy Grossman, and Henry Hynoski. I don’t know if Drayton is the man or not, but I certainly respect what the man has done trying to be inclusive of the school’s history. The paragraph about Temple’s recruiting base should be blown up and framed over everyone’s desk in the athletic department. Go get some talent…and for God’s sake burn the black uniforms while you’re at it.
amen to ditching the black uniforms.., players didn’t get a vote on single digits this yr, and they shouldn’t get a vote on black uniforms.
FAU just hired Tom Herman. I went to that bowl game yrs ago at FAU, TU vs Toledo…, Herman at FAU will be something to watch closely.
FAU has the commitment but not the means $$$$, TU has the means but not the commitment. Plus FAU has a nice OCS.
If FAU starts to out-recruit TU, and starts posting better records…, the evidence will be plain as day…,
Herman out-coached and out-recruited everyone in the AAC (including MR) while at Houston
Really like your insights kj. So, hoping that Drayton will do a great job but why didn’t TU go after someone like Herman? Is FAU paying him more than TU is paying their HCs since we have more “means” than FAU? As I said above, TU to often makes questionable decisions.
TU is paying Drayton $2.5M, FAU paid Taggart $1.5M. Suspect Herman is getting slightly more than Taggart, and less than Drayton.
Herman took himself off the board early after TU fired Carey. Was not comfortable w/Philly and the TU leadership.
This is what Herman said upon his hire at FAU,
“There are already great young men on this team, great facilities, a great location, a great recruiting base and great leadership, all of which are important to building a successful program.”
note the reference to “facilities.., and great leadership”.
Thought Tom Herman would have been the perfect fit at Cincy. He knows Ohio and also has Big 12 experience at Texas. Now it looks like Cincy is going to stay inside and hire an assistant. Always a crap shoot with assistant coaches because of the Peter Principle. Not every great assistant coach is meant to be a great head coach (Bob Diaco is the perfect example): https://cincyontheprowl.com/2022/12/03/cincinnati-football-gino-guidugli-alex-golesh-emerge-favorites-coachinfg-vacancy/
So Herman gave up 1 million per year? Certainly not the American business mindset I’d say. So TU hires a position coach for the full 2.5 mil – that figures…..but doesn’t make much sense. Don’t you think Drayton would have come here for 1.5 mil?
I’m looking forward to the 2023 season and Owl football. I watched the UTSA/North Texas Conference USA Championship game on Friday night. They had a nice crowd of 41,000 plus. UTSA is awesome! Don’t know if we will play them in ’23 or not. I think both teams will be nice additions to the American. I really do like Coach Drayton. As you pointed out, he seems to bond easily with current players, former players and fans. Also, as you say, Temple is within a 6 hour drive of 46% of the nation’s population, providing a great recruiting base. This past season had its ups and downs of course. But I see definite improvement in the team. Coach Drayton should real well with recruiting. Go Owls!
kj’s comments sad but true. Off the field considerations on N Broad probably adversely influence more than a few possible candidates. In other words, coaches are hired who will take the job despite all that.
Herman is a Texan. Find it surprising he left the state, but recruiting Florida is less daunting than on the east coast, and he’s used to a program with facilities closer to what the big programs have.
I wonder if coaches’ agents bother to call Carey to get his input on the job? Or do they realize he cruised through the seasons here and pocketed the $ and not bother? Same with Collins.
Both stole money from Temple. You could spot Collins a mile away. Carey never understood Philadelphia nor wanted to but Drayton coached in Philly at two places (Penn and Nova) before here and knows the landscape. Hopefully, he can navigate it. His people skills are off the charts and a lot closer to Rhule’s than Golden’s.
The C-USA teams coming to the AAC with less means $$$$ and more commitment than TU: FAU, N.Texas, UAB and UTSA
UAB just hired Trent Dilfer, UTSA has Traylor, and now Herman to FAU. Believe it or not, TUFB is in trouble.
If TUFB does not go bowling next year it will be at the expense of one of those four teams above.
TU’s lack of support for TUFB can’t be overstated in the new AAC environment.