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…,
Ed P., Perkasie, Pa; and Richard W. (no hometown given); Phil E., Lorton, Va.; Tim C., no hometown available; Bob C., David B., Springfield (Montco); Mark B., from South Jersey; John from Landenberg, Pa.; Joe S., Primos, PA; Thomas W., Palm Coast Fla; Jon E., Cincinnati; Mike S.,no hometown; Ed P., Yardley; William B., Chicago; Matt M., Philadelphia; Matt T.., Oreland; Kevin H., Philadelphia; John from Landenberg, Pa.; Carl M, Silver Spring, Md.;; Brett K., Swedesboro, N.J.; Joe S., Primos, Pa.; Ed M., Paoli, Pa.; Phil E., Lorton, Va.; Ross M., Garden City, NY; David K., Malvern; Jon E., Cincinnati ; Jon, SE Ohio; Cordalia and Jim S., Eastampton, NJ.; Herb G., Newport News, Va.; Richard W., Royersford; Matt T., Philadelphia, Pa.; MWB, Mechanicsville, Va.; Phil E., Lorton, Va.; K.J., Alexandria, Va.; Jeff D., Philadelphia,; Michael R., Philadelphia,Matt T, Philadelphia, Pa.; Ed M., Paoli, Pa.(8 in a row for 8 in a row, thanks EM); Jake and Diane Gicker, Dunmore, Pa.; Ed M., Paoli, Pa.; Adrian R. Sr., Harrisburg, Pa.; Frank M., Marlton, N.J.; Ernie, Millville, N.J.; ; Jay M., Salem, Ore.; Joe S., Primos, Pa.; Phil E., Lorton, Va; Tom W., Palm Coast, Fla.; Matt M., (five donations in a row); Kevin F., Philadelphia, Pa.;Matt M. (three donations in a row, thanks, Matt); Matt M.; Matt M.; Brian C., Philadelphia, Pa.; Matt M., Hometown ;Unknown; David N., Silver Spring, Md.; Matt M., hometown unknown; Frank K., Horseheads, N.Y.; Mike F., Montauk, N.Y.; John, Landenberg, Pa.; Michael B, D.C.; Joe S., Primos, Pa.; James G., Philadelphia, Pa.; Michael R., Philadelphia, Pa.; David N., Silver Spring (Md.);
Mark H., Gilbertsville, Pa.; Lisa M., Hummelstown, Pa.; Johnny Who, West Chester, Pa.; John T., Medford, N.J. (formerly North Catholic, Philly); Jon, SE Ohio; Jay M., Salem, Ore.; Dan M., Moscow, Pa.; Cyrus, Oklahoma City; Jon E., Cincinnati; Chris K., Harrisburg, Pa.; Chip M., Silver Spring, Md.; Dave B., Springfield, Pa.; Kent J., Alexandria, Va.; Ross M., Garden City, N.Y.; Joe S., Primos, Pa.; Ed F., Philadelphia, Pa.; Frank P., Jamison, Pa.; Jon E., Cincinnati, Ohio; Phil E., Lorton, Va.; Matt G., Haddonfield, N.J.; Tom L., Charlottesville, Va.; Thomas S., Landisville, Pa.; Jack D., Haddonfield, N.J.; Heriberto S., McDonough, Ga; Dr. Jim S., Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Dick White, Milton, Del.; Matt T., Philadelphia; Jerome S., North Caldwell, N.J.; Mike D., Fairview, N.C.; Tim W., Myerstown, Pa.; Edward P., Yardley, Pa.; Tom W., Palm Coast, Fla.; Kurt B., Wyomissing, Pa.; Joe S., Primos, Pa.; Tom S., East Norriton, Pa.; Jon E., Cincinnati, Ohio; Matt T., Yardley, Pa.; Steve C., West Chester, Pa.; Floyd, Blackwood, N.J.; Jim J., Chalfont, Pa.; John, Landenberg, Pa; Jon E., Cincinnati; Ron A., Camp Hill, Pa.; Jay S., Jenkintown, Mr. John H.; Jonathan N., Atlanta, Ga.; Michael E., Levittown, Pa.; Ted D., Media, Pa. Nick and Sharon, Upper Bucks County; Phil E., Lorton, Va.; Todd H., New York City; Alex H., Westport, CT; Joe S., Primos, PA; Kent J., Alexandria, Va.; Ross M., Garden City, N.Y.; Stanley G., Mountain Top, Pa.; David N., Silver Spring, Md.; Micah F., Philadelphia, Pa.; James S., Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Tom W., Palm Coast, Fla.; Johnny B. at the Hill Studio, Paulsboro, N.J.; Nick C., Philadelphia; Tom C., Birmingham, Ala.; Phil. E. (Fast Phil), Lorton, Va; Jerome S., North Caldwell, N.J.; Kent J., Alexandria, Va.; George P., Downingtown, Pa.; Edward F., Philadelphia; Bryan S., North East, Pa.; Josh P., West Chester, Pa.; Brent Z., Atlanta, Ga.; David B., Springfield (D), Pa; Lisa M., Hummelstown, Pa.; David H., Pottstown, Pa.; Brian O., Ambler, Pa; Frank P., Jamison, Pa.; Brian C., Philadelphia; Mark B., Manlius, N.Y.; Ted D., Media; Scott J., Columbus, Ohio; Thomas H., Mullica Hill, N.J.; George T., Rehoboth Beach, Del.; Rob G., Fleetwood, Pa; Steve C., West Chester, Pa.; Fred A., St. Augustine, Fla.; Michael S., Westfield, N.J.; John, Landenberg, Pa.; Kent J., Alexandria, Va.; Frank P., Jamison, Pa; Matt G., Basking Ridge, N.J.; Joe S., Primos, PA; Nick and Sharon, Upper Bucks County; John T., Medford, N.J.; Cap P., Finksburg, Md; Coolowl, New York City; Michael B., Washington, D.C.; Oakee, Salem, VA; Rob from Fleetwood; John from New Kensington; Kathyrn, Bloomingville, Ohio; Rockland Owl; Matt, Haddonfield, N.J.; Anthony, New York City; Jason F., Berlin (N.J.); Ed, New Hope; Mark B., Manlius, N.Y.; Mike, Lindenwold, N.J.; Tom C., Birmingham, Ala. Jim, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Kurt, Wyomissing Hills, PA;
Dave, Ocean City, N.J.; James, Chalfont; Ross, Garden City (N.Y.); Schmitty, Ocean City, N.J.; Sarge (via Schmitty);
Broad Street Leon; Martin, Encino (Calif.); John, Boston; Mike, Susannanoa, N.C.; Francis, Lansdale; Tom L., Charlottesville, Va.; Mark, Gilbertsville, Pa.; Frank, Sebastian, Fla.; George, Toms River, N.J.; Tom, Branchburg, N.J.; Chris, Philly (our first Philly donation!); John, Landenberg, Pa.; Tom S. East Norriton, Pa.;
Very insightful. The Rod Carey influence on our program was so damaging to the players. We cannot blame them for their frustration, then anger. Anger is a very destructive influence on any person. It breaks marriages, and relationships of any kind. It leads to separation simply to put the pain behind the individual. It is a personal crisis period. With that, I cannot blame our star recruits for leaving the EO and program. We cannot begin to reflect how hard this must have been for them. I think, with this history, Coach Carey will never be a head coach again in the business. Now we have a person in Coach Drayton, that needed to be honest, and dedicated to restore trust, and leadership to the players. The mechanics of college football has changed since Al Golden, given the portal. We do now have evidence that the Drayton culture is a good one. Your previous blog post, raising the play calling questions in the recent later season near misses on victories shows there is a maturity level as a Head Coach that Drayton needs to experience. With Stan’s personality, hard work, and recruiting, I personally feel he can have a winning team, perhaps in year two at Temple. With the restoration of trust and belief in the EO, and a desire to win, it can happen. We saw what can be achieved in this era of football as Tulane being AAC champion. The new programs entering the AAC will be hungry as well. Lets hope that this time next year, our players will be preparing for their bowl game, with a coaching staff intact, and hungry as well. Can this restoration of the program develop into an on campus stadium? I foresee Drayton doing his job. Can the new AD and President do theirs? That remains a prayer for me.
HI Don, I’ve seen several of your YouTube music videos, enjoy them , yes I do and I say, ” Ach Du Lieber, sehr Schoen “. Always wanted to tell you ( ernst )
If any fans want to see just google “Don Bitterlich” on Youtube if that’s the right way of putting it. We’re going to have to get him to play T for Temple U at the next tailgate and put that on Youtube. 🙂 What I’d really like to see is Don kicking for the Seahawks on Youtube but can’t find any of that.
There is a utube of me and two Temple Band alums playing “Fight Temple Fight On” in Lot K with the Temple Dance Team doing their thing. It is really a decent video if you can google it and worth the watch! Don
The transfer portal and the NLI have ruined college football. Fans fall in love with their favorites and follow them for four years don’t have that opportunity anymore. It’s definitely a negative for fans. It’s worse for coaches who try to build something. Is it REALLY better for the players when more than 70 percent who entered the portal last year don’t find landing spots? No. The NCAA needs to rethink this whole thing. It’s only better for superstars like the Pitt wide receiver last year. It’s crap for over 70 percent of the players. And people wonder why attendance is down. The answer is right in front of their eyes. For the players it’s like going to a higher paying job at twitter with the intention of buying a bigger house and then finding that Elon Musk laid you off and now you have to live in a tent at 15th and Callowhill. Be careful what you wish for …
Add Jaden Blue to this list, had an awful year at va tech. Would have loved to see him catching balls from warner. Him and barbon would’ve been great. Probably would be preparing for a bowl game.
He’s not only added to the list he was the first name mentioned in the list.
Ray Davis returns to Temple. Make it Happen @ Coach Drayton
Did he? Or wishful thinking?
Fight on Temple Fight is a much better song than T for Temple U
“T is for Temple..University, Fight, Fight….,” that song followed the greatest TDs in TUFB history
Mike, you are a TUFB Saint, but c’mon man.., “T is for Temple”…, 🙂
TU’s lack of NIL $$$$ negatively impacted the offers to top transfer portal athletes. Don’t expect much this year via transfer portal.
I think the coaching staff will soon make the decision to pivot away from the portal. Don’t waste time on kids you can’t get.
The focus will soon be squarely on where TUFB can compete, overlooked 2 and 3 stars.
Bottom line: mantra lives on, TUFB is a developmental program. Lack of NIL $$$$ makes the reality a necessity.
TU’s Best Player on defense just hit the portal. NIL is the culprit, wake up AD, Uni Pres and BOT!!!!!!!!!!!!
He will have significant foot surgery in the offseason. I don’t think Temple is going to pay for it and it could scare suitors away. Still, I thought Drayton would be able to keep players like that and chase off the scout team type players. This has a very Rod Carey feel to it.
I was set to renew my season tickets early but seeing this I’m going to wait awhile and see how things pan out with the portal. Agree with you Mike regarding Drayton being able to keep the better players on the roster.
My decision to drop my season tickets after 40-plus years is due to this new rule that makes you purchase two seats if you have a seat at the end of a row (which I have had in all the stadiums Temple played in and never had to pay for two seats until this year). Stupid rule when the stadium is empty. Going on a game-by-game basis. If the Owls lose another player whose name rhymes with Varner, I don’t think I will make it to more than a couple of games. Drayton is getting paid $2.5 million to develop relationships with his best players, keep them, and then augment the roster with better players. Tough job but he’s got to earn that pay now.
Saw the O-lineman from Pt Pleasant, Skinner, just de-committed. As you said, starting to feel like Carey all over again. I do think KJ has a valid point regarding the BOT and TU and Drayton don’t have the financial resources to effectively compete in the portal/NIL age. We seem to be on the verge of becoming a higher level JUCO for P5 programs.
Not even sure what value these players bring to the companies who are sponsoring them. it’s get a way to get around outright paying of players. Schools like Kent State, Akron and even Pitt and Temple can’t afford to outright pay players. It’s an absolute joke that Pitt puts in the hard work to recruit and develop a guy like Jordan Addison into the best receiver in the country and then USC out-and-out steals him. Same with Varner and Temple. Wish the Temple kids would see what happened with Blue, Russo and Roche and learn a lesson. Obviously, the entrance standards to get into Temple have dropped since I took the SATs.
Also fans (the most important part of college football) are seeing the inequality of the rich getting richer and checking out and going over to the pros where things like the draft even the playing field. College football has no interest in fairness.
If there was a tranfer portal for the band, we’d be down to the trombone player. Maybe the guy who plays taps.