In a perfect world, a couple of things would have happened that seemed to not happen for Temple football over both the last few months or the last 15 practices.
First the months part.
In a perfect world, no player from one program could move to another program where a former coach earns a paycheck. Things are not perfect in that regard because Rutgers’ defensive coordinator Fran Brown probably had a hand in luring three Temple starters to Piscataway.
He was here when they were here and now they are there.
Possibly, but we will never know.
An NCAA rule the prohibits such specific transfers would remove all doubt but this world is far from perfect.
There are clues in that story and we will allow you to come to your own conclusions.
Closer to home, though, there are other clues to be concerned about.
It was my hope that D’Wan “Duece” Mathis would separate himself from backup Re-al Mitchell in the quarterback battle, but it seems like from every quote from Rod Carey and offensive coordinator Mike Uremovich that the two are neck-and-neck.
That’s not good.
I have nothing against Mitchell but we’ve seen enough from Mitchell last year to determine that’s he’s not an AAC-level starter. In over 40 years of watching Temple quarterbacks, I’ve never seen one with stats as poor as Mitchell’s in his first year improve significantly in his next year. His sample is large enough.
To quote the great Bill Parcells, you are what your record says you are.
To me, Mitchell is Vaughn Charlton, Chester Stewart and Mike McGann wrapped up into one quarterback.
Mathis should be closer to Adam DiMichele, Brian Broomell or P.J. Walker.
If he’s roughly about as good as Mitchell, that’s problematic.
Now there’s another way to look at this and I pray this is the case: Not wanting to discourage Mitchell or further deplete the quarterback room, they are telling this to Mitchell to keep him hungry and Mathis has really separated himself from everyone else. In other words, they better be lying their asses off.
Or somebody’s in trouble and, unfortunately, it’s not Fran Brown.
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