Editor’s Note: Dave “Fizzy” Weinraub, a former Temple player, brings up the interesting concept in this piece that can simply be boiled down to this: If you are going to have a bowl game with no Temple head coach, no Temple star players, then get ready for no Temple fans in the future.
By Dave “Fizzy” Weinraub
Our two best players quit. Our best offensive player, Ryquell Armstead, and our best cornerback, Rock Ya-Sin, who was supposed to cover Duke’s best receiver, both quit and didn’t play in the bowl game. Instead of coming clean, coach Ed Foley came up with some claptrap about this was a medical staff decision. If you believed that, then you must also believe that the Eagles’ Jim Schwartz is a great defensive coordinator.
Both players accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl on January 26th, and Rock will also play in the East/West game on January 19th. That’s why they declined to play; it’s called the green flu. I sure it’s because they thought they might get hurt and ruin their chances to be highly drafted by the NFL. Two tough as nails football players let their brothers down after fighting with them through thick and thin. If you don’t think that had a major effect on the outcome of the game, you’re just naive.
I was at a friend’s house watching the game ( I left after the third quarter.), and when I got home I told my wife what happened. My wife knows very little about college football, but Cheryl’s first words were, “Why does that surprise you? Their coach quit.” Yes indeed, their coach did quit as did the previous three before him. Is it any wonder it was only a matter of time before this, me first – screw you, attitude filtered down to the players. Thinking back to the guys I played with, it’s unimaginable to me that a teammate would do this. But then again, I’m now sure I’m the one who’s naive.
As far as the coaching, well, I’m so pissed right now that the coaching seems relatively unimportant. The butchering of the last sequence of plays right before the end of the first half with three timeouts left should go down in the hall of shame. Slowing down the blitzing in the second half only allowed a great pro prospect QB all the time in the world to catch fire. Of course, we dropped untold passes.
So in college football, the coaches quit on their teams, and now seniors quit on their teams. When is it our turn? It’s been sixty years of Temple football for me now. Maybe it’s time I say, “Fer who, fer what?” How about those who spent a few grand to travel to the game, only to see a half-assed effort? What about the undecided recruits? Major college football is now as much “pay to play” as the NFL. I wanna go back to the last century.
P.S. The only good news, was great news. Marc Narducci reports unsubstantiated sources say that Temple’s offensive coordinator, Dave Patenaude, is going to Georgia Tech with Geoff Collins. Thank you, oh great omnipotent being. Maybe our Broad Street Offense can become the Philly Soft Pretzel Offense, under the new guy. (You want some mustard on that?)
Wednesday: The Cleanup Begins