Since 2005, Temple has had four head coaches: Bobby Wallace, Al Golden, Steve Addazio and Matt Rhule.
Since 2005, Cincinnati has had six head coaches: Mark Dantonio, Brian Kelly, Jeff Quinn, Butch Jones, Steve Stripling and, now, Tommy Tuberville.
One of the reasons Rhule was hired was to stop the bleeding of coaches at 10th and Diamond.
The thinking was that the kids needed the stability of one coach and they could not go through the trauma of having a new coach every other year.
So, rather than get a big-time winning head coach, Temple University “settled” on someone no other FBS school even heard about or considered hiring, Rhule.
The coaching turnover doesn’t seem to affect Cincinnati, whose model is to get the best possible winning head coach available, rather than go after an assistant coach. Cincy got both Kelly and Butch Jones from Central Michigan, where they proved they could win as a head coach. There was no guessing and hoping that they’d win once they got to the big city.
And win they did. After Kelly gave Cincy two Big East titles, Jones gave them two more. Coaches come and go at Cincinnati, like Temple, a prestigious major urban school but, unlike Temple, the administration went out and spent the big bucks needed to get the best available head coach with a proven winning record.
While Golden, an assistant at Virginia, brought Temple to its first major bowl game in 30 years and gave another assistant, Florida’s Steve Addazio, the talent he needed to win the school’s first bowl game since 1979, Cincinnati doggedly went after and signed the best head coach it could find and its results were even more impressive: Four first-place finishes in five years, thanks to two guys who proved themselves as a head coach somewhere else first.
Now another proven winner, Tommy Tuberville (formerly a head coach at Texas Tech and Auburn), is in charge and the Bearcats don’t seem to be regretting the move.
The same cannot be said at Temple,
where few fans or administrators
could ever have envisioned losing
to the likes of Fordham and Idaho
prior to the season. There is way
too much talent at Temple to lose
to a FCS team followed by another
loss to a FBS team that lost 14
straight games and gave up 63
points in its last outing
The same cannot be said at Temple, where few fans or administrators could ever have envisioned losing to the likes of Fordham and Idaho prior to the season. There is way too much talent at Temple to lose to a FCS team followed by another loss to a FBS team that lost 14 straight games and gave up 63 points in its last outing.
In a results-oriented business, the Temple Board of Trustees has got to wonder what is going on at the E-O.
Even though then Temple AD Bill Bradshaw said he had several major “big name” head coaches including “head coaches with teams currently in bowl games” applying for the Temple job after Golden and Addazio left, he stuck with his business model by hiring another career assistant. There can be no doubt that Temple had people with better resumes on campus but, for some reason or another, decided to go in the direction of hiring a familiar campus face.
The Temple Hiring Model seems to be going after assistant coaches, producing no league titles in three different leagues. The Cincinnati Hiring Model is going after proven winners, producing four Big East titles in five years. Those titles helped fuel a funding momentum that sunk millions of dollars into Nippert Stadium renovations.
In the maybe not-too-distant future, Temple could learn a lot by looking into how Cincinnati choses its football CEOs.