Right around the Notre Dame game, I got a couple of emails from well-connected people I trust at Temple: ”Mike, President Theobald will say something about a new stadium in his inaugural address. Book it.”
Then I talked to a few people at the Houston tailgate who said pretty much the same thing independently. After Fordham and Idaho all such talk dried up.
I haven’t heard a peep about a new stadium or even re-upping the lease at Lincoln Financial Field since it became apparent Temple couldn’t beat the only FCS team on its schedule or the worst FBS team in the country.
I marked down in my calendar as early as a couple hours after Notre Dame that today might be a good day to blog live about the new stadium initiative that Theobald seemed to be open to as recently as 10 days ago.
I listened intently to Theobald’s inaugural address today. No mention of new stadiums. No mention of re-signing the Lincoln Financial Field lease. Heck, no mention of athletics at all.
Instead, Theobald talked about “six commitments” and the first three of those were lowering student costs, improving the faculty and improving relations with the City of Philadelphia.
Pretty surprising considering that one of Theobald’s two stated priorities when hired was to “win in the Big East.” (The other was making tuition affordable.)
That talked dried up, too.
Nothing blunts forward momentum in sports like losing and losing in the way Temple football has lost this year: Generally undisciplined play that shows up in things like penalties and blocked field goals. Add to that poor offensive game planning (i.e., making a three-tool talent like Chris Coyer disappear and failing to recognize that Fordham had a high school JV-sized defensive line) and overall passive play on defense and you have a formula for 0-6.
That’s just where we find ourselves today.
Frankly, if you can’t beat Fordham
or Idaho with this talent,
you probably never deserved
to be here in the first place
Tomorrow is Homecoming and this is the first year I’ve actually dreaded going into the stadium since Bobby Wallace was the head coach because I know this team has a lot more talent than the coaching staff is getting out of it. Even in Al Golden’s first year, I skipped into the stadium because I knew it was going to get better.
Now I’m not so sure. If this coaching staff can’t beat Fordham and Idaho with THE TALENT CURRENTLY ON THIS ROSTER, that doesn’t bode well for the future, either immediate or long-term. Frankly, if you can’t beat Fordham or Idaho with this talent, you probably never deserved to be here in the first place.
The website Coacheshotseat.com lists Matt Rhule’s salary as $1.2 million. I seriously doubt that figure (I think it’s closer to $850,000) but let’s say it is true: I would say he’s getting paid $1.2 million per win but since he’s got no wins, he’s getting paid infinity per win.
Theobald did not mention football, stadiums or even sports today in his inaugural address. Let’s just hope it was an oversight.
Yeah, that was probably it.