Who blocked Todd McNair?

Todd McNair, coaching the Cleveland Browns, has Temple running through his blood.

Todd McNair, coaching the Cleveland Browns, has Temple running through his blood.

When he was at Temple, Todd McNair was know as the quintessential back, a guy who could run, had moves and who wasn’t afraid to block for others.

Well, now it appears that someone at Temple blocked Todd McNair.

From being hired.

Kudos to Matt Rhule for reaching out and trying to hire McNair as a member of the Temple staff. Boos to whomever blocked Todd McNair from being hired.

This raises another, more important, question: Can the football program be ultimately successful if decisions made by the CEO are being vetoed? And, if the powers-that-be are making decisions that should only be made by the head coach, why hasn’t Phil Snow been fired?

Here is the statement by Todd McNair:

“I would like to thank coach Matt Rhule for reaching out, and attempting to hire me. I would have loved to come back and help get our beloved Owls back on the winning track. But I guess:

• Playing, and being named captain
in the NFL.

• Coaching in the NFL, on the only
Cleveland Browns staff to make the
Playoffs since they’ve been back

• Coaching 6 years under National
Championship, and Super Bowl
Winning coach Pete Carroll, on a
Team that won 5 straight BSC
Bowl games and was ranked
NO.1 IN THE NATION FOR 33
STRAIGHT WEEKS

• Coaching in 2 NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES, while
personally coaching a HEISMAN
TROPHY WINNER

• Being the primary recruiter on an
absolute Recruiting Juggernaut,
and ranked the 3rd best recruiter
in the ENTIRE COUNTRY

• Growing up 9.8 miles from campus,
and a HALL OF FAME HS PLAYER
from Temple’s recruiting back yard

• Having coached and mentored 2
kids from the inner city (Camden)
that are BOTH current members of
the Temple football staff

• And being a former TEMPLE
UNIVERSITY ALL-AMERICAN,

Somehow doesn’t qualify me, lol.

And any situation that may give cause to pause, has been addressed and clarified by the attorney’s involved.

Thanks again to coach Rhule. And good luck to him and the boys this season, and going forward. Go Owls!”

_ Todd McNair

Gotta Lovett: TU’s first signee of 2014 class

Shahid Lovett had three interceptions for Lackawanna JC in 2013, as many as the Owls did as a team.

Shahid Lovett had three interceptions for Lackawanna JC in 2013, as many as the Owls did as a team.

Matt Rhule has proven to be a relentless recruiter throughout his time at Temple and that trait appears to be paying off so far.
The first person to actually sign on the dotted line is safety Shahid Lovett. He’s 6-foot-2, 205, a hard-hitter who picked up three interceptions, as many as the entire Temple team this fall. The Owls also either have or are close to signing another JUCO safety, Alex Wells, but that’s not confirmed yet (his video is below).
Everybody who watched the Temple Owls in 2013, knows what this football team needs for 2014: Defensive backs who are not afraid to challenge for the ball and hit people and defensive ends who easily shed blocks and arrive at the quarterback just before he’s ready to get rid of the ball.

Throwback Thursday: When Temple went toe-to-toe with Alabama. Click on the story for the link.

Throwback Thursday: When Temple went toe-to-toe with Alabama. Click on the story for the link.

Otherwise, we’re good.
You might say the kicking is a problem and I agree with that, particularly the kickoffs. If Fordham and Idaho can find guys who routinely kick the ball into and through the end zone, so should Temple.
In Nick Visco, though, I think the Owls will eventually have a reliable field goal kicker. His percentages as a freshman in both field goals (3 for 5) and extra points compare very favorably to Brandon McManus’ freshman numbers. But there’s no doubt Temple needs a guy who can boom the ball through the end zone.
I’m sure working Rhule’s working on that as we speak.
I try to avoid getting excited about recruiting classes until National LOI day, but this was Lovett’s LOI day and he will be in school before long and participating in spring ball. The fact that he’s a JC means he’s farther along than your typical high school player and that’s the kind of help Temple’s defense needs now.
Now, if we could only find a defensive end with Adrian Robinson’s motor and natural hatred of quarterbacks we’d be back in the business of being Temple TUFF on defense once again. From the defensive end standpoint, we’ve been a day late and a dollar short of getting to the quarterback for the last two seasons. We need faster and meaner DEs.