Coach Rhule At AAC Media Day

A few things to take from this interview, one that means nothing, the others that mean everything.
First, the nothing part. Nothing ages a man like being either a President of the United States or a Temple head football coach.
I did not notice a single gray hair on the head of Mr. Obama or Mr. Rhule before they took either job. Now there are plenty of both. Al Golden addressed that problem with Grecian Formula.

Now onto the meaningful observations:
Coach Rhule is a very good guy and I would like nothing more than to see him succeed on the job, despite my documented and numerous reservations in the past. He’s a good representative of Temple University.
Rhule seems to have a handle on the team’s problems, the pass rush coming immediately to mind. Moving faster linebackers to ends, where they can use that speed to seek out and destroy enemy quarterbacks, is the key to the defense.
Kiser Terry is now a 285-pound tackle. He used to be a 240-pound end.
The offense will try to spread the ball all over the field and get the ball in numerous guy’s hands. That’s a good thing, if Khalif Herbin is used both as a halfback and a slot back.
Of all the “outside” interviewers, this guy Mark Rogers came into this short interview well-prepared. If only the Temple football beat writer for the Inquirer, John Mitchell, knew as much about Temple football as this guy.
Wonder what coach was looking at in the beginning of the interview? Must have been something distracting him.

Good Job, Temple

The best part of this great video is the reaction of the players.


“This jaun is crazy.
They put a lot of effort
into this so I’m really
appreciative of it. I love it.”
_ Zaire Williams

It’s apparent that these are a good group of young men representing Temple University this year and that they are sincere in their appreciation for what they have.

Nothing would please me more than to see these guys transform 2-10 into 10-2.

Hopefully, that happens.

Either way, great job by Temple football in getting this done and to all those who made it happen.

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