The Gator With the Heater

The real Geator with the Heater, a TU football fan?

After Al Gore invented the internet (tongue firmly implanted in cheek here), newspapers followed, maybe,  five minutes behind.
It took about two years, though, before the best of the journalism followed that _ comments below the stories.

The Gator With the Hooter ….
… and the Heater

Comments, for me, are often better than the stories themselves.
So there it was after the Steve Addazio hiring story, when a guy who purported to be Philadelphia radio and TV icon Jerry Blavat said simply this:
“Welcome to Philadelphia, coach Daz. I know you are going to do a great job.” _ Jerry Blavat.
Now I’m not naive enough to think that was actually Jerry Blavat. I have no way of knowing that. I’m also not cynical enough to think that it wasn’t the real Jerry Blavat, you know, “The Geator With the Heater” and the “Boss with the Hot Sauce.”
(For all of you people living outside Philly, Jerry Blavat and Dick Clark, fast friends to this day, were equally big in this town with the “yon teens” at about the same time. Clark left Philly to amass his fortune elsewhere. Blavat remained and amassed his here.)
Boss with the hot sauce didn’t stick, but Geator with the Heater certainly did.
In a roundabout way, Geator With the Heater’s comment stuck with me today because it’s Wednesday and our new Gator head coach, Steve Addazio, still hasn’t brought his Heater to Philadelphia. That’s Chuck Heater, the Florida co-defensive coordinator, who was reported to be following Addazio on the same flight to Philadelphia to take the Czar of Temple Defense job.
The Gator Without The Heater in this case.

“Welcome to Philadelphia, coach Daz. I know you are going to do a great job.” _ Jerry Blavat.


That had me a little concerned on Monday and I emailed one of the Florida newspaper guys who reported that Heater was likely headed for Temple.
He got back to me today.
“Coach wants to hear about another job first,” he said.
I can’t say I blame Chuck Heater, the current Florida defensive coordinator who might be up for that same job in places like Michigan and UCLA.
Michigan and UCLA pay more than Temple.
I want Chuck Heater to be Addazio’s next hire, but more than that I want Chuck Heater to want to be here.
Heater would bring an impressive resume to Temple and I’m confident he would have this current defense in the right position to do as well or better than Mark D’Onofrio’s defense did last year.
There’s a comfort level with Addazio than can’t be underestimated that might not exist, say, with Rick Neuheisel.
Imagine the publicity Addazio and Heater would get if they beat Penn State and Maryland, win the MAC and get the automatic qualifying non-BCS spot in next year’s BCS bowl picture?
Nothing Heater can do at Michigan or UCLA next year can match the level of satisfaction that Temple accomplishment would bring him.
Yet if there is no Gator With the Heater, there are capable guys, like Delaware DC Nick Rapone, who would take the Temple job in a heartbeat.
It just doesn’t have the same ring as The Gator With the Heater.
I’m crossing my fingers for that pairing.

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9 thoughts on “The Gator With the Heater

  1. I was a mix of emotions when Golden left (surprised, then slighted, then critical of self for being surprised.) Still, its pretty exciting to see Temple finally starting to gain recognition and be connected with well-known, well-established programs/names. Especially with the potential lockout coming in 2011, if Temple can get through this transition year smoothly, win the mac and/or a bowl that doesn't have fast-food in its name, college football might start catching on in Philly proper. The linc painted red on saturdays, green on sundays. I don't know if I could even dare imagine it.

  2. I consider myself an eternal optimist, but being a Temple fan since the 70's has afforded me the opportunity to appreciate the wisdom of pragmatism on far too many occasions. What are the facts? AG is gone, our 2011 recruiting class currently ranks in the bottom half of the MAC, and our new coach can't find coordinators who want to work for him and be at our beloved Temple. What should we reasonably expect? Maybe a winning season and a bowl bid? We had an eight win season last year and didn't get an invite. I'm forever hopeful colored by the facts

  3. I feel your pain, Kent.I wouldn't worry about the recruiting class, though. Recruiting almost never affects the on-field product the next season.That's a couple of years down the line, since 80 percent of those guys are redshirted anyway.Addazio is not a slam-dunk hiring, but I'm optimistic because he can made up on the back end of the recruiting wars what he's losing on the front end.Plus, Golden has left the cupbard (spelling?, it's late) stocked with goodies.It's not all about Bernard Pierce, but a lot of it is.He's an elite, elite, talent who needs to stay on the field. A lot of that is luck. Hopefully, coach Daz will add one more RB recruit to the mix (Ryan Brumfield, Ryan Brumfield, Ryan Brumfield) who can step in and perform at the Pierce level. I don't know if Walker is that guy but if he's as good as Brumfield, he is.We won't do much better than last year if we have a 5-5, 150-pounder who is forced to be the primary back.

  4. Please tell me if I am wrong, but I find it extremely concerning that SA has not hired any assistants beyond the two previously mentioned (line coach and strength coordinator). It is obvious that the other Florida assistants who have been relieved of their duties at UF are not at all interested in Temple. Also, I find it concerning that I have not heard much from SA in the media since his hiring. Can you update us? Is he in north philly? Is he out recruiting?

  5. I am also concerned, too, however Daz is out recruiting this week and next week is the national coaches convention (coinciding with a one-week dead period of recruiting) and that's when I'm told the coaching hirings will take place.It's been a rough couple of first days for the Daz, IMHO.Hiring a strength coach from Marshall (who gets panned by Marshall fans in the comments of the story I posted) and also hiring a grad assistant to coach the offensive line.How are our kids supposed to respect a Florida grad assistant in such an important job?Also, Chuck Heater looking at every other job and using Temple as his fallback plan.Not a good first few days at all. …If Chuck doesn't want to be here, go after Nick Rapone after Delaware plays in the national championship game tomorrow night.

  6. instead of "Florida" grad assistant, I meant to say grad assistant.typically, the OL coaches at Temple have been rugged, Marine-corps-drill-like instructors, older-guys' types.I don't see this job as one for a kid out college, even if it's Florida.

  7. Coach Daz was out Wednesday beating the pavement visiting recruits..rumor has it his first stop was local..visiting a home grown recruit at Roman Catholic..a 6'3"-230 1st Team All-City and All-State player Jack Gallagher..fast and athletic ..being projected to be a SAM backer at Temple..coach Daz has a long way to go..bit he's off and running..

  8. Thanks, Hollywood. Great to hear .. Just got word that Daz is also targeting a 6-3, 4.5-40 WR named Brundage out of Bradenton, Fla. In the bad news department, it looks like Al Golden is going after the RB who just committed to us. If we lose him, I hope Daz goes after Ryan Brumfield of Owen J. Roberts who is a Bernard Pierce-type talent.

  9. Given the sudden plethora of four star quarterbacks in the area looking for new schools I would love to see vitamin A in action. PSU has two studs looking for schools as well as Rutgers latest defector. All of these guys have serious D1talent and any one could provide significant benefits to an owls team with a top notch backfield and several highly regarded WR recruits. Get going coach!

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