|New Mexico Bowl and Military Bowl remain the likely destinations for Temple.|
If you are a Temple fan, disappointment is a familiar word.
A couple of years ago, I watched a pre-game college basketball show from my neighborhood gym and the two guys were debating whether or not Temple’s 29-win basketball team was a two or three seed.
“I think Temple’s done enough to move up to the two line,” Doug Gottlieb said.
The Owls slipped to No. 5 and had to play a 27-4 Cornell team in the first round.
I did not find that out until attending the selection party at the Liacouras Center that night. Driving down, I was whistling Gottlieb’s No. 2 tune.
Most people’s reactions:
You know what those three letters stand for, so I won’t elaborate.
Last year, they had a bowl selection party scheduled for the LC but had to cancel it at noon.
“Guys, we’re done,” were the famous three words uttered by Al Golden in a team meeting at the E-O.
Back in September, Temple officials were telling Owl fans that joining the Big East would happen “in a matter of days, not weeks” at the wine and cheese pre-game tailgate against Maryland.
Then Villanova stepped in and cried like a baby on the phone to its fellow Big East Catholic schools for three days and suddenly that situation fell apart, too.
So there’s a party scheduled for the LC Sunday night.
I remain optimistic that the Owls will receive an invite to the bowl party but I’ve seen too many funky things happen to Temple to be absolutely sure.
As I write this late Saturday night, no official bowl invitation has been received by Temple. In fact, two websites (College Football News and NBC sports) have the Owls projected out of the bowl picture entirely.
One has a 7-5 MAC team, Western Michigan, with no TV ratings and a smaller fan base, projected against Cincinnati in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Ridiculous is one word.
WTF is three words.
Heck, even Florida International University has received and accepted its bowl invite (Beef O’Brady’s, St. Pete) but not Temple.
If there is a WTF moment on Sunday night, Temple should pursue all avenues to escape from the MAC immediately.
Conference USA would accept Temple in a heartbeat and that’s really where the Owls belong anyway.
Hopefully, we will all be breathing a sigh of relief at 8:15 p.m. but it never should have come down to the last moment nor should it ever again.
Temple’s athletic administration should see to that no later than Monday morning.