New Mexico Bowl: Final exam for Daz

Dave “Owlified” Gerson’s excellent senior highlight video. If there is a “techie” out there who can remix the background music of this from the classical format to D.J. Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win” on a loop than get back to me. Love the Ed Benkin call of Joe Jones’ touchdown catch and don’t love the Harry Donahue call on the Kee-ayre Griffin blocked field goal “running with it is Robinson. Johnson, rather” (which is pretty much a typical Harry Donahue call).

This is going to look awfully good at the E-O.

My good friend Fizzy and I were talking about Steve Addazio’s first year as Temple’s head coach after the final game of the regular season.
“I’m going to have to give him a C,” Fiz said. “Not excellent. Not good. Satisfactory.”
Fizzy is a former Temple football great and someone who spent the rest of his life giving out grades for a living as an esteemed educator.
I thought his grade of Daz was a fair one until that point.
I gave him an incomplete because you really can’t give Steve Addazio a grade until he completes his finals.
That comes tomorrow (2 p.m., ESPN) in the New Mexico Bowl.
If Temple beats Wyoming to a pulp, 31-14, something on the order I expect it to, Addazio’s grade improves to a B+, which is very good. If it’s a 28-27 win, it drops to a B.
I could not in fairness give Addazio a B or an A on the basis of his first regular season because I thought he made some key errors in judgment that could have cost the Owls at least a couple of games:

Some that come to mind:

  • Removing Mike Gerardi with a lead in the Penn State game. I thought Gerardi was following the “plan to win” until he was removed. The plan to beat Penn State was to avoid turnovers and make plays in the play-action passing game. Gerardi even threw the ball into the ground in the first half of the Penn State game, rather than make a turnover. When Chester Stewart was ineffective, Gerardi was reinserted and I really felt that the pressure went back to Gerardi to make a play in order to keep his job. The result was that he forced the ball into tight windows and Penn State picked him off twice.
  • The failure to remove Stewart in the Toledo or Bowling Green games. Stewart was never held to the same high standard Gerardi was and he was allowed to remain in the game Toledo despite throwing two picks. Against Bowling Green, it was painfully apparent he could not move the team. As a result, two games got away from the Owls.
  • Not recognizing the talent he had in Chris Coyer. Daz said he was “thisclose” to starting Coyer against Villanova. Had he done that, it’s much more likely Temple would have gone 10-2 instead of 8-4. Heck, Villanova was the perfect game to get Coyer’s feet wet. Owls would have beaten that sorry ass team, 42-7, with Stewart (suspended for that game), Gerardi, Coyer or Clinton Granger.

Now come the finals on Saturday before an ESPN national television audience.
Daz will ace his final with a 31-14 win and earn my B plus. He can’t get an A because I really feel this is the most talented team of the last three years and Al Golden reached a minimum eight with slightly lesser talent.
If he wins this game, though, Daz will accomplish one of the big things he said he would do (see sidebar of this blog) which is to get the team in a bowl game and win it.
That’s very good in my book and something Golden never did.
Heck, even a tough marker like Fizzy might be forced to redo his grade as well.


8 thoughts on “New Mexico Bowl: Final exam for Daz

  1. mike,please let us know if you hear anything about wether or not coyer is gonna get the start

  2. Chris is 100 percent and good to go.He's psyched and so am I.

  3. Mikey, one more thing, has someone else decommitted since Jameson McShea? Yesterday, according to, we had six 3-star recruits, today we have 5….Also, thanks big time for the info on Coyer. Ill sleep better tonight.

  4. BP's last game as an Owl.

  5. I don't think it's BP's last game as an Owl. Could be, but there's more good reasons for him to stay.He has a perfect example in Ramone Moore and Lavoy Allen, who filed the same paperwork with the NBA after their junior years that BP has filed with the NFL. When Lavoy and Ramone found out they weren't going to be first-round picks, they stayed in school and it was the very best decision both players made and both will tell you that now. No one will tell BP that he will go in the first round this year, but everyone will tell him next year is his first-round year. If BP listens to that kind of sound advice, this will not be his last year at Temple. He's got a shot to do some special things (Heisman) for both himself and Temple next year. He will be kicking himself when he's older and knows he passed up on that chance. He won't.

  6. 7-0 early , good first drive,…. go get 'em guys rooting hard here in philly for ya

  7. Looks like a passing grade for Daz! It’s greedy of me but I was upset when Wyoming scored with 3 seconds left, I wanted the score to reflect the kind of beat down that it was!I hope your right about BP coming back.Mike, any idea what happened to John Palumbo? He’s been questionable since the Penn State game and I haven’t seen him getting too much action since then, today he didn’t even dress. I felt bad for him as a team leader and senior. The offensive line overcame a lot without him in the line up most of the year. The Wyoming kids were classless and taking cheap shots all day. Purcell was getting into it with Matt Brown on the first or second series, I was happy to see him get run. I understand losing is tough, but loose with class.

  8. Head injury for John. They held him out. This program looks out for the kids. A sad day for me because I will miss talking to Mr. Palumbo. I know our wonderful parents come and go and never come back. That's the sad thing to me. We as long-time Temple fans will always be here but we will miss our Temple parent friends, who never seem to come back. Thank you, though, for sending your sons to us.

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