Temple could be in the BE tomorrow

O’Connor presides over important call.

Call it a coincidence or symbolism, but on Hump Day of Leap Day of Leap Year, Temple athletics is poised to make a Bob Beamon kind of leap and get over a hump that has seemed to block any progress for almost a decade.
If you don’t remember the Olympic triple-jumper, think former Temple wide receiver Willie Marshall and his 37-inch vertical leap.
Hump Day/Leap Day/Leap Year 2012 could be the biggest day in the history of Temple sports thanks to some visionary leadership provided by Temple University Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick J. O’Connor.
Heck, I’ve always had a soft spot for  O’Connor.
Despite the fact that he graduated from Villanova, the Chairman of the Temple University Board of Trustees is a likeable guy and a loyal Owl. He happens to have the same last name as maiden name of my mother, who passed away on Jan. 14 of last year.
Plus, he’s always proven to be a Temple guy at heart and knows the mission of the school and he’s always moved the school forward and not backward or sideways.
The second reason is why I’m more convinced O’Connor will guide the Board of Trustees in the right direction in the most important conference call in the history of Temple University when they vote on accepting a Big East offer tomorrow.
According to this excellent story by Michael Bradley on CSNPhilly.com, O’Connor said that Steve Addazio and Fran Dunphy are great coaches and deserve a national stage at Temple.
They can’t get that stage in the MAC or A-10.
While we sports fans know you don’t get two better coaches than Daz or Dunph, it is nice to know that the guy at the very top feels the same way.
The Big East isn’t perfect, but in the national college football game of musical chairs, once the music stops the Big East will be able to find a seat at the BCS table.
The MAC won’t.
It’s not personal.
It’s business.
I think by the time a packed house sends the remarkable senior men’s basketball class off at the Temple vs. UMass game (good tickets still available by clicking on the banner above this story but not for long), the day will take on a festive party atmosphere unlike anything at the school since the road hoop win over No. 1 Cincy in 2000 or the hoop win at North Carolina in 1988 that made the school No. 1 in the AP poll for 11 straight weeks.
Still, as big as those days were, hump day this week could be the best-ever because of the implications for the school’s two major teams.
Imagine, if you will, Temple winning the Big East title in 2012. It’s not a dream. Al Golden and Steve Addazio have built the talent level at Temple to compete in the upper tier RIGHT NOW. If all things break right (no Matty Brown injury, for instance), Temple could win this league right away.
Picture the kind of pub Temple would get on a national scale if that happens. No amount of money can buy that kind of advertising.
If the board accepts the Big East invitation, it will be the greatest day in the history of Temple sports and maybe one of the greatest days in university history as well.
I can’t think of another opportunity in any endeavor to promote the Temple brand nationally than this provides. This will have positive implications for the school that goes well beyond the realm of sports.


5 thoughts on “Temple could be in the BE tomorrow

  1. Mike, I just want to say thank you for your great contributions to Temple sports…particularly Temple Football… through your writing…..I have followed your blog religiously since I have been at Temple but have never posted a comment…I came in as a transfer student from NJ in January 2011….I only wish you also did a Temple basketball blog….I HOPE OUR ADMINISTRATION MAKES THE OBVIOUS CHOICE….I HOPE THEY TRULY UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS MEANS FOR TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, TEMPLE STUDENTS, TEMPLE ALUMNI, TEMPLE FANS, AND THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA. GO TEMPLE!!!!BACK TO THE BIG EASTOUR ADMINISTRATION SHOULD ACCEPT AND THE MEETING SHOULDN'T LAST LONGER THAN IT TAKES TO SAY THE TWO LETTERS O and KIf they do accept….I can finally stop posting stupid comments on ESPN article/blog comment sections. It's getting old explaining to clueless people how legitimate Temple really is at college sports. Big East members and other BCS schools alike will soon enough know Temple's athletic legitimacy once we are competing against them in the same conference and winning.

  2. thanks, TempleO's, .. those comments mean a lot to me.I'm not a millionaire, but my contribution back to the uni is this blog and I'd like to thank everyone who contributed so far to keep it alive.I've also read the comments on the other BE websites and I can only say this:They do not know what is about to hit them. They have no idea. It's like the Maryland football team had no idea what was about to hit them in the pre-game warmups last year.That game would have been 45-0 if Daz didn't take 4 knees at the 1-inch line and yet we still have BE fans predicting a MD win over us at our place (where we've been 20-3 over the last 23 games) DESPITE the fact that 24 scholarship players quit Maryland.We know all these things.They don't.Father forgive them because they don't know what they do.Payback will be a beeactch.

  3. "…., free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last"! the BOT has surprised everyone…., we have a date with destiny and we will show-up in our sunday best…., this is beyond huge.., Spring Practice will be electric

  4. I just hope Addazio thanks the MAC, without them none of this would have been possible. NOW BRING ON THE BIG EAST!

  5. Today should be a happy day and, from O'Connor's comments, he all but said we're in …. YET … yet … I am a Temple fan and used to bitter disappointment.We were the only 8-4 team who beat a BCS conference champion (BE) refused a bowl and that was a bitter day.Doug Gottlieb said we moved up to a deserving No. 2 seed in NCAA hoops a couple of years ago and we got a No. 5 and a game against a 24-1 No. 12.Another disappointing day.Then I read an article that will appear in today's Inky that says Temple should turn down the BE.Huh?Turn it down for exactly what?I hope the rest of the BOT doesn't read or put any credence in that guy's misguided and misinformed (he didn't even know it was an all-sports invite) opinion.On a day, the columnists should salute Temple's persistence, this is what we get?Temple fans deserve more.Hopefully, by 3:05 p.m. this afternoon they will get it.

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