Brown turns down SEC and Big 10 offers for TU

Buddy Brown’s junior year highlights at Williamstown, N.J.

“You don’t have to go to Rutgers, you can go right here. We are not North Jersey people. We are basically a step over from Philly. We love the Eagles. We love Temple basketball. We like all that. So why not stay here and have a chance to make a change?”
_Sean Brown, Buddy Brown’s father

Ben Franklin once said it first in this town, over 200 years ago:
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Now you can add a third certainty.
Delusional Rutgers’ fans.
Prior to Temple getting verbals from  Jihaad Pretlow and  P.J. Walker, RU fans were drooling over getting their services.
When the two committed to Temple, the prevalent opinion was Rutgers must have backed off at the last minute and “they weren’t that good, anyway.”
Now that Williamstown four-star linebacker Buddy Brown has committed to Temple, RU fans are saying the same thing.
Truth is no offer was ever pulled. Brown was’s top-rated linebacker in New Jersey and the 10th highest-rated player on the board at any position in that state. He was a four-star national recruit by them and a three-star national recruit by

Your typical, run-of-the-mill, Rutgers’ football fan

Brown picked Temple fair and square.
It doesn’t matter what a group of nerd fans say, but what Brown says.
“I think more recruits should take a harder look at Temple,” Brown said. “They will be impressed.”
One RU fan came onto and wrote, “you really don’t think someone would turn down an offer to come to Rutgers or Penn State over Temple, do you?”
Well, yeah, and there’s no thinking involved, just facts.
Ask former Big East player of the Year Walter Washington (who turned down Nebraska), former Owl wide receiver Mike Palys (who turned down Penn State), former MAC defensive player of the year Adrian Robinson (who turned down Pitt) and current quarterback Chris Coyer (who turned down Ohio State), among many others who could have gone anywhere but chose Temple.
Rutgers’ fan reaction is curious and humorous, more than annoying, really.
They can’t accept the fact that Temple has a more charismatic head coach than they do, a guy who was head coach at Florida (even if it was for three months). They can’t accept the fact that Temple has a defensive coordinator who as a defensive coach was instrumental in an 11-0 season at Utah and was the brains behind a national championship defense at Florida.
They can’t accept the fact that, in comparison, they have a dull, bland, unproven offensive line coach taking over for Greg Schiano.
Yeah, right, and the 23th-ranked linebacker in the country got an offer pulled from Rutgers when he had offers on the table from Wisconsin (Big 10) and the SEC (Mississippi State).
I didn’t know Rutgers, 7-13 in its last 20 conference games, was in the NFC East.
Baghdad Bob must have had a degree in communications from Rutgers.
He was the guy who stood on one bank of the Tigris River on April 8, 2003 in Baghdad saying “American Troops are committing suicide” and “they will be either killed or burned in their tanks”  before getting to the other side.
Two U.S. Army M1 tanks could be seen in the background. By April 9, the entire town of Baghdad was secured and Bob was arrested by the troops he said would commit suicide or burn.
RU will learn the hard way on Oct. 20, 2012, just like Bob did on April 9, 2003. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=”//”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);


6 thoughts on “Brown turns down SEC and Big 10 offers for TU

  1. Mike, good news! do you recall how many three star recruits we had last year? how many of them started, and did the others get significant playing time? just trying to calibrate my expectations for the upcoming season

  2. not off the top of my head, but will try to look that up in the next couple of days.As a rule, true freshmen usually don't play.Right now, the new contributors for 2012 will be Al Golden's last redshirt group, including Nate Smith and a couple of starting offensive linemen.

  3. I've heard two views on this, that PSU is definitely getting sanctions and that it is not getting them.Technically, it might not be covered in the rulebook but, as a PR move, it would be a great statement for the NCAA to take scholarships and/or bowl games away.That way, if there is a future pedophile out there (God, I hope not) athletic directions won't be so fast to sweep this under the rug in the guise of protecting the school's image.I guess we'll have to wait and see.The trial is over.If the NCAA is going to move, it will be in the next couple of months.

  4. Hey Mike,Pompey has a nice article ref our attendance. he claims our football program lost $600K last year and we have the worst practice facilities in the BE…., Bradshaw says we are building it and fans will come if we win. Daz says 30k per game is a reasonable goal this year…., after some hard thinking here it is: WE MUST BEAT PSU TO AVG 30K PER GAME THIS YEAR. Our fan base consists of three primary groups – Temple students, faculty, and families; alumni in the surrounding states; and the greater Philadelphia surrounding area population. The first group will show up in numbers if we win 7 to 8 games per year. The second and third group is heavily influenced by the local media. Temple is always the second page story behind PSU. Beating them is the only way to flip the coin. the second and third groups will show up in big numbers when they believe Temple truly is "Philadelphia's Team". It remains beyond me why the Philly media embraces PSU and keeps Temple at a distance. Pompey has a good point, the rise of Louisville is a good model for us. The key to our program success is beating PSU, which is above and beyond the immediate goal of being competitive in the BE this year.Daz and Heater must first recruit to field a team capable of beating PSU. hard sell due to our past, poor facilities, and the attendance. But look what AG did in terms of attracting talent to get us where we are now. Daz and Heater have to sell, recruit, sell, recruit, build and beat PSU…., IMHO

  5. Totally agree with that above comment. Beating Penn State is a must. Now that we have a quarterback who can do it and they have a new coach and three guys left PSU who were DBs, the latest being Derrick Thomas, Chris Coyer must riddle their secondary with passes. Nothing would legitimize Temple football more than a win over Penn State. That said, I hope PSU does well in the Big 10 after their loss to the Owls.

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