Temple could benefit most from Penn State sanctions

Not Penn State wins anymore, but not Temple’s, either.

Forget the fact that Penn State’s seven wins over Temple  since 1998 have been “vacated.”
The Penn State sanctions announced this morning by the NCAA are staggering and there are no winners, just losers, in this case.
Still, an institution like Temple, with none of the Penn State baggage, could be a landing spot for some of these Penn State players.
The NCAA vacated all of Penn State’s wins from 1998 through 2011.
I don’t take any satisfaction in any of that. I will take my satisfaction on Sept. 22 when the Owls pick up a real win at Beaver Stadium. Nothing less.
Forget all that, though.
Temple stands to benefit in more tangible ways from Penn State’s sanctions today.
Perhaps more, or at least as much, as any other school.
Penn State players are eligible to transfer today and play at any school tomorrow.
Why not Temple?
Temple is in the same state as many of the current Penn State players.
Temple, like Penn State, plays in a BCS conference.
Temple, unlike Penn State, is located in a major media market.
Temple, unlike Penn State, is eligible to play in bowls for the next four years.
Temple, unlike Penn State, gets to use its full complement of 25 scholarships for the next four years.
Temple, unlike Penn State and even Pitt (which had four head coaches in a little over a calendar year) offers the most stability of any program in Pennsylvania.
Why not Temple, indeed?
If I were a Penn State football player or current verbal, I would be on the phone with Steve Addazio today.


8 thoughts on “Temple could benefit most from Penn State sanctions

  1. Indeed, from the vantage point of any College Football player at Penn State. Why not? You have access to a world-class city, beautiful urban college setting. A program that will give you an opportunity to play early and often. You will also be able to continue to create a football winning tradition.

  2. Honestly, Temple presents an excellent opportunity for any Penn State player looking to leave Happy Valley. Philadelphia is a world-class city, Temple can now boast that it has a beautiful urban campus with fantastic facilities. Also, the T.U. program provides students an opportunity to continue to build upon a winning tradition that has recently sent a number of successful players to the NFL.

  3. "Could benefit"? WILL benefit. Ten Big Ten level recruits now available to go to TU over PITT or any other out-of-State interloper. Yeah Temple is rising at the right time with this going down.

  4. I think the Owls will benefit from this incredibly sad chapter in the history of a great public university but I don't think it will be a complete windfall. PSU players typically are interested in the 'college atmosphere' afforded by Big-10 schools with on-campus stadiums and legitimate shots at national titles. It will be interesting to see if this episode changes their interest in schools that treat football as religion.I've been an Owl's fan since the 1970s but am realistic about the potential appeal of our program to four star recruits. We offer the potential to build a winning program but these kids already have established top-tier programs lining up. I think we may be able to pick off a few of their existing transfers and would be very happy if we were able to land just two of their three-star verbals.Given the circumstances I have a hard time getting excited about the 'wins' and share your feeling that actually beating PSU this season (and hopefully going 3-0)would provide the most satisfaction.For all the grief the NCAA gets I think this is largely a good decision as it helps the victims and punishes those accountable for this travesty. They are using the $60M to fund abuse programs, expunging the wins that occurred since JoPa went silent and imposing restrictions on bowl participation which seem in line with the NCAA stated goals. The elimination of 20 scholies seems hash and perhaps mis-aligned. This essentially takes PSU out of D-1 contention for a decade during which time they could have been required to provide additional funding to child abuse charities. It also impacts other sports relying on this revenue that will be collaterally damaged by this decision. I hope a lesson is learned from this episode but we'll have to wait and see….Keep up the great work!

  5. Hi Mike,Way to go for being on top of this breaking news! I agree with your perspective that Temple now seems like the best option for D-I football in Pennsylvania.But I want to correct you on something – according to the NCAA:How does the vacation of records work?All wins are removed from the NCAA's official records. Wins attributed to the coach of a team whose penalties are vacated will also be expunged. Opposing teams are not granted wins.Source: http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/ncaa/20120723/21207232Despite this, I think Temple is still in a good position to come away with a victory against Penn State in 2012.

  6. After last year's game, Joe paterno was quoted several times that Temple was their toughest foe of the year. Maybe an overstatement considering they played Bama as well, but you have to believe that some players heard that, saw what Temple and Daz are doing, and want to get into a better situation. Daz already has made inroads there by recruiting Newsome. PSU players – come play at Temple!

  7. not sure if I'm correct? but I believe PSU just vacates the wins which does not mean other teams adjust their win totals- So Temple would still be 0-7 vs Psu and would be 9-4 not 10-3 like suggested. Again I could be wrong.

  8. I'm only going on Temple's experience with "vacated wins" during the 1986 season. Temple beat Western Michigan that year, 49-17. Western Michigan claimed that Temple "vacated win" as a win over Temple. Every preview of Western Michigan vs. Temple reflected that 1986 game as a WMU win. That irked me to no end since I was in Kalamazoo that day and it was a major Temple bleep-whipping.

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