Dec. 7: A day that would have lived in TU infamy

In retrospect, Temple would have said Aloha to $500K if Hawaii hadn’t backed out of a verbal agreement.

Steve Addazio leaving for BC is the best thing
that ever happened for P.J. Walker.

Seventy-one years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7 a day that would live in infamy.
He wasn’t talking Temple football because that day came a couple of months earlier for the Owls: Their last win over Penn State.
Yet, just from what happened this week, it might have applied to the current-day Owls, too.
Tonight, around midnight Philadelphia time, Temple was scheduled to play Hawaii in what would have been the Owls’ 12th game of the season. Hawaii backed out of a verbal agreement. In retrospect, that decision saved the Owls about a half-million dollars.
Knowing what you now know about Steve Addazio, how many assistants would have been around to coach this Temple team against Hawaii?
One? Two? Zero?
Remember, this is the same Addazio who said “don’t be passing through” and to “make Temple a destination school” and that Temple was his “dream job.”
He said all those things about Boston College this week. What a phony.
Five years (or less) from now, he’ll be saying the same thing about UConn if he doesn’t get fired first. My money is on the firing.
Already, Ryan Day is in Boston recruiting for Addazio.
So is Justin Frye.
Some Temple holdovers, like Chuck Heater, are holding down the fort at the E-O in this most important recruiting weekend of the year. I’ve met Chuck and talked to him. I think he’s professional enough to expouse the benefits of staying at Temple to these recruits. The same goes for recruiting coordinator Tyree Foreman, who was instrumental in getting quarterback P.J. Walker to commit to Temple.
To me, Addazio leaving for Boston College is the best thing to even happen to P.J. Walker. Addazio is probably the only dinosaur left among college football head coaches who run a 1901 offense (run, run, sack, punt) in 2012.

Great to see this tweet yesterday from one of TU’s  top-rated  recruits.

Chances are, the next Temple football head coach, whether he’s Mike MacIntrye, Dave Clawson, Matt Rhule or Mario Cristobal or someone else believe in chucking the football downfield and P.J. Walker will thrive in that system.
P.J. Walker and Temple are perfect together. The Owls lose all four quarterbacks on their depth chart after next year and P.J. would immediately slot into the starting job in 2014. In fact, he might see a lot of playing time in 2013.
So he’s better off staying and helping the new coach bring Temple a Big East championship soon.
So are the rest of the recruits.
Yesterday, a great pass-rusher, Tyler Haddock-Jones, tweeted that “of course” he was going to TU. Lord knows, Tyler and incoming NT Averee Robinson can make an impact along the defensive line and the Owls need immediate help there.
The same things Addazio said that made these guys commit to Temple are true today.
Just because Temple is no longer his dream home doesn’t mean that applies to the recruits who committed to a great school, not a flawed man.

Tomorrow: How the coaching dominoes affect the Temple field


5 thoughts on “Dec. 7: A day that would have lived in TU infamy

  1. Mike.('t.hire.Notre-Dames.DC???!!!!!!!!!!!!!,the,!!!!!!!!,,!,and.inexperienced.(!!!!!,!!!!!!!!!…,!!!!…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. sorry, no diaco … he wouldn't leave a chance to coach ND's first NC game in a generation and we're already behind the 8 ball in recruiting. That NC game will be Jan. 7. Signing day is Feb. 3. No thanks. We'd lose the entire class. Plus, how do you know Diaco, at least on the offensive side of the ball, is not Ron Dickerson?Or worse, Steve Addazio?You don't. I don't. The Temple BOT don't (doesn't).I'm not willing to roll the dice and find that out in November, one year into a $1 mil, 6-year contract.

  3. I have concerns about Averee Robinson's character. He and 4 other "Thug" buddies robbed a lone victim on the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD last summer. Hence, is the reason why he is laying low at a military school this year. I believe in redemption, but that 'gang' mindset to victimize an individual is so cowardly, it will be hard to root for him, if he comes to Temple. To date, I have not heard any explaination, or an apology. More like Temple "Thug", than Temple "Tuff."

  4. If nobody was ever given a second chance, John Chaney would have 500 losses, not 500 wins, at Temple.I've met Averee.He's a nice kid who loves Temple.I know his dad, brother (no greater Owl) mom, stepmom and grandmother. Nicer people you could not meet.Every question I ever asked Averee was "yes, sir, no sir" until I had to ask him to start calling me Mike.He will not screw up this second chance.

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