Mining a post-practice press conference

Post-practice interview sessions in August are a little like prospecting for Gold in 1849.

Put the pan in, do some swishing, move some dirt and look for the kernels of knowledge.’s John DiCarlo is a good guy and a fine journalist, but he’s a master of the 35-second question, trying to frame the answer.

Fortunately, Temple head coach Matt Rhule gives the answers he wants to give.

Here’s what we learned:

  • Romond Deloatch overslept and was late for practice so he got switched from tight end to defensive line. He had seven or eight sacks, or so Rhule says. (Hey, the kid is  a great athlete, so it’s believable.)
  • Rhule still has the New York Giants’ playbook. (If one is missing, coach Coughlin, now you know where it is.) Hey, I know a Temple fan who has a UConn playbook but I’m not saying who he or she is.
  • Pete White is playing great at right guard for the Owls and Rhule wants to “trade” him to the NFL at the end of the season.
  • P.J. Walker is progressing at about the same rate as Teddy Bridgewater did before his freshman year at Louisville and that’s a very good thing. I hope the Owls can keep him away from the memorabilia guys.
  • Connor Reilly has a slight ankle sprain.
  • Juice Granger is throwing the ball better than ever.
  • One of the goals of the team is getting back its sack mojo (40-45 a year during the Golden/Rhule Era).

Good stuff, but I can’t wait until 8/31/13. The countdown continues:


4 thoughts on “Mining a post-practice press conference

  1. who do you see winning the qb job?

  2. Juice. Just a hunch. He’s throwing the ball so well and Connor’s got a bum ankle. Ten days ago, I would have said Connor. Ten days from now I might say P.J. If NBC told ND to move the game to this Saturday, I’d have to say Juice.

  3. I’m a huge fan of the owls and your blog and consider you the foremost authority on the owls. This leads me to the question… do you think the owls will acquit themselves against Notre Dame? I’m no fan of the Irish but they did just play for the national championship and pretty much reload with 4 and 5-star talent each year. I’d like to believe the owls will make it a game but have some serious concerns.


  4. Thanks, Dayowl87 … I think the gap between talent at ND and Temple is about the same as Temple and Wyoming in 2011. So I’m going to say 37-15. No worse than that, although I can also see 31-14, 31-17. If it’s 49-7, Houston we have a problem. Since Houston is next on the schedule, it’s a big problem. if it’s 31-17, we beat Houston. If it’s 49-7, we don’t. I’m thinking 37-15.

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