Playing the role of Bill Bradshaw, the Temple University administration, Dr. Neil Theobald, the players, parents and everybody else who thought hiring Matt Rhule as head coach was a good idea is Henry Winkler (above).
Playing the role of me is Ron Howard.
I had serious reservations about such a great university allowing a neophyte to run its football program that I expressed it in the day after Steve Addazio resigned, suggesting that the university follow these guidelines closely when it comes to hiring its next football coach.
The only difference is Winkler, or The Fonz, actually admitted he was wrong.
I don’t expect a similar apology.
In the comments below that post, I got into a little exchange with Michael about our philosophies on the next coach:
This was my response to that:
Let’s get this straight: Matt Rhule is not going anywhere. That’s not the way Temple University operates in athletics. If it makes a mistake, as this now appears to be, it swallows the mistake, admits no wrongdoing and gives the guy a period of years to either succeed or fail.
This is very much like being married to Roseanne Barr for four more years. A miserable four more years of waking up on Saturdays next to butt-ugly football and nagging “Temple sucks” comments with nothing to say but “yes, Dear.”
After losing the two most “winnable” games on the Temple football schedule, an 0-12 season is a distinct possibility now. I hope the team goes 8-4 or 7-5 or 6-6, but 0-12 is now a much more realistic number than any of those.
This is very much like being married
to Roseanne Barr for four more years.
A miserable four more years of waking
up on Saturdays next to butt-ugly
football and nagging “Temple sucks”
comments with nothing
to say but “yes, Dear.”
Rhule made huge mistakes in hiring two buddies as coordinators, one of whom, Phil Snow, has not stopped Division IA offenses on a regular basis since the last century. Marcus Satterfield was a backup choice as offensive coordinator. These buddies are great guys to have pizza and watch film with over at the E-O while discussing the good old days at UCLA and Western Carolina, but not good-enough guys to be in a foxhole with on Saturday afternoons.
Satterfield had the distinction of being held to three points at halftime against a team that had given up no fewer than 40 points in its first four games.
Nice going, Marcus. You have a quarterback on your team who was good enough to be a bowl MVP and you haven’t had him throw one pass off a fake in four games? What are you, blind? Your plays are bullbleep Tennessee-Chattanooga plays. Why all the 50-yard bombs, when you only need 6-7 yards to move the sticks?
It’s not the talent. It’s definitely not the talent.
This talent is one year removed from putting up 62 points on Army and one year removed from shutting out UConn on the road in the second half. Montel Harris might have run for all those touchdowns, but those holes opened up by the very same players (sans Martin Wallace) were probably large enough for Zaire Williams to run through, too.
I had hoped I was wrong and all the other people who thought hiring Matt Rhule was a good idea were right. I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Fordham and Idaho are Exhibits A and B and this case appears to be closed.
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