At the MAC Media Day in 2007 this is what Al said:
“There are several reasons for the change,” Golden said. “The first is for our current team to discover our tradition. The 2007 uniform brings us back to the most successful TEAM period in the history of Temple Football; a time that produced a 10-game winner and a final Top 20 ranking in both polls. The second reason is quite simply branding. When I was growing up in New Jersey, Temple’s helmets were unique. It was one of the most recognizable helmets in the East, let alone the country. Somewhere along the way that got lost, so I wanted to bring it back. The last reason has to do with our overall football operation. Our goal is to be first in every endeavor that we believe impacts our football team. We now feel like we have the best uniform, not only in the MAC, but on the East Coast. We have our brand back and it is here to stay.”
Golden stayed for five mostly wonderful years but the brand did not because some bald-headed bastard changed it back to the Temple T and then skipped town.
“When I was growing up in New Jersey,
Temple’s helmets were unique.
It was one of the most recognizable
helmets in the East, let alone the country.
Somewhere along the way that got lost,
so I wanted to bring it back …”
_ Al Golden
An ad that appeared on “Owlsports.com” on Monday morning, May 12, illustrated the need to put the name “Temple” back in the helmets. A copy writer for Under Armour confused the Temple ][ with the Texas Tech T (see photo at the top of this story) and nobody from Temple caught the mistake before it appeared on “Temple” website. While we all know and love the Temple ][, I have long felt that it doesn’t mean a hill of beans to fans from Texas or Tulane or Tulsa. That’s why Wayne Hardin put TEMPLE on the helmets and why Golden felt it was important to put it back.
Matt Rhule, in my mind, had the right idea in experimenting with a number of attractive helmet combinations but this one won the day by a good margin for me:To me, the beauty of that helmet is that both promotes the SCHOOL brand and says what the brand stands for, and for that, Matt Rhule may have stumbled upon a “King Solomon-Like” solution that restores the Temple helmets to the national prominence they had under both Al Golden and Wayne Hardin. After all, those were three pretty smart guys: King Solomon, Al Golden and Wayne Hardin.
That kind of Karma might have a positive effect on the won/loss record, too.