Now that the basketball season is over–sorry, we don’t count women’s basketball–the attention of the Temple University sports community rests with the improvement of the football team.
The team is in full pads now and plenty of positions are up for grabs.
We don’t usually talk about basketball here, but congratulations are in order for head coach Fran Dunphy and the men’s basketball team. Fran did a fantastic job and the team was robbed of an NCAA bid by the corrupt Selection Committee. They turned that into winning three more games after Selection Sunday and it could not have been easy to get up for those games when lesser NCAA achievers were included in the field.
Start with UCLA, a 20-13 team from the Pac-12 that did not have a quality road win the entire season. Continue with Indiana, a 20-13 team from the Big Ten that went 9-9 in its own conference, which was not as good as it has been in the recent past. Oklahoma State and Texas, among others with far lesser resumes than Temple, were included in the field.
This post by Owlsdaily.com editor Shawn Pastor was uncanningly prophetic and it came at 10:03 a.m. on Selection Sunday, approximately eight hours before the Owls were not included:
“Speaking of the committee, my biggest paranoid worry right now is about its current membership. For whatever reason, the committee is heavily populated by individuals from the West, Midwest, and South. The only East Coast guy on the committee is Northeastern AD Peter Roby (DOB’s successor, incidentally). The next best thing is the AD from UNC-Asheville. But the committee chairman Scott Barnes is from Utah State (Mountain West), and the rest of the committee is from BYU, Stanford, LSU, Michigan State, Creighton, and Conference USA. I guess Creighton is “sort of” an East Coast representative. But the bottom line is that BYU and LSU definitely have an advantage over the other bubble teams.”
All of this points to the fact that Temple must get into a Power 5 conference or the AAC must become one.
That happening probably is closer to being an April Fool’s story than it is a reality.
Speaking of April Fool’s, we considered some ideas for our annual April Fool’s Day feature but rejected them as unbelievable:
- Team’s second-best offensive lineman gets arrested and will miss the season due to getting into a fight:
- Heavily recruited linebacker “retires” at 19;
- Team that desperately needs slot receiver allows SR candidate to transfer because he doesn’t want to play DB;
- Starting guard in final game at Tulane transfers so he can play FCS football;
- NCAA gets rid of the hardship waiver rule just to deny Temple the ability to start a four-star WR.
Nobody would believe any of that, so we’re posting a best-of here: