The return of OVO.
Some of you have watched the practice videos posted here over the last month. If the Owls have as good a month on the field in September as Owls’ TV had in August, they should be 4-0 right out of the gate.
Not only has newcomer Kevin Copp done an outstanding job presenting a number of storylines breaking every day at the Edberg-Olson Complex, he’s mixed in a crew of familiar Temple faces like “Our Very Own” Scott Hartkorn and Chris Williams who bring their own unique perspective.
Copp has done so well we wish that he will one day become the radio voice of the football Owls, replacing Harry Donahue. There’s no nicer guy than Harry, but listening to Temple football over the past decade or so has become complete and utter torture. We’re just as likely to hear “it’s thrown over the middle and the Owls intercept … no, it’s dropped” as we are “P.J. Walker throws it into the end zone and it’s a Temple touchdown … check that, they are saying he’s out of bounds” than a clean call of any play. Paul Palmer deserves a better partner.
Hardened ISIS detainees in Guantanamo Bay immune to water boarding, Chinese water torture and the spiked whip have been known to spill some useful intelligence when forced to listen to a Harry Donahue Temple football broadcast.
When Al Golden came to Temple in 2005, he brought with him a detailed binder of how to build a football program from the ground floor up.
It was neatly typed, separated into chapters, and something he brought to an interview with then Temple AD Bill Bradshaw. It also got him a job at a place former coach Ron Dickerson once called “a sleeping giant.”
Golden did a better job waking up the Rip Van Winkle of college football because his binder served as a loud alarm, complete with clucking roosters, clanging trash cans and early morning lawn mowers. One of the chapters in the back of the book had to do with media, both internal and external.
Golden hired a 22-year-old kid, Fran Duffy, who was good enough to parlay his Temple experience into the head video job for the Philadelphia Eagles. His sidekick was Hartkorn, who’d he throw the report to with the familiar words, “now over to our very own Scotty Hartkorn.” Hartkorn became known as simply, OVO. At the annual football banquets, Golden called them, “the best in the business.”
Now with Copp and company, Temple football is back to being the best in that part of the business. Can’t wait to see the Arob Tribute on the video boards in a week. If the team follows suit, it’s going to be a great September.
Best interview of the summer (IMHO):