Somewhere between 1 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Temple athletic director Dr. Pat Kraft made the walk across the street to join a radio program that was being broadcast live from inside the Liacouras Center with hosts Etyan Shander and Geoff Mosher.
There were probably only a handful of people inside the arena to listen and only marginally more driving in their cars, but anytime Kraft speaks it is worth a listen. Too bad the station has not made a podcast of it (probably because he did not mention the Philadelphia Eagles) or we would link it here, but we were taking notes.
- Here are some bullet points:
On Changing Conference Scenarios: Without specifically addressing the question, Kraft quoted, of all people, Steve Martin. “It’s like Steve Martin says: Be so good that people can’t help but notice you. We were so good in football this past year that people couldn’t help but notice us. Look at our women’s basketball game today. We were playing the No. 1 team in the country (UConn) and giving them all they can handle. We were eight points down when I left (he did not say if it was 8-0). In men’s basketball, I was telling people to take a deep breath and wait this season out and we would be good and that’s turned out to be the case. People are noticing us there, too. The other things take care of themselves.”
- On the Stadium: “Yeah, it’s something that I think we need. My biggest point is that soon we will be having around 15,000 students on campus and those 15,000 students should be able to have the same experience students at other schools have and not have to be bused to home games.”
- On the protests to the stadium: When Mosher said he was surprised at some of the protests, Kraft said: “I wasn’t. Look, this is a long process and we’re going to work with the community over their concerns. When they express concerns about any other specific issue related to the stadium, we’re going to ask them what they want us to do to address these specific issues. It’s going to be a give-and-take and we’re going to do our best clear all those issues up before we proceed.”
- On the immediate future of football: “Guys, we really haven’t reached our peak. We’re not done yet. Matt (Rhule) has brought in a tremendous recruiting class and we’re just going to get better next year and the year after that.”
Unfortunately, Shander and Mosher did not ask Kraft if there was any progress on getting out of the Stony Brook contract so the Owls can lay a spanking on a FBS foe instead but, to be fair, Shander and Mosher probably do not even know Stony Brook is on the schedule.