Last year, the Temple Owls did something relatively simple which was remarkably spectacular and that was put the simple word “Lew” on a patch of the helmet.
This year, for Pete’s sake, it is time to revisit that and, by saying for Pete’s sake, we mean it literally. The word “Pete” should be on the patch this year in Cherry and White for a double meaning in that it would honor two men of the same name who were instrumental in support of the football program, Pete Chodoff and Peter J. Liacouras.
We covered the passing of “Doc” Chodoff a couple of months ago, so we will concentrate on Pete Liacouras here. Full disclosure: I have been critical of Liacouras since he was behind the firing of the only decent head coach between Wayne Hardin and Al Golden and that was Bruce Arians. It was a mistake that set Temple football back 20 years, but Liacouras should be given credit for admitting the mistake.
Arians forgave Pete a long time ago and so should we.
In the end, though, Liacouras’ heart was in the right place for Temple football even if his Sugar Bowl timetable was a little off. He wanted a stadium, but he did not want one if there wasn’t “an identifiable funding source” and that phrase has been the foundation for the new proposed stadium.
It would be nice if the stadium was built, but the more immediate task at hand is for the season to be dedicated to him and the “other” Pete with a simple patch. Cherry and White would be the perfect color.
This is all, of course, up to Matt Rhule but he showed how something relatively simple last year could be remarkably spectacular and this tribute would be the exact same thing.
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