When Matt Rhule took over the head coaching job at Baylor, one of the reasons he gave was that he was called to accept the position because of his faith.
That kind of stunned the people who knew him at Temple over nearly the last 10 years because no one had ever heard him mention his “faith” or “God” in a public statement in any of his press conferences at the Edberg-Olson Football Complex.
Many had just written off the comment as “playing to the audience.” That said, in his first press conference at Temple University, was his statement of “wanting Bill (Bradshaw) to allow me to sign a 15-year contract” also playing to the crowd?
Still, I could see God listening to all of this and giving the Dikembe Motoembo “no” waving finger to Rhule on both counts.
That begs the question. How come God has never called for one of these big-time coaches to come help a lesser school than a Power 5 one?
You know, the same God who might agree with the Pope on this:
To me, God is the Being who says to go help the weaker become stronger.
In college football, that means telling the big-time coach to go help the G5 team, not the P5 team.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think so.
The photo of Matt Rhule cheering for the Baylor basketball team does not sit well with me, not because I wish him ill but because it represents the perfect illustration of power and money over weakness and poverty.
It is amazing how $7 million dollars makes one a fan of another team so quickly.
I would like to think that if I was offered $7 million tomorrow to be a fan of, say, Alabama and reject my fandom of Temple that I would say no and I am fairly confident no amount of money could make me reject the team I love.
God must love the Power 5 over the Group of 5. I’m still waiting (hell, praying) for the first photo of Nick Saban or Dabo Sweeney saying at a press conference that they have been called to a school like Temple or Navy because God called them to go there.
Because God gave me common sense, I will not hold my breath but I would love to, err, God-willing live long enough to see that day.
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