When my mother was alive and I was in my more formative years, she used to repeat two phrases over and over to me which were not original, but at least profound.
“Honesty is the best policy.”
“If you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.”
Temple first-year head coach Geoff Collins’ mom must have said the same thing when he was growing up because, in the six months or so he’s been on the job, he’s been both honest and nice. I haven’t heard him say a negative word about anyone and he’s seemed to avoid the proclamations of loyalty to Temple that got past coaches criticism for hypocrisy, let alone lack of honesty.
I guess Temple fans should be thankful for that much, but the questions about what impact this will have on recruiting have yet to be answered.
Maybe that’s what Collins was thinking back in December when he answered the best question of the introductory press conference this way:
“I’ll tell them I concentrate on the here and now.”
In true Jeopardy fashion, we will now give you the question was posed by Temple-made 920 The Jersey sports talk show host Zach Gelb.
“Can you honestly tell kids you are recruiting you will be here when they graduate?”
It has been part of the sidebar of this website to print what I determine to be the best quotes about the program on the sidebar and I have included two quotes from in the past from former Temple coaches.
One, was this one from Matt Rhule:
That was last year after Rhule signed his second five-year contract.
Another was from Al Golden on the day he was hired. “I’m going to build a house of brick, not straw.”
While Rhule didn’t keep his promise of a year ago, Golden pretty much kept his made over a decade ago. Golden built the program the right way, recruiting a highly-rated (compared to league foes) class every year and making sure the program sustained itself by redshirting a large group of players in order to build depth down the line.
He left after five years, owing Temple nothing, making no promises he would be here for the long haul.
Rhule left the program in good shape, too, yet a lot of fans wished he had been more honest.
If you want honest, you’ve got him in Collins. While it might be nice for recruiting purposes for Collins to say he wants to be “The Guy” who wants to stay and build something more substantial than Golden or Rhule did, honesty certainly is the best policy.
His Mom should be proud.
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