Press conferences hiring FBS head coaches are elaborate and well-attended functions with both sides toasting the other with usually a few hundred glowing words.
Unlike another elaborate and well-attended function with similar toasts, the words “until death do us part” are never uttered.
That’s because these things usually end with that old business formula: Up or out.
For Temple recently, it’s been a lot of ups—Miami, Boston College and Baylor come to mind—and few outs (Bobby Wallace).
That’s a good thing.
The only scenario better for the Owls would be an “up and up” situation like the ones currently enjoyed by places like Ohio University and The Naval Academy at Annapolis.
Of the successful Group of Five coaches in the last decade, just about everyone other than Frank Solich (Ohio) and Ken Niumatalolo (Navy) have moved on to so-called greener pastures. So-called because the Temple coaches who left probably now are finding out that money does not buy the same type of happiness they had at 10th and Diamond.
After Al Golden, Steve Addazio and Matt Rhule did not, is head coach Geoff Collins The One to give Temple football a long-term commitment?
Temple fans have longed hoped that some coach looks into that history and figures out that $2 million-a-year is enough to live on and have a nice life without having one eye on the door.
Maybe we’re reading a little too much into this, but Geoff Collins gave an indication he’s only planning to go one place for any extended period NEXT offseason.
Collins committed to taking a group of a dozen football Owls to Rome next season after a successful trip to Tokyo last month.
Rome, like Tokyo, hosts a satellite campus of Temple University and the Owls plan to go there next year.
If Collins can do something like winning a championship here this year and fixing the revolving door at the E-O and stay next year, he will be joining a pretty exclusive club.
For now, though, keeping that Rome trip commitment after any kind of positive success this season would be a good way to start.
Monday: Immediate Needs
Wednesday: Road Trips
Friday: Early Recruiting Rankings of Note
Monday (6/18): Birthday Wishes
Wednesday (6/20): When No News Equals Bad News