October 30, 2015 |
I HAVE covered Temple football for much of my professional life. That means I've seen an awful lot of stuff. For the longest time, most of it wasn't good. Where to begin? Well, in the early 1990s, when the Owls were trying to compete in the Big East, I routinely went to Veterans Stadium to watch them play on Saturdays even though we didn't have a Sunday paper. I didn't have to be there. And other reporters would ask me why I bothered. I didn't really have a good answer, other than that's what I did. Games weren't on TV as they are now. I didn't have to fight traffic, since the crowds were usually in the low four figures.
January 14, 2013 |
Temple's worst football decision in the last 25 years? No-brainer: firing Bruce Arians. Maybe it seemed like a good idea at the time, a quarter-century back, since Arians won only seven games in his final two seasons on North Broad Street. That's what you do when teams win seven games in two seasons, right? Time to bring in a new man. Unless you're Temple. Arians should have gotten a raise. Yes, it's obvious now that the man can coach. He went on to a productive career as an NFL assistant, was offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, impressively took charge of the Indianapolis Colts this season when cancer hit head coach Chuck Pagano, and now is on the frequent-interviewee list for open head coaching spots, including with the Eagles, who are expected to meet with Arians on Tuesday.
December 6, 2012 |
ANOTHER NAME has popped up as a possibility in Temple's search for a new football coach. And it might be a familiar one for those who go back a while with the program. Several sources said that San Jose's State head coach Mike MacIntyre is somebody Temple is interested in, perhaps even targeting. He was the Owls' defensive coordinator in 1997, Ron Dickerson's last season, and 1998, Bobby Wallace's first. The SAn Jose Mercury-News reported that McIntyre already interviewed last week for the vacancy at California.
July 15, 2011 |
Ron Dickerson Sr. has been hired as an assistant football coach at Gardner-Webb college in North Carolina. He will coach the defensive line. Dickerson's son, Ron Jr., is the first-year head coach at Gardner-Webb. The elder Dickerson was head coach at Lambuth University, in Tennessee, last season. He has also coached at Temple, from 1992-97, and Alabama State, 1998-99. He was drafted in 1971 out of Kansas State by the Miami Dolphins, but was injured in preseason in 1972, the year the Dolphins posted a 16-0 record.
December 29, 2008 |
They sat in the same seat, but a month from now Tom Bradley and Steve Sarkisian will be on different stages. Bradley, Penn State's defensive coordinator, will return to the Lions for his 31st season as an assistant coach. Sarkisian, Southern Cal's offensive coordinator, has accepted the head-coaching job at Washington. The two coaches, who were on hand for yesterday's Rose Bowl media event at the Downtown Marriott, represent dissimilar career paths for college assistants. The 52-year-old Bradley is the longtime Penn State employee that has said that he wants a head-coaching job, but at the same time, values loyalty and the stability of staying in one place.
November 7, 2007 |
The former Penn State player remembered Joe Paterno telling his recruiting class it would be his last as head coach of the Nittany Lions. "That was 1987," said Al Golden, who couldn't have imagined then that, two decades later, he would be preparing to coach the Temple Owls against Paterno at a place in Philadelphia called Lincoln Financial Field. Two decades after telling Golden and Sam Gash and the rest of the PSU Class of '91 that they would see him through to retirement, Paterno won't even entertain questions about the R-word.
November 7, 2007 |
When Al Golden called his former coach and boss after the 2005 season for advice about possible career advancement, he received the same admonition that another former Penn State assistant had received 13 years earlier. Don't accept the head-coaching job at Temple, Joe Paterno warned Golden, Al Groh's defensive coordinator at Virginia, in effect telling him that to do so was tantamount to career suicide. Golden, like Ron Dickerson before him, believed that Temple's moribund football program could be salvaged.
October 24, 2007 |
Temple football can never be really successful. Ask anyone in Philadelphia. They know that as well as they know condos will never sell in Center City, and neighborhoods like Fishtown and Northern Liberties will never come back. Al Golden has no use for the old losing assumptions about his football program, about his university, about the city that surrounds its campus. Temple's second-year coach expects success, and right now, with a three-game winning streak on his side, it's pretty tough to argue with him. "After the first win over Northern Illinois, it was like we won the Super Bowl," Golden said as he sat outside Temple's practice facility yesterday.
November 1, 2000 |
For most of Kevin Harvey's 24 years, fall was the loudest season, the best season. Every fall, from midget leagues through his four amazing years at Paulsboro, even along a bumpy path at Temple University, cheers rained on Harvey as regularly as the leaves fell. Now, for the first time in more than 10 years, autumn is the quiet season for Harvey. Now, he is biding his time, trying to stay in shape until the start of the Arena Football League season in April. It is a hard transition to make, from the fall to the spring.
October 12, 2000 |
So, when was the last time Temple was a road favorite? Glad you asked. Last September, the Owls were giving a point at Akron. They lost, 25-15. OK, when was the last time they were favored on the road in the Big East? That would be Oct. 31, 1998, at Rutgers, where they were giving three. They lost, 21-10. The time before that? Try Oct. 26, 1996, at Rutgers. Laying 11/2, they lost, 28-17. On Oct. 5 of that year, the Owls were favored by two at Pitt. Yep, again they lost, 53-52, which was enough to drive coach Ron Dickerson into a brief retirement.