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Reports: Northern Illinois Coach Rod Carey a Frontrunner for the Temple Job

Kevin Kinkead - January 9, 2019

Temple University doesn’t have a football coach as of January 9th.

One guy, Geoff Collins, left after the regular season and his replacement, Manny Diaz, returned to Miami just two weeks after doing his introductory press conference in North Philadelphia.

It looks like the front-runner for the doubly-vacated gig is Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey, according to The Inquirer’s Marc Narducci and Fox Sports college football guy Bruce Feldman:

Writes Narducci at Philly.com:

The scuttlebutt from the Football Coaches Convention is that Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey is looked on extremely favorable by the administration as a candidate to be Temple’s next head football coach, according to a non-Temple source.

Several people told the source that Carey made a great impression and that they expected him to be the frontrunner.

Temple, according to the source, will be interviewing candidates in Philadelphia as early as today.

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The Temple source reiterated what a different source told The Inquirer and Daily News on Tuesday, that the decision could come by the weekend if not sooner.

You might be familiar with Carey as the guy who coached 12-0 Northern Illinois in the 2013 Orange Bowl. He was an interim guy at the time, filling in for Dave Doeren, who turned his success into the head coaching gig at NC State.

Carey has been at the Huskies’ helm ever since, compiling a 52-29 record while going 38-10 in the Mid-American Conference.

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Manny Diaz Apologizes to Temple, But He’s Still a Jabroni

Kevin Kinkead - January 2, 2019

Miami head football coach Manny Diaz fired his entire offensive staff today, plus the strength and conditioning coordinator.

Say what you will about the guy, but he seems like he has the DNA to be an effective college football coach, which means he’s a cold-blooded asshole.

This, of course, took place only a few days after Diaz ditched Temple to claim the Hurricanes’ head coaching gig, a gig vacated by Mark Richt, who retired suddenly on Sunday. Diaz had been in charge of the Owls’ program for a whopping 17 days, signed 17 players to letters of intent, started assembling a staff, then fucked off back to Florida without even a half-apology or a tweet or anything remotely sympathetic to the players who committed to Geoff Collins (who left for Georgia Tech), then re-committed to Diaz, who then left for Miami. And what about a guy like Gabe Infante, who left St. Joe’s Prep for an assistant gig in North Philly?

I wasn’t expecting much from Diaz in the public relations department, and I don’t even blame the guy for leaving. He’s from Miami and the Canes’ job is his dream job, so it is what it is. I’m sure you’d also quit your gig at Sesame Place if Disney World made you a decent offer. Langhorne is great, but it’s no Orlando.

Something about the whole thing kind of bugged me, though. Maybe it was a couple of half-assed non-answers he gave to Rece Davis in an ESPN interview attached to a recent article. 

Diaz, on when he was first approached by Miami:

“It all happened really quickly. It was the middle of the day Sunday when I found out that coach Richt retired. That was a shocking pill to swallow; it was out of nowhere. I don’t think anybody expected it. Then it was really a rapid succession of events that, no one could have predicted how it happened and it was able to be turned around quickly and 48 hours later here we are.”

Yeah okay, fine. Davis asked him a follow-up:

What was the most difficult part of making that decision?

“You don’t feel good about it. It’s an issue we have with our calendar because unfortunately job changing season matches with recruiting season, so there’s always this urgency to make these changes happen very quickly. And the changes of course don’t always occur at the same time. It’s hard to do right by everybody but this was ‘the one.’ There’s no other job that could have come open. This is the one scenario that, if it had broken this way – and that’s why, it was remarkable how it happened. I will say this about Temple; they have an outstanding athletic director in Pat Kraft. They’ve got a locker room with a team that’s ready to compete for the (AAC) championship this next year. Whoever gets that next job at Temple is going to win and there’s a lot of great things coming up for the Owls.”

That’s nice, I guess. At least he’s honest. Temple was always a stepping stone type of job anyway, but how about a simple, “you know, I’d just like to apologize to the players and community” kind of line?

We finally got that today at his introductory presser, the second one he’s given in three weeks:

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Report: Manny Diaz Leaving Temple to Return to Miami

Kevin Kinkead - December 30, 2018

Sunday night stunner!

Check it:

Here’s the deal:

Diaz took the Temple job a few weeks ago after leaving his job as Miami’s defensive coordinator.

Today, Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt resigned suddenly, leaving the post wide open. Diaz has apparently been in contact with Miami and will reportedly take over for Richt, basically abandoning his new gig before even getting started.

A few things:

  1. It’s super shitty for the kids who committed to Geoff Collins, then kept their commitments with Diaz.
  2. The longtime coach at St. Joe’s Prep, Gabe Infante, literally just stepped down to take an assistant gig alongside Diaz at Temple.
  3. I don’t blame Diaz for taking the Miami gig. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing and he already has connections there. Would you rather coach Temple or Miami?
  4. Temple will receive a four-million dollar buyout, so at least they get something out of this fiasco.

College football, man. It’s all about the coaches, who have free reign to do whatever they want while the players get jerked around instead.

What a world.

Manny Diaz Introduced as Temple Football Coach

Kevin Kinkead - December 13, 2018

I just hope the guy stays for more than two seasons. Let’s get some continuity in the Temple football program.

The first thing that jumps out to me is that the Diaz hiring follows the pattern of recent Temple hires. He’s a coordinator coming from a power five conference and a first time head coach. He’s in his early 40s. That fits the mold of what they had in Geoff Collins, Steve Addazio, and even Matt Rhule to an extent. It’s true that Rhule took the gig after moving to the NFL, but he had been with the Owls for half a decade prior. Addazio was more of an offensive guy, but Rhule, Collins, and now Diaz specialize in the defensive side of the game.

Diaz spent the last three years in Miami as Mark Richt’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. That follows stints with Mississippi State and Louisiana Tech in the same role. Tech was sort of a “rebuilding” type of job for him after he was fired by Mack Brown following a couple of disappointing seasons as the Texas Longhorns’ DC, but every other defense he’s worked with has been more or less sound, and he cut his teeth as a position coach on Chuck Amato’s NC State teams of the mid-aughts.

Diaz spoke this afternoon, and you can listen to his introductory presser after the jump:

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Reports: Miami DC Manny Diaz is Top Candidate for Temple’s Head Coach Job

Kevin Kinkead - December 12, 2018

Per one national guy and one local guy:

Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko was in the running for the gig but is now going to stay in College Station instead. Michigan DC Don Brown also apparently interviewed for the job.

Diaz has been at Miami since 2016 and was nominated for the Broyles award in his first season (nation’s top assistant), a year in which the Hurricanes went 9-4. They improved to 10-3 in 2017 and saw six defensive players selected in the NFL draft over those first two seasons. The Canes only went 7-5 this year but I’d blame the offense for those five losses much more than anything the defense did.

Geoff Collins is leaving Temple to take the Georgia Tech gig.

Temple Football Might be Cooked, Already

Kevin Kinkead - September 12, 2018

I had relatively high hopes for Temple Football this season. 8-4? 9-3? I thought we’d see a significant step forward in year two of the Geoff Collins era.

They’ve actually gone in the opposite direction, starting out 0-2 with home losses to Villanova and Buffalo.

Now they head to Maryland to play an unbeaten Terrapins team that knocked off Texas and clobbered Bowling Green on the road. Some of us identified this week three game as a chance for Temple to maybe steal a road win against a power five team dealing with an offseason scandal, but that doesn’t look likely. It looks like the Owls are going to be 0-3 out of the gates.

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Temple Football 2018 Preview: Continuity and Optimism

Kevin Kinkead - August 27, 2018

Temple football got off to a slow start in the post-Matt Rhule era.

First-year head coach Geoff Collins began his tenure with three wins and fives losses as he worked to get more out of an offense and defense that both featured a good amount of potential but weren’t exactly operating like well-oiled machines. The Owls looked like a squad that was trying to find its footing after consecutive 10-win seasons that saw Rhule depart for Baylor and nine players move on to the NFL.

Would Temple continue to build on the good things Rhule developed in North Philadelphia, or would they regress to the norm?

It feels like more of the former rather than the latter, and it started last November with a solid home win over a decent Navy program. Quarterback Frank Nutile, who took over for Logan Marchi one game prior, put in a fantastic four touchdown performance, going 22-30 with 289 passing yards on the day. The defense limited Navy’s patented rushing attack to 136 yards on 52 carries, and the 34-26 win put the Owls back on track to qualify for a third straight bowl game.

They went on to win two of their final three, knocking off Cincinatti and Tulsa on the road and going on to smother Butch Davis and his FIU Panthers 28-3 in the Gasparilla Bowl.

It really was a nice turnaround for a team that looked more than pedestrian in September and October, struggling to carve out an identity through the first half of the schedule.

Now the Owls are back on stable ground, and you’ve got a program coming into 2018 with plenty of positives:

  • a second year head coach with experience under his belt
  • a serviceable starting quarterback
  • the return of running back Ryquell Armstead and wide receiver Isaiah Wright
  • a first round NFL prospect in safety Delvon Randall, who might be the best defensive player in the AAC
  • a navigable front-end schedule with winnable out-of-conference games

Nutile ended up playing about half of the 2017 season and put up 12 touchdowns and 7 interceptions with a 61.3 completion percentage. A look at his numbers, along with the top ball carriers and receivers:

On the other end of the spectrum, the question marks are fairly standard:

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Report: Temple and Penn State Discussing Future Football Series

Kevin Kinkead - July 24, 2018

Per Marc Narducci, who does literally everything at the Inquirer:

The story is behind the Philly.com paywall but says that the games would be played in 2026 and 2027. Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour confirmed Tuesday that there have been discussions with Temple officials to round out the schedule.

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