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North Carolina Hit Temple with a Variation of the Philly Special

Kevin Kinkead - December 27, 2019

Bad bowl game loss for the Owls.

They got smoked 55-13 by North Carolina, giving up 534 yards in the process.

The defense tried to hang in there, but didn’t get a lot of help from the offense and special teams unit, which combined for two missed field goals, a blocked extra point, a pick six, and a lot of negative or no-gain 1st and 2nd down plays. North Carolina receivers pulled off two NFL-level touchdown catches and Anthony Russo was later pulled for Todd Centeio.

Ugly game, made worse by this:

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Manny Diaz Finishes First Miami Season With Bowl Game Loss to Louisiana Tech

Kevin Kinkead - December 27, 2019

I don’t blame Manny Diaz for going back to Miami. Dude’s dream job opened up suddenly and he found himself in a tight situation and made a difficult decision.

That being said, it was still a dick move to bail on Temple after 17 days, having already done the press conference and then signing 17 players to letters of intent during last December’s early signing period.

Diaz went on to deliver Miami one its worst seasons ever, finishing 6-7 after Thursday night’s horrific 14-0 loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl. The Hurricanes put up 227 yards in a college game, which is unfathomable. I watched most of it and it was a tough viewing. There was a point where Miami was down 7-0, got a huge interception, and then drew a penalty for a forward lateral on the return, which gave them the ball at the Louisiana Tech 50 yard line. They then proceeded to move the ball 11 yards on six plays before punting from the Bulldogs’ 39 yard line for a net gain of 29 yards.

It was hideous football, and the performance drew the ire of famous alumni, giving us tweets like this one:

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Checking in on Manny Diaz

Kevin Kinkead - November 26, 2019

You may recall that Manny Diaz took the Temple football job and then quit 17 days later to return to Miami.

Hard to blame the guy, since his dream job opened up suddenly, but it was a dick move nonetheless to leave the Owls hanging. He did apologize after being introduced in Miami.

Quick update on our guy, who is 6-5 this season and coming off a loss to crosstown rival and perennial powerhouse Florida International:

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Temple Quarterback Phillip Walker is Now a Houston Roughneck

Kevin Kinkead - October 15, 2019

Remember Temple QB Phillip Walker?

He went undrafted in 2017, then wound up on the Colts’ practice squad. Now he’s been assigned to the Houston Roughnecks ahead of the XFL’s 2020 relaunch.

Here are your quarterbacks:

Two former Eagles on that list in Luis Perez and Matt McGloin. Landry Jones goes to Dallas and Cardale Jones is a DC Defender.

The XFL basically had their eight teams give them a priority list of quarterbacks they wanted. The league then negotiated with available players, and that’s how the eight guys ended up on their respective squads. Today and tomorrow, the rosters will be filled out via a draft that includes the following Temple Owls:

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Matt Rhule Gets Baylor Contract Extension

Kevin Kinkead - September 30, 2019

Let’s check in on former Temple football coaches:

  • Geoff Collins: 1-3 at Georgia Tech with losses to The Citadel and the Owl team he just left
  • Manny Diaz: 2-2 at Miami with wins over powerhouse Bethune-Cookman and Central Michigan
  • Steve Addazio: 3-2 at Boston College with a disgusting 24-point home loss to Kansas on the resume
  • Al Golden: linebacker coach for the Detroit Lions
  • Matt Rhule: 4-0 at Baylor and coming off a win against Iowa State

It’s been one hell of a turnaround for Rhule in Waco, and the unbeaten start earned him a contract extension.

Via Mark Schlabach at ESPN:

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Robby Anderson Will Not Sign Your Temple Items

Kevin Kinkead - August 30, 2019

A Crossing Broad reader send this tip via the feedback form:

Current New York Jet and former Temple Owl Robby Anderson is doing a signing session up in North Jersey on September 9th, a “2019 Monday Night Kickoff Event.” Autographs are $30 each and you can bring any item, be it a football, a helmet, or your newborn baby. The only thing Robby will not sign are Temple items, as you can see explicitly written right here:

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Temple Football Performs Well in ESPN College Football Projection

Kevin Kinkead - August 28, 2019

The college football season began with Manny Diaz losing to Florida on national television.

It was a great way to kick things off.

I’ve been reading a lot about college ball this week, and ESPN has some interesting stories involving a still somewhat new projection model they’ve been using called SP+, which was created by Bill Connelly at Football Outsiders in 2008. He says SP+, in simple terms, is a “tempo- and opponent-adjusted measure of college football efficiency,” which is boiled down to these three main factors:

Recent history: I use a weighted five-year history as a way of gauging program health. For most programs, what they have done of late is what they will most likely do moving forward.

Returning production: Instead of using returning starters, I created a formula for returning production based on which units seem to have the most effect on a team’s improvement or regression. As it turns out, continuity at quarterback, receiver and the secondary is far more impactful on SP+ rating the next year than continuity in other units. Accordingly, turnover in those areas takes on heavier weight.

Recent recruiting: Returning production measures what a program lost, and a two-year recruiting average fills in the gaps on what kind of talent and athleticism it has acquired to replace the lost producers.

Ok. I’m sold. I’m interested in SP+.

Connelly and ESPN used this metric to list each Division 1 program from one to 130, and Temple actually ranks pretty admirably, after the jump:

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Ten Reasons Why College Football is Better Than the NFL

Kevin Kinkead - August 21, 2019

Can you smell it? It’s the aroma of tailgate food wafting into my nostrils, overpowering the funky odor that generally hangs over the River Wards.

Autumn is just around the corner, and that means you can strap me down and inject college football directly into my veins. I want to overdose on it. I want to wake up in a daze, turn to my television, and slowly focus in on the score in the upper left corner:

West Virginia 55, Virginia Tech 0.

Give it to me. Give me Manny Diaz going 0-12 and getting himself fired. Give me Penn State vs. Pittsburgh and Temple vs. Maryland and Villanova vs. Delaware. I want it all, and I want it now, as Freddie Mercury used to say.

Here are 10 reasons why college football is better than the NFL. Don’t even think about disagreeing with me.

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