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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.

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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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Report: Fran Dunphy Leaving Temple Job… Eventually

Kevin Kinkead - March 30, 2018

Looks like La Salle isn’t the only Big 5 program bringing in a new head coach.

Seth Davis says Temple’s Fran Dunphy will be on his way out, but not just yet:

Dunphy is headed into his 13th Temple season and coming off a pair of lukewarm campaigns. The Owls finished 17-16 this year with a first-round NIT loss to Penn State. They were 16-16 last season.

The longtime Penn coach took over on North Broad Street back in 2006 and brought six of his first seven Temple teams to the NCAA tournament, advancing only twice beyond the first round.

Ask most Temple fans and they’ll tell you, “it’s time.” Not sure if they’re happy about (reportedly) waiting another year it to happen, though.

The Big Five: Conference Tournament Outlooks for Villanova, Penn, and three Underachievers

Kevin Kinkead - March 7, 2018

Let’s talk about college basketball.

We really haven’t done much of anything on it this season, outside of the occasional Villanova mention, because we were preoccupied with your Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

And outside of the Wildcats, it was a down year for the Big 5 and Drexel, a crop that isn’t putting multiple teams in the big dance without pulling some Jon Dorenbos-level conference tournament magic, starting tonight and tomorrow. Temple and Saint Joe’s didn’t give us much this season, while Penn put together an excellent year amid very little press and fanfare.

Let’s take a look at where each squad stands, as we begin what I think is one of the best sporting weeks of the year. I put the conference tournament brackets below each section, courtesy of CBS Sports.

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I’d Lose Respect for Matt Rhule if He Bailed on Baylor, But I’d Understand It

Kevin Kinkead - January 11, 2018

Imagine signing a seven-year contract, then bailing after the first year.

It doesn’t really work like that in the real world, but college football is a different beast entirely, where coaches are free to go wherever they please while the players that committed to them are forced to sit out an entire season for the same exact thing.

Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported that ex-Temple head coach Matt Rhule interviewed for the Indianapolis Colts job, formerly held by Chuck Pagano, who was fired at the end of the season.

This shouldn’t surprise anybody. Rhule spent the 2012 season in the NFL, coaching the New York Giants’ offensive line under Tom Coughlin. He spent the six prior years as a Temple assistant, but came back to helm the Owls in 2013 after just one NFL season.

He’s always been an opportunist, and no one should blame him for that. If the New York Times came calling, you’d probably leave your post at the Reading Eagle.

But bailing on the downtrodden Baylor Bears after a 1-11 debut season feels… dirty to me, even by the lowly standards of college football. Rhule knew what he was getting himself into in Waco, taking over a program that was shattered by a sexual assault scandal that further blanketed the entire university. The recruiting cupboard was bare and the national image of the school remained unfavorable, at least from my observations as a Big 12 fan living on the east coast. Continue Reading

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