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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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A winless Matt Rhule is still the right coach for Baylor

Kevin Kinkead - September 21, 2017

Baylor football may very well go 0-12 this year, depending what happens on November 4th in Lawrence, Kansas.

Circle that one on your calendar. It’s Bears vs. Jayhawks for ninth place in the Big 12 Conference, a matchup between the movable object and the stoppable force.

It’s sad to think about because I really like Matt Rhule.

My first interaction with the Baylor head coach was two years ago while working at CBS 3. I was producing “Sports Zone” at the time, the half-hour special that aired on Sunday nights after the late news.

Rhule had just started his third Temple season with a 27-10 home win against Penn State, which was probably the biggest victory of his nascent head coaching career. He did every interview that weekend, from ESPN, to the Associated Press and Action News and all of the local papers. Rhule didn’t have to make time for us, but he did, showing up in person at 9 p.m. the night after the game to tape a segment for our 11:35 p.m. show. I took him to our studio after he got off the elevator and we spent 10 minutes just bullshitting about college football in general. He seemed like a grounded and genuine person.

Ask around and you’ll hear similar stories about Rhule, who left for Baylor after taking the Owls from 2-10 to 10-4. The guy made college football relevant in a parochial pro sports town. We had College Gameday on Independence Mall, for Christ’s sake.

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Temple Is Still Hell-Bent on Building Its Dumb Football Stadium

Kyle Scott - February 22, 2017

Despite a report that Temple was putting on hold its feasibility study for a new football reports they’re still pursing it:

A source said that Temple is putting its full efforts into working with the community, considered one of the major obstacles of building the $130 million on-campus stadium.

If Temple doesn’t get the cooperation of the neighborhoods, then a feasibility study, which is budgeted for $1.25 million, becomes unnecessary.

But does that mean things are sailing along smoothly? Absolutely not.

Two Temple sources have said throughout the process that they knew it would be a challenging task to work with the neighborhoods on an agreement. There are many other challenges in getting this project done, not the least of which is fund raising.

$130 million for Temple to build a football stadium that they’ll play in six times per year in a part of the city no one wants to go to. I CAN’T IMAGINE WHY COLLEGE TUITION COSTS ARE SKYROCKETING DISPROPORTIONATELY TO, WELL, EVERYTHING ELSE IN AMERICA.

Can I make this a Villanova post? You bet I can!

After winning the National Championship, Villanova received a donation for $22.6 million from William Finneran to renovate the Pavilion, which is awful and sorely in need of renovation. I’m all for it. One could argue that makes me a hypocrite, but there’s a huge difference between renovating an arena that will forever be too small for its occupant to make it at least viable… and building a football stadium in North Philly for a program that peaked when it eeked into the top 25 for, like, a week in 2015, just lost its coach, and hasn’t had less than four losses in a season since 1979(!!!). Their deal with the Linc sucks, but it’s more or less the best option they have. Temple doesn’t need its own stadium. And they probably wouldn’t be able to fill it anyway. The proposed stadium, in North Philly, would have 35,000 seats. Not once this season – one of Temple’s best, which resulted in a bowl loss – did Temple get 35,000 fans for a home game. In fact, they only surpassed 30k once– a 28-3 loss to Army on September 2. The basketball program, which is generally better and more respected than the football program, doesn’t even come close to filling its outstanding arena on a regular basis, so why would football be any different?

Temple says the stadium would also be used for high school games and community events, and they claim they don’t want to use tuition dollars to pay for the proposed stadium. But that sounds a lot like NFL owners saying they don’t want to use taxpayer dollars for their stadiums and then the city winds up footing the entire bill. Temple cites similar sized stadiums (stadii?) in the AAC in Cincy, Houston and East Carolina as examples of why their plan could work, but those are all in more college-friendly markets and cities without four pro sports teams. Philly is simply not a great college sports town, and it’s a downright bad college football town.

I’m just blown away that Temple, despite basically no one thinking this is a good idea, continues to pursue the stadium at all costs.

Today In Needless Choppering

Kyle Scott - January 12, 2017

Apparently this is a thing in college sports. We saw James Franklin chopper into Woodlawn like a fucking lunatic. I don’t get it. As someone who is still paying college tuition, it kind of pisses me off. This is where rising tuition fees are going– to choppering in egomaniac college coaches who want to impress high school kids? I will eat my hat if Jay Wright has ever taken anything other than his loaner Land Rover* to recruit someone. You don’t need a chopper when you have the trophy.

But for real, if this is going to continue to be a thing, can we at least set some ground rules? James Franklin– you can do it because you coach a respectable (on the field) football program. [Googles Temple’s new coach] Geoff Collins– you can’t. I feel like if you don’t have a stadium you can’t have a chopper. That’s a criteria that can be applied to all of society. Joshua Harris– he can have a chopper because he owns the Prudential Center, and he can park it wherever he damn well pleases, even build a helipad. John Middleton– chopper. The citizens of Green Bay– chopper. But Geoff Collins… sir, you can not have a chopper. Get over yourself.

*This year he’s doing commercials for Granite Run GMC, which must have paid him so much goddamn money to go off-brand and drive an American car from Media. For real, I question little that Jay does, but his decision to go with Granite Run GMC over literally any foreign car manufacturer on the Main Line kind of makes me mad. Am I an elitist? Probably. But I don’t care. You literally couldn’t pay me to drive a… wait, what’s that, you’ll give me a Chevy for our tailgate? LONG LIVE DETROIT! MICHAEL MOORE FOREVER!!!

Temple Drains The Swamp

Jim Adair - December 13, 2016

Temple will announce the hiring of Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins as their new head coach tomorrow. Collins spent the last two years at Florida – Mississippi State and FIU before that – where the Gators ranked sixth and seventh in defense nationally.

At Florida, Collins was making over $1 million as a coordinator.

[headline h/t @LFN]

Temple Football Surprised Kevin Negandhi with the AAC Trophy

Jim Adair - December 7, 2016

Temple alum and superfan Kevin Negandhi hosted SportsCenter this morning and got the surprise of his life. No, he didn’t sleep all day yesterday and get the Matt Rhule news live on air, he got to hold Temple’s AAC Championship trophy.

Three members of Temple’s championship team popped out from the hall-of-mirrors-esque SportsCenter background to legitimately surprise and deliver Negandhi a hat, shirt, and the trophy. I mean, look how happy he is:


It’s adorable. Good for Kegandhi, who always reps local teams every chance he gets and bleeds … uh …. red? For Temple? Cherry? Whatever. This is cool, video after the jump.

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Matt Rhule Took Out a Full-Page Ad in the Inquirer

Kyle Scott - December 7, 2016

On behalf of Julie and our children, I want to express our sincere gratitde to Temple University, the City of Philadelphia, and Owls fans throughout the world. The passion and pursuit of excellence at Temple allowed for our student-athletes to achieve success on the football field and to develop as young men off of the field. Temple and Philly will always be a part of us and we will be cheering on the Owls from afar.

Estimated cost of a full-page black-and-white ad in the Inquirer sports section on a Wednesday*: $7k.

Estimated number of hours it will take Rhule to earn that much money coaching at Baylor**: About 6.

Not a bad deal.

*Based on an educated guess of the current Inquirer full-page rates.

**Based on the $4.25 million salary of Rhule’s predecessor at Baylor. He might be getting more.

H/T to (@ZBerm)

Matt Rhule Is Leaving Temple

Kyle Scott - December 6, 2016

Well, Temple football was fun while it lasted. So much for Matt Rhule coaching the Eagles. So much for that statue. Rhule leaves to coach in the Big 12 for perennially top 25 team.

Rhule was making $1.3 million at Temple (which is obscene). Baylor’s previous coach made $4.2 million. Money talks.

I discussed with Jim, who is here packing Ugly Christmas Sweatshirts with no breaks, little water or food, his tough decision:

So much for sticking around:


UPDATE: And there you have it:

UPDATE 2: Matt Rhule, last year:

“This is hard man,” Rhule admitted. “This is really, really hard. People start coming to your door and say hey, ‘I got four million dollars.’ But you know what, I’d rather coach Temple’s kids. I love these kids. I’d rather coach here and coach Temple’s kids then just sell my soul for four million dollars. That is the truth and that’s as honest and open as I can be with you guys.”


H/T to (@yoitsbird)