Thursday, December 13, 2012

Our picks: Lembo, Bowles, Rhule (in that order)

BREAKING NEWS: CBS Sports and Owlscoop.com are now reporting as of Thursday night it's down to Rhule or D'Onofrio ... God help Temple if it's D'Onofrio, whose Miami defense was ranked No. 118 of 120 FBS teams in 2012 ...

Todd Bowles, because he represents the diversity this university  is all about and  proudly rocks the Temple colors and has a winning head-coaching record in the NFL, should be named the next Temple coach if it's between him and Rhule. I think it might go to Matt Rhule , though.

Lembo and Cristobal have "home run" power while Bowles and Rhule, at best, are gap hitters and it's more likely that Bowles or Rhule will strike out or pop up than the other two guys
Getting information from inside the walls of Temple athletics is almost impossible.
Bill Bradshaw runs a tight ship and that approach has navigated Temple through some troubled waters in the big-time college football world.
I'm OK with that because of the nice ports this trip has taken Temple fans of their major sports.
He hired "the most underrated head coach in college basketball" in his old baseball infield mate at LaSalle, Fran Dunphy.
He hired a program-builder without peer in Al Golden who lifted the Temple football program off the scrap heap and into respectability.
Love him or leave him (cough, leave him), Steve Addazio was able to talk his way into two high-profile jobs after Florida and was able to take Golden's talent and win Temple its first bowl game in 30 years.
Addazio might have done Temple a huge favor by leaving after this  4-7 disaster.
That's 3 for 3 and the best Bradshaw hit at LaSalle was .312, so I've got to like him better as an AD than a lead-off hitter.
Bradshaw's track record is good, so I'm OK with his stealth methods.
The latest news is that Temple fans may have to wait until next week to learn of a new coach.
In the meantime, all we can do is read between the scraps of information we're able to get out of Broad Street.
Reading the tea leaves, as it were.
We've learned that early last week Bradshaw called a current NFL and former Temple player and asked him who he would chose between Matt Rhule and Mark D'Onofrio, two former Temple coaches.
The player said without a doubt Rhule.
That was before Eagles' defensive coordinator Todd Bowles entered the picture and I'm told Bowles is now considered a very serious candidate.
Former Florida International University coach Mario Cristobal already interviewed, as did current Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. No confirmed status on two great head coaches already available, Dave Clawson of Bowling Green or Pete Lembo of Ball State.
My choices are Lembo first, Clawson second and Cristobal third simply because they have taken FBS teams to bowls as head coaches. They would remove all the guesswork about how they will do at Temple simply because they've done it as a head coach before.
I'm thinking, though, that Temple will hire someone like Rhule or Bowles because this delay speaks more to Rhule and Bowles finishing their NFL games this week. If you are into conspiracy theories, and I'm not, you might guess the delay might have something to do with new Temple president Dr. Neil D. Theobald, an Indiana guy, flying out to the Hoosier state to try to convince either Colts' head coach Bruce Arians or Lembo to take the job. Arians might win the Super Bowl, so that's not happening but I would gladly take Lembo instead.
Borrowing a phrase from Facebook friend Chris "Mad Dog" Russo "gun to my head" Bowles gets the job. (I wrote this Thursday afternoon and still believe Todd should get the job over Matt Rhule or Mark D'Onofrio for a multitude of reasons.) The reasoning will be that Temple is looking for stability in the position above all and Bowles will beat out Rhule based on his small sampling (2-1 record) as an NFL head coach. Plus, he has OWL in the middle of his name and the marketing people love that kind of stuff.
That said, I'd rather see either Lembo or Cristobal sitting there at the presser on Monday. To use a baseball phrase Bradshaw might understand, Lembo and Cristobal have "home run" power while Bowles and Rhule, at best, are gap hitters and it's more likely that Bowles or Rhule will strike out or pop up than the other two guys.
That would make it 3 for 4 for Bradshaw.
Good enough?
Yes, in baseball, but maybe not athletic administration.

17 comments:

Kent Duke said...

don't think Rhule is the guy, BB would not have waited this long to pull the trigger if Rhule was the top choice. Rhule and Bowles are Temple guys, but we don't need a Temple guy. we need a coach who has "it", capable of carrying the program to the next level and solidifying a culture surrounding Temple Football.

Tractorr said...

Is Heater still around? In other words, is anyone keeping the current class together? If Heater is still around that shows a tremendous amount of character and I hope he is still in the running. If not, I pray for this recruiting class which was looking pretty good. I know many of them were saying the right things a few days ago but if I was in their shoes and didn't know what they future held I would be looking out for myself so I can't blame them.

Oh by the way, you can't post comments from a Temple email even though it is powered by gmail. Kind of frustrating on Temple football blog. I don't know if there are any setting you can change on your end. You just get a message that Temple mail doesn't support this blog technology or something to that effect.

Temple Football Forever said...

Heater is around. I see Chuck as a "career assistant" type. If Rhule gets the job, I think he can talk Chuck and son-in-law Sean Cronin into staying.
If not, he's got a cake job in Boston.
Who knows?
Maybe he asked Daz to give him Kevin Newsome and he's still PO'd that Daz hid him away on the scout team.
Very strange that you can't post comments from a TU email. Did you try posting on another blog/site from TU email?
I would do that first. Maybe TU doesn't allow it.
I hope the delay is because maybe Clawson had second thoughts of withdrawing or that they are actively seeking Lembo.
Not getting my hopes up, though.

Charles Buxton said...

I understand wanting a proven CFB head coach, but whats the point if he will likely split in 3 years? Wouldn't we rather roll the dice on a Bowles who is more likely to stay at Temple for a long time. A stable coaching staff could be just what the program needs to sustain success and become a little more respected nationally.

Charles Buxton said...

I understand wanting a proven CFB head coach, but whats the point if he will likely split in 3 years? Wouldn't we rather roll the dice on a Bowles who is more likely to stay at Temple for a long time. A stable coaching staff could be just what the program needs to sustain success and become a little more respected nationally.

Temple Football Forever said...

I think you can negotiate stability into a contract. Say Cristobal is balking at a 5-year deal with a $5 mil buyout? Offer the same deal to Lembo and maybe he takes it. (Lembo seems like the kind guy who will stay or at least agree to those kind of terms.)
If not, consider Bowles or Rhule.
That's what I think it'll come down to anyway, a scenario like that..
On Temple's end, a no-firing clause.

TomH said...

you got your baseball analogy wrong. Bowles and Rhule have home run potential while Cristobal and Lembo are gap hitters. With Cristobal and Lembo you know you are getting someone who will get on base and provide runs consistently. With Their Temple ties Bowles and Rhule if given the opportunity may knock it out of the park but statistically they are much more likely to strike out than hit a home run. Golden turned out to be a home run hitter and now he is gone on to the majors. If Clawson and Lembo keep the their average up and and hit the occasional hr they too will get called up from AAA(MAC)but there has to be a reason they haven't been called up yet.

so the season(program)is on the line with 2 outs in the 9th down 1 with a man on 3rd. Do you pinch hit to drive in a run and put a man on base or do you take a shot to end the game swinging for the fences and risk flying out?

OK enough baseball. I agree having a proven HC would be ideal. However, I would love to Make Bowles the head coach. I love the fact that he is a Temple Guy through and through plus as much as the eagles suck he can promote he knows what it takes to get to the NFL and he is a Philly guy, which would be good for recruiting which is the most important thing we need at this moment. Then tell Rhule he is not quite ready for the HC job but bring him back as OC then promise him he will be the next Temple coach. as the assistant head coach It will provide stability long term, Groom Rhule to finally have the resume he should have to be a HC and also provide the integrity and recruiting that everyone raves about with Rhule. Throw in Heater and Cronin in their same roles and you have the making of an amazing staff that knows first hand what Temple needs to get to the next level.

This would be ideal for me. I know its virtually impossible but ill take 3 cadidates that really want the job than a proven HC who is most likely to jump at the next opportunity

Tractorr said...

In other news, the Basketball schools look like they will be leaving the Big East. Not only that they have the power to dissolve the Big East on the way out (They now have the numbers as the incoming schools do not have a vote including Temple). I guess this explains why we don't have a coach, because we may be an independent again very soon.

Oliver Mitchell said...

You seriously underestimate Bowle's coaching experience. He would be a home run for this program, someone who would stick with them for a long time and be GOOD. Why do you think he would be a bad hire? Before this year, he would have been vastly overqualified for the job. Many people in the NFL believe it is inevitable he will become a head coach in the NFL. So why do you rule him out? Because of one bad year as a mid-season replacement in an impossible situation. So because of ONE YEAR, you rule him out. How shortsighted of you. MARIO CRISTOBAL'S TEAM WENT 3-9 LAST YEAR! HOW IS THIS MORE EXCUSABLE THAN WHAT BOWLES DID AS A DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR FOR THE EAGLES??? Bowles is a great coach and a great man. He's a match made in heaven for this program.

I also don't appreciate the subtly racist comment about his "casual dress".

Oliver Mitchell said...

You seriously underestimate Bowle's coaching experience. He would be a home run for this program, someone who would stick with them for a long time and be GOOD. Why do you think he would be a bad hire? Before this year, he would have been vastly overqualified for the job. Many people in the NFL believe it is inevitable he will become a head coach in the NFL. So why do you rule him out? Because of one bad year as a mid-season replacement in an impossible situation. So because of ONE YEAR, you rule him out. How shortsighted of you. MARIO CRISTOBAL'S TEAM WENT 3-9 LAST YEAR! HOW IS THIS MORE EXCUSABLE THAN WHAT BOWLES DID AS A DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR FOR THE EAGLES??? Bowles is a great coach and a great man. He's a match made in heaven for this program.

I also don't appreciate the subtly racist comment about his "casual dress".

Temple Football Forever said...

Not racist at all. I LOVE the fact that Todd Bowles dresses with the Temple garb.
I don't think Todd would be a bad choice. I just think Lembo is better.
Now Owlscoop is reporting that it's between Rhule and D'Onofrio.
God help us.
Rhule would be WAY better than D'Onofrio, slightly worse than Todd.

Temple Football Forever said...

If that NFL player (I think it's BP) DID tell BB Rhule (and I think he did), we are looking at our new head coach.
The players will be happy.
All I can say is they better deliver me a 7-5 or better next year or I will scream for him to be fired immediately.

Dayowl87 said...

First, lighten up Oliver....if you read mike's blog you'd know there's nothing subtly or overtly racist about the guy. Take your PC bs somewhere else and don't waste owl's time.

As relates to the head coach, I would have serious concerns about hiring D'nofrio who I think is probably a nice guy but at best a marginal coordinator even though he's been provided with some real talent. I don't see him taking the reigns and moving the owls program to the next level. Given the option I would also roll with Rhule but can't say I'd be too excited about the selection. I think he would stabilize the incoming recruits and could be successful but I think the next step in temples evolution is to get creative game day coach.

The owls have underachieved the past several years given their talent. Before anybody goes to the MAC talent in the BCS take a look at how the Mac performed against BE and Big ten. We need a coach that can squeeze some wins out against marquee programs (PSU anyone.) and impress recruits and fans that are a legit program.

Peace.

Kent Duke said...

Rhule should beg Heater to stay on

MassOwl82 said...

Mike and TFF community,

Read Dana O'Neil's superb ESPN.com piece on the Catholic 7. She correctly ID's Temple as the big loser. Agree with every word she wrote. Have been saying for months the administration was misguided with its grid greed. Man, as a hoops and football season ticket holder and an Owls Club contributor, am I disappointed in Bradshaw.

Temple Football Forever said...

I wrote the "casual dress" thing as a compliment, not a knock. Heck, I'd rather have a guy who dresses in sweats at a presser and wins than a three-piece suit guys that loses.
To me, nobody can do any wrong wearing Temple sweats. That's all I ever wear.

Oliver Mitchell said...

My bad, I misread the comment, I thought you were slamming the way he dressed. I'm a longtime reader of the blog, and I have a lot of respect for you Mike, I misspoke and that's my fault. I hope Temple makes the right call on the head coach, Temple is all I have with all of Philly's other sports teams falling apart. I truly believe that Bowles is the right hire for this school.