Friday, December 14, 2012

Rhule to be named head coach

BREAKING NEWS: As of Saturday night, Matt Rhule officially accepts offer to become Temple's 26th head football coach ... press conference on Monday ... I already updated Temple football Wikipedia page ...
Matt Rhule motions to his PSU teammates to get a good look at the worst
helmet in the history of college football after a sack of a Temple QB.

Some people dream about Jessica Cristobal, I dream of Matt Rhule.
(Hey, I can't pick my dreams, they just happen.)
In this latest one (true dream, not a made-up one), Rhule is addressing a group of Temple supporters and members of the press at his "introductory" press conference in the Howard Gittis Room at the Liacouras Center.
The team is going wild in the background and all during the conference nobody can hear what Rhule is saying because of the noise the group is making amongst themselves.
Jessica, we hardly knew ye
The newspaper and TV guys along the first row are shrugging their shoulders and pointing to their ears.
Suddenly, Bill Bradshaw goes to the podium, takes the microphone from Matt and says: "Guys, I know you are excited but please give Matt a chance to talk. This is his day. It's rude to be talking while he's talking. OK, Matt."
Then Bradshaw hands the microphone back to Rhule and a spitball flies by Bradshaw's ear.
Then I wake up.
Unless Temple re-opens its coaching search, something like this will happen on Monday around noontime, with or without the noise or the spitballs.
This just  in: Temple won't be re-opening the coaching search and Matt Rhule will be named head coach on Monday. Rhule is the current assistant offensive line coach of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
Just as there were red flags surrounding past hirings (like Jerry Berndt going 0-11 before he was hired and DC Ron Dickerson giving up 55 points in his last game), a coach this well-liked being hired is a huge red flag to me.
I would like someone to ask Bradshaw why Temple didn't reach out to Ball State coach Pete Lembo (it didn't), but I doubt that question is going to come up or be answered on Monday.
"The biggest thing I would say: I am blessed to be at Temple and I love Temple"
_ Matt Rhule
I'd rather have an ass-kicking Bill Belichick-type than a "players' friend" Andy Reid-type any day of the week.
People tell me Matt can be quite the disciplinarian but I will have to see that for myself in the next few months.
I keep hoping something good comes out of this. Maybe Matt brings in Adam DiMichele to be his QB coach. Maybe he brings back Bruce Francis to show the wide receivers how it is done. Maybe he can convince DC Chuck Heater and Heater's son-in-law, Sean Cronin, to stay. Give Heater Kevin Newsome to play free safety and Heater becomes the best DC in the country again and Temple gets another first-round NFL draft pick.
Still, it all comes down to winning. To me, that's all that matters.
I felt even in Steve Addazio's final days that nothing short of seven wins in 2013 was acceptable.
I'm holding Matt Rhule to those same standards. I hope he holds himself to that standard.
I hope he holds the players to those standards.
To me, the success or failure of Matt Rhule's selection as next Temple coach rests on that record. Nothing else.
Until then, when it comes to Matt Rhule, I've moved from Northeast Philly to Missouri: Show me.
Jessica Cristobal, we hardly knew ye.

14 comments:

Kent Duke said...

key indicator will be his ability to attract a good coaching staff...... who do we think will want to coach under Rhule? not feeling real good about this!

Temple Football Forever said...

after hearing that fraud D'Onofrio made the final two, I have to wonder what went on beyond the walls of the interview process.
I'm feeling a lot better that Rhule made it over D'Onofrio, but that's like saying I'm glad Jerry Berndt got the job over Ron Dickerson.
Would have preferred Clawson or Cristobal or Bowles but evidently those three or Temple didn't like what they were hearing from one another.
Didn't even go after Lembo, I'm told, because Lembo didn't apply.
Geez, you have to recruit coaches like you do players.
Not happy with the process.

Tim Nichols said...

I like Rhule and I think it will be a good, positive move for the program.

1. He wants to be at TU. He helped build the "house of brick" His wife works at Temple. He was the lead recruiter for Golden and helped build the best team in years.

2. The offense will immediately improve. Regardless of what you think of AG's offense, this will be a step up from Adazzio. Also, because it's Rhule, the new offense won't take too long to install, and without AG, we'll see how much they open up (I think AG has a tendency to be more conservative in play calling).

3. Keeps Temple program together. These kids deserve a coach who wants to be here. They helped build the program and are passionate about the program. This shows that the administration cares for the players, which will only HELP recruiting in the future.

4. This guy is not Brendt or Dickerson. Dickerson had no HC experience and little ties to temple. Rhule did not go 0-11 anywhere as HC. Rhule has paid his dues, going to the NYG will help significantly in terms of organization.

5. Guys like Les Miles and Pat Fitzgerald succeeded at higher profile places with no previous HC experience. That doesn't mean there won't be an adjustment, but Rhule has the pedigree and training to take a shot.

6. The fact that people don't know Rhule outside of Temple means nothing. I remember that "people" thought Kotite would've been a great coach with the Jets and got a raw deal with the Eagles. People can be stupid.

Sorry about the long post, but I really like this hire.

TomH said...

The issue that I have with hiring a players coach is discipline. They may love him but eventually someone will push the envelope to see what they can get away with. I hope they respect him as much as they love the guy. This may not be the case with Rhule, I dont know but I hope it is not the case. Its like your buddy at work who gets promoted to boss. How do they handle being in charge?

tu2acc said...

Matt would not have got my vote, but now that he's in (seemingly) I will cheer for him and his program. I wonder how much input the Board of Trustees had in this after seeing the interview last week? Anyway, welcome aboard Mr. Rhule, we wish you success!

MassOwl82 said...

Collateral damage. Bradshaw made a bad hire in Addazio. He made an even bigger mistake in saying "yes" to Meatball Marinatto. So no surprise that the candidate pool was poor. I will give Ruhle benefit of doubt.

Temple Football Forever said...

I will give Rhule the same benefit of the doubt I would have given Daz, Cristobal, Lembo or Clawson: Seven wins.
Seven wins against that schedule with everyone back and a little tweaking (Newsome to defense, for one) is not only do-able but mandatory.
If Rhule gets me nine, I will start breaking the mold for a statue.
Six or less and I will have serious doubts about him going forward.

Dayowl87 said...

This is an uninspiring hire on its face but only time will tell. I think the owls took a safe approach that might allow them to retain their existing recruiting class and hopefully build strong talent pipe lines in the area. I'll be pleasantly surprised if Rhule is able to deliver seven wins and doesn't get blown out in their opener against ND next season.

I think the owls have the talent to deliver six or seven wins next year and its going to come down to Rhules ability to coach this talent. He's being handed a team with a talent level slightly below what Daz was given from AG but certainly one that can win over half it's games in a watered down BE. He's got a very young nucleus but if he can show progress throughout next season (something Daz couldn't do), win the games he's supposed to and lamd some stud recruits I'll be happy with the hire.

owlington said...

+1 on everything Tim said.

I'll admit, the Addazio thing got me fired up, and has probably made me very defensive of hiring "outside," and more of a Rhule cheerleader than I should be (he doesn't have that HC experience.)

BB is taking a chance on Rule. We took a chance on Golden, too. Young, relative unknown, to rebuild college football's 20yr punchline into a team. Golden took chances, trusting an unheralded "discipline case" to form the backbone of the offense. I really hope it works out as well for us, this time. With the big east disintegrating around us, I just feel like we need stability, someone who isn't going to jump ship.

If this goes through, like everyone thinks it will, then I really, really hope Rhule hits hard and fast. Secures this class, goes after new recruits aggressively, assembles a dynamic coaching staff (some vets, some up-and-comers.) Something to send a message that we aren't a floundering program in a dying conference. I'm not a big fan of Heater, but the fact that he wasn't a complete ghost after Addazio bounced makes me think a little higher of him...and it was as much Addazio's terrible offense that doomed this season as it was Heater's D; I'm willing to get behind him staying.

If we creep into a bowl game, I'll be happy with my decision to put on the Rhule pom-poms. If we look late 90's out there, then I'll belly up to the table and eat crow.

Temple Football Forever said...

I don't like crow and we should do more than creep against this schedule. We will only be outclassed against ND and Boise. We should be in every other game.
Chris Coyer, who I think beats out Juice for the starting job now, will thrive under Rhule.
They will let him throw on first down unlike Daz who set him up to fail with all those 3d and long throws.

Kent Duke said...

$25 says Rhule will put "TEMPLE" back on the helmets.., any takers?

Temple Football Forever said...

Kent,
you are reading my mind. finished half of my tomorrow's post during the New Mexico Bowl and that was in it.
Golden=Rhule and Golden liked TEMPLE helmets=Rhule liking Temple helmsts.
Golden got Temple. Not sure Daz did in retrospect.

Dayowl87 said...

At this rate he might put 'league wanted' on the side of the helmets....this realignment is a mess. I'd be curious to hear Mikey's perspective.

Temple Football Forever said...

Don't agree. Temple is in a stronger football league than the MAC and, by leaving on their own, the Catholic schools cede the Big East brand to Temple and the Owl hoopsters still get to play their post-season tournament in MSG against Cincy and UConn and Larry Brown (SMU) and Steve Fischer (San Diego State).
Owls will do better in both sports than the A/10-MAC hybrid.
Villanova's football dreams are dashed forever. I think Nova drops football now.