Friday, February 01, 2013

New TU coaches saving lives and laptops



Adam DiMichele will probably go to his grave in 70 years or so as the only QB to play for Temple, the Eagles and the Soul.


About a year ago at this time, Adam DiMichele was starting training camp with the Soul.
On Wednesday night, he was saving one.
DiMichele has come a long way since being the best Temple quarterback of the post-Hardin/Arians Era (sorry, Henry Burris) and the journey has taken him full circle back as an Owl graduate assistant. From being the first Temple quarterback to ever throw a touchdown pass for the Philadelphia Eagles (to a guy named Gibson, no less), to the Canadian Football League, to the MVP of the Erie (Pa.) arena team, to the Soul and now back to Temple.
On the way to class on Wednesday night, DiMichele came across a Temple senior in distress.
"I think I just saved a life," DiMichele posted on his Facebook page.

Matt Rhule didn't save a life, but he did save a laptop this morning.
Pressed for details from his friends, he explained:
"I was walking to class tonight, and was on the phone with my brother Dom," he said. "So I come to the red light and was waiting for it to change so I could cross.
"I look to my left and there's a guy laying on his back on the steps. Everyone just walks by him ...  I looked a little closer and realized he was unconscious. I tried to wake him up by basically screaming at him.
"I got my phone out and called 911. (I) felt like I knew exactly what to say and where I was but I didnt have a clue. Another bystander came over to me and we both talked about what we needed to do. He realized the guy was having some sort of convulsions or something (mind you, I am no doctor at all)  but he said that the guy was basically throwing up while laying down and that we needed to sit him up before he choked on his own (volmit).
Maybe that should be the new slogan for 2013: "Temple Football. Recruiting fans, one at a time."
"My heart was racing, I never really saw anything like this in person, or helped anyone like this before  so we sat him up a bit, made sure to try and be as cautious and safe as possible. Well, he ended up immediately throwing up. He came back around a few minutes later and didn't remember too much at all.
"He remembered going to work out, and not feeling good on his walk home so he sat down and rested, and the next thing he remembers is us waking him up. I don't know if  I necessarily saved his life or what not but he was very thankful for me helping him."
DiMichele later said it was an experience he'll never forget.
"It was crazy," he said. "I was nervous, but I'm glad I made the decision to help him when I did."
Fortunately, the EMAs arrived and told DiMichele he did the right thing and they took the senior to the hospital and everything turned out to be just fine.
As an aside, DiMichele may have recruited another fanny for the Lincoln Financial Field seats this fall.
"He told me he would certainly come to some Temple football games this fall," DiMichele wrote.
This morning, head coach Matt Rhule chased down a guy at the airport and gave him back a laptop the man left at security. Hopefully, Rhule had time to give a season-ticket sales' pitch as well. Either way, both coach DiMichele and coach Rhule generated some good Karma the past couple of days and at least two more fans.
Maybe that should be the new slogan for 2013:
"Temple Football. Recruiting fans, one at a time."

5 comments:

Kent Duke said...

hard to believe it but Penn State has out recruited us this year!!

and once again we are last in the Big East...,

impossible to crack the top twenty with bottom 50 recruits.., what are our choices, how can we get better at this?

Temple Football Forever said...

A lot of the recruiting "problems" the past two years was that Daz thought this was the NFL draft and went with the "best available athlete" model.
That left us with a lot of 5-7 to 5-10 WRs and DBs and about 8 potentially great LBs and not too many linemen.
In his month or so, Rhule is using the last 10 schollies to upgrade the size factor.
We got a Cincy decommit and stand to land a huge guy from Bound Brook (N.J.).
Averee Robinson is going to be a great, not good, nose tackle. Tyler Haddock-Jones is going to be a great, not good, DT.
Still, the "jewel" of the recruiting class is P.J. Walker, the QB who is the NJ offensive player of the year.
Also nice to get the best high school placekicker in the nation, especially when you see that the Ravens win the Super Bowl because the Niners stayed with aging David Akers tomorrow.

Dayowl87 said...

Mike, we landed another two star recruit for linebacker this time. It does seem MR is building a recruiting pipeline rather quickly, and not surprisingly. I would like to see us have a need based approach as you point out rather than a series of d-backs and running backs.

I'd like to see the owls get bigger and certainly deeper up front. I was hoping the owls would out coach other teams but I'm not fully sold on our staff. I'm comfortable MR will be a better CEO than Daz but I'm not sold on him having better lieutenants. Go owls.

Temple Football Forever said...

I think that LB can play another position, though.
Wadley decommitted and went to Iowa, which is in the middle of nowhere.
I think it's tremendous that a lot of Temple kids are going to have the family support system nearby in addition to going away.
At Temple, you can have the best of both worlds.
At Iowa, that's a cold world if things don't work out.

Temple Football Forever said...

Also, Buddy Brown, from Williamstown, is going to be a great Owl. Really too many guys to mention.
We'll publish profiles on all when they sign on the dotted line Wednesday.