Geoff Collins stood at a podium and endeared himself to Temple and his new metropolis with tales about childhood journeys to Philadelphia Flyers video games and classes his dad handed down from John Chaney.
The Georgia native painted himself a lot as one among Philly’s personal, that it is superb Collins did not confess he was named with two f’s in honor of the Temple Tuff motto.
Collins, a Florida defensive coordinator, did not simply want to develop into a head coach, he insisted. He particularly needed to teach Temple.
And why not?
The Owls have lengthy shed their stained status because the worst soccer program in Division I and have turn out to be a profitable group that competes for convention titles and performs in low-tiered bowl video games.
With a room full of scholars sporting “Mayhem is Coming,” T-shirts, Collins requested rhetorically: “What’s subsequent?”
The higher query could also be, what extra can any coach accomplish at Temple?
The Owls have peaked as a program heading into the Dec. 27 Army Bowl with again-to-again 10-win seasons and a spot within the AP Prime 25. The Owls are the American Athletic Convention champions and coach Matt Rhule cashed in with a brand new job at Baylor within the Massive 12. The Owls might run the desk and nonetheless all the time be on the surface of enjoying in a serious bowl recreation. Massive image, not one of the groups outdoors of the Energy 5 are contending for playoff spots with out a variety of unlikely circumstances.
“It has not completed all it could do,” Temple Athletic Director Pat Kraft stated Wednesday. “We have got to maintain constructing the momentum. We win convention championships. We need to be nationally ranked, persistently. There’s a lot in entrance of us.”
Collins, forty five, is out to show he can lead his personal program in addition to he orchestrated frenzied defenses at Florida and Mississippi State that earned him the “Minister of Mayhem” nickname.
He is charged with making certain the Owls do not slip again into oblivion very similar to they have been headed within the ultimate season of Steve Addazio’s two-yr stint. Rhule, a longtime Temple assistant, returned from a one-yr cease within the NFL to save lots of this system and lead the Owls to their biggest successes in an in any other case futile historical past.
Rhule completed feats like an upset of Penn State, a nationally televised residence recreation towards Notre Dame that introduced ESPN’s “GameDay” to Philly and Temple’s first convention title since 1967 all with no campus stadium.
The varsity’s drive for a 35,000-seat stadium seems to be stalled. The $126 million plan has generated controversy since February, when Temple’s board of trustees accepted a feasibility research, employed architects and tore down flats on college land close to campus.
“It is within the board’s palms,” Kraft stated.
This is the most effective Collins can hope for at Temple: Simply hold this system on the prime of the AAC.
That is the aim, contend and make a bowl yearly.
Will probably be onerous for Temple to yr in and yr out sustain with the Florida faculties within the AAC East due to assets and recruiting. It will be exceptional if Collins can maintain this system at this degree.
Rhule can supply Collins recommendations on the right way to construct a winner on North Broad.
Collins and Rhule cast an in depth friendship once they coached on the identical employees at Division III Albright School in Studying, Pennsylvania within the Nineteen Nineties. Rhule constructed the championship formulation at Temple and Collins stated he does not need to stray an excessive amount of from what labored.
“I need to meet with each single individual in that constructing,” Collins stated.
However he nonetheless has unfinished enterprise earlier than he begins his handshake tour.
Collins is about to return to Gainesville, Florida and determine with coach Jim McElwain if he’ll keep for Florida’s Jan. 2 Outback Bowl recreation towards Iowa. Collins and his spouse are placing the ending touches on adopting a toddler.
Collins held a personal group assembly earlier than his press convention – the place he refused to say he would pledge to recruits that he’d stick round for all 4 seasons. However for a day, Temple wasn’t nervous the place Collins will probably be in 4 years as a result of he was with the Owls at this time.
“We discovered the correct man,” Kraft stated. “We will maintain this factor going.
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