We have some Eagles and NFL stuff to get to, but I wanted to start off with Temple University hiring their new head football coach. We gave you some information on Geoff Collins yesterday when the hire was imminent, but then Temple athletic director Patrick Kraft made it official later in the day.
“As soon as I met with Geoff I knew right away that this was the right coach at the right time for Temple University,” athletic director Patrick Kraft said in a press release. “Well beyond Geoff’s acumen as a coach of hard, physical football, he shares our values of embracing the student-athlete and demanding excellence in all that we do. We welcome Geoff and Jennifer to the Temple family. I know that he will be fantastic.”
I hadn’t heard much about Collins as a head coaching candidate for Temple, but his defenses at Mississippi State and Florida were among the best in the nation. He’s an energetic and very well respected among his peers. This looks like a great hire.
“I want to thank President [Richard] Englert and Dr. Kraft for this incredible opportunity to join Temple and the City of Philadelphia,” Collins said in a release. “I have been in the game of college football for more than two decades and I am humbled and honored to be chosen to build on a great foundation of success. We will compete for championships, we will provide a world-class student-athlete experience and education, and we will represent the community with pride.”
Will be an exciting to see a new personality try to guide the Owls even further than Matt Rhule was able to take them. Collins will have the talent to work with, but will also have a new starting quarterback to deal with year one. I’ll be interested to see who he brings in with him to run the offense.
This is a tough hire for Temple. Think about it. The last 3 head coaches have all left for better jobs. Al Golden spent five seasons with the Owls and took a program that was winless in the season before he arrived, to seasons of 9-4 and 8-4 in his last two seasons on North Broad. Steve Addazio was only in town for two years and managed to get the Boston College job despite winning only 4 games his in his last season. We know what Matt Rhule did in his four years.
Does Collins parlay his success to a bigger and better job? Most likely, yes. It’s the problem with college football, unless you are a member of an elite Power 5 program. If Collins does end up at another job in 3 years, it’s probably because the Owls have remained successful, which is a good thing. It also means that you have to make ANOTHER quality hire to lead your program. Tough sledding to be a mid-major in today’s landscape.
— Does anyone care about this game? No, not really. We will watch the game. I’m always interested in watching Carson Wentz and seeing how he performs, but not much of a build-up or talking about the match-up.
Normally in a season where your team isn’t very good, fans are shouting to lose games for a better draft pick. Of course this season, the Eagles don’t own their first rounder because of the Carson Wentz trade, but they do have the Vikings first pick from the Sam Bradford. If the season ended today, the Eagles would be drafting 18th in the first round via the Vikings pick and they’d be sending Cleveland the 9th overall selection. Yes, Cleveland will have two top 10 picks, but still no quarterback to speak of.
— THE SEASON IS NOT OVER. Mathmatically, the Eagles can still make the playoffs, but it’s a looooooong shot.
At 5-8, the Eagles are still mathematically alive for a playoff spot. According to FPI, they face 5 million-to-1 odds. The scenario: The Eagles must win out, the Falcons, Redskins and Packers must all lose out. The Vikings must beat the Packers, but lose their other 2 games. The Buccaneers must beat the Panthers in Week 17. The Saints must lose to the Cardinals or Buccaneers. And the Cardinals must lose at least once.
— This is a crazy story. Wake Forest player, turned Wake Forest Coach, turned Wake Forest game color analyst, was fired from the university for leaking game plans to the opposing teams.