Temple lost two of its best players on offense, RB Tim Brown and WR Mike Holley, but the Owls have two up-and-coming wide receivers in Domerio Hamilton and Travis Shelton. The pair combined for 10 catches and 149 yards in Temple's spring game. Jason Harper takes over for Brown. Temple may have a long way to go, but the Owls have themselves a pretty good coach in Al Golden. Golden, 37, was named Temple's coach in December of 2005, becoming the second-youngest head coach in NCAA history. He worked the previous five years as the University of Virginia's defensive coordinator. Temple went 1-11 last season, beating Bowling Green. Golden played tight end for Penn State (1987-91). Golden is trying to rebuild a program that has been dead for decades. Coach Jerry Berndt led the Owls to their last winning season in 1990 (7-4). Temple joined the Big East in '91 and fell into a downward spiral. The Owls couldn't compete in the league.
During 14 years in the Big East, Temple won three games once (1997) and went winless six times. The Owls left the Big East with a 14-80 record. Berndt was 11-33 as a coach. He was followed by Ron Dickerson (8-47 from 1993-97) and Bobby Wallace (19-71 from 1998-2005). Temple went 0-11 in Wallaces's last season.
And you think Army has it bad?
More on Temple, the Owls ranked dead last in the nation in rushing defense last year. So, Army running backs, get ready to run.
Bottom line, Temple may be better this year, but not much better. This is a game Army has to have. Good luck, Black Knights!