Rod Carey Out as Temple Football Coach

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The Athletic’s Matt Fortuna is reporting that Temple has fired head football coach Rod Carey after three blowout riddled season on North Broad Street. The Owls closed out a tumultuous 3-9 season with 38-14 loss this past weekend to Navy.

Carey compiled a 12-20 record in his three-seasons at Temple, eight of those wins came in his first season as the Owls coach.  Temple was 4-15 over the past two seasons with all but one loss by two touchdowns or more.  The Owls had made four consecutive bowl appearances from 2015-2019.

Continue reading "Rod Carey Out as Temple Football Coach" »


Outback Bowl Preview: Penn State vs #21 Arkansas

33199548-0177-469C-B2E7-082EE3DF8D91
By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The Penn State Nittany Lions (7-5, 4-5 Big Ten) return to the after losing 5-of-7 games to finish off the 2021 regular season campaign. At one point a Top 5 team, the Nittany Lions limped too the the finish line and an appearance in the Outback Bowl. 

No. 21 Arkansas Razorbacks (8-4, 4-4 SEC) were one of the bigger surprises this college football season. The Razorbacks complied right wins including two over Top 15 programs.  Head coach Sam Pittman was moments away from having Arkansas in the ten win club. Arkansas suffered a heartbreaking 52-51 loss to No. 17 Ole Miss and lost to CFP finalist No. 2 Alabama 42-35. 


This matchup could be the story of a team, Penn State, that woefully under achieved and an Arkansas squad that overachieved. The nation seems to think this is the case, Penn State is a 59.9% favorite according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. However, Vegas is favoring the overachiever, Arkansas is a 2.5-point favorite in most betting sites. 

Date: January 1, 2022

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

When: Noon/Eastern

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 1210 WPHT and the Penn State Radio Network

Series History 

This is the first ever matchup between Penn State and Arkansas. 

Continue reading "Outback Bowl Preview: Penn State vs #21 Arkansas " »


A Pair of Nittany Lions Opt Out of the Outback Bowl, Set Focus on NFL Draft

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Penn State will be a down a pair of All-Big Ten players when they take the field against No. 21 Arkansas on Sunday in the Outback Bowl.  Safety Jaquan Brisker and wide receiver Jahan Dotson have officially opted out of the bowl game and will focus on the upcoming NFL Draft process.  

Continue reading "A Pair of Nittany Lions Opt Out of the Outback Bowl, Set Focus on NFL Draft" »


OFFICIAL: Texas Assistant Stan Drayton Is the New Temple Head Coach

DraytonPhoto: Stan Drayton Twitter/@StanDraytonUT

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The Temple Owls have reportedly found their next head football coach. University of Texas running backs/run game coordinator Stan Drayton has been tasked with rebuilding the program.
 
Drayton, 50, has been a fixture in coaching circles since 1993. The Cleveland, OH native has spent the majority of his career in the collegiate ranks as a running backs coach and assistant head coach. He is credited with with fine tuning the running style of Carlos Hyde and Ezekiel Elliott during his time at Ohio State.
 
Drayton is no stranger to the Delaware Valley, spending 1995-1999 at the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova, respectively. While on the Main Line, Drayton recruited a shifty running back from DeMatha Catholic named Brian Westbrook. Under Drayton’s tutelage, Westbrook became the first player in college football history to record a 1,000 yard rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in one season, 1998.
 
Temple is Drayton’s first head coaching job at any level.
 
 

Continue reading "OFFICIAL: Texas Assistant Stan Drayton Is the New Temple Head Coach" »


Report: Temple Down to Two Candidates, Fran Brown and Stan Drayton

Temple FootballPhoto: Temple Football/@Temple_FB

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

According to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, the Temple football coaching search is coming down to Fran Brown and Stan Drayton.  We profiled Brown and Drayton in previous reports about the Temple opening. 

Continue reading "Report: Temple Down to Two Candidates, Fran Brown and Stan Drayton" »


Report: Temple "Zeroing In On" Camden Native Fran Brown as Next Head Coach

Fran Brown

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Talk about a turn of events in the Temple football coaching search, FootballScoop.com is reporting that Temple is “zeroing in” on Rutgers University assistant Fran Brown as the next head coach of the Owls.  Brown, a former Temple coach under Matt Rhule, has been a top choice of fans and former players.  He will reportedly be meeting with Temple president Dr. Jason Wingard as the final step of the process.

Continue reading "Report: Temple "Zeroing In On" Camden Native Fran Brown as Next Head Coach" »


Report: Texas Assistant Stan Drayton is Top Candidate for Temple Opening

Drayton
By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The Athletic’s Chris Vannini is reporting that University of Texas running backs coach/run game coordinator Stan Drayton is a “strong candidate” for the Temple coaching job. Drayton has been considered the Owls top target. 


Temple fired Rod Carey on November 23 after three disastrous seasons on North Broad. Drayton was mentioned immediately due to his connection with athletic director Arthur Johnson. The two worked together at Texas. 

Other rumored candidates have included Ole Miss assistant Chris Partridge and Texas A&M assistant Elijah Robinson. Former Owls coach Al Golden would reportedly be interested in the job however it’s not known if Temple has reciprocated. 

Temple is one of two FBS openings, Oregon is the other, with the National Signing period fast approaching. 


Former Miami Coach Manny Diaz Named New DC at Penn State

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Former University of Miami head coach Manny Diaz has been announced as Penn State’s new defensive coordinator.  He takes over for Brent Fry who took the head coaching job at Virginia Tech. Diaz, 47, is coming off of a disappoint stint as head coach of “The U” where he compiled a 21-15 record at his alma mater. 

Despite the lackluster head coaching record at Miami, this is a very good hire for Penn State.  Diaz is considered by many to be one of the best defensive minds in college football.  He held the defensive coordinator position at multiple schools from 2006-2018.  Diaz’s defenses were routinely ranked near the top statistically.

Continue reading "Former Miami Coach Manny Diaz Named New DC at Penn State" »


Temple Football’s Next Coach: A Look at AD Arthur Johnson’s Texas Connections

Temple FootballPhoto: Temple Football/@Temple_FB


By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

All is quiet on the Temple football coaching search front.  Insanely quiet especially considering the chaos of the coaching carousel around landscape of college football.

Despite the silence, there are rumblings among insiders that athletic director Arthur Johnson could be dipping into his past, particularly his time in Texas, for the next Temple football head coach.  Johnson was in the Longhorn’s athletic department from 2014 until he took the job at Temple.  That’s seven-years worth of connections, including three former Power 5 head coaches, with one of the most well-known brands in college athletics.

Here are some names that could fit the “Texas to Temple” connection:

 

Continue reading "Temple Football’s Next Coach: A Look at AD Arthur Johnson’s Texas Connections" »


Report: Penn State Co-Defensive Coordinator Anthony Poindexter to be Named Head Coach at Virginia

Poindexter

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

 

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

One of James Franklin’s in-house options to replace former defensive coordinator Brent Fry, now the head coach at Virginia Tech, looks to be hitting the road to Virginia as well.  Jerry Ratcliffe is reporting that co-defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter will be named the next head coach at the University of Virginia.  

The announcement could come as early as Monday evening. 

Poindexter, who spent 1995-1998 on the Cavaliers, was a consensus All-American and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 1998.  His jersey, number 3, has been retired by the university.  He returned to Virginia as a graduate assistant in 2003 after a short run in the NFL with Baltimore and Cleveland.  Poindexter spent 2003-2013 with the Cavaliers before taking the defensive coordinator jobs at UConn (2014-16), Purdue (2017-2002), and Penn State (2021).

Continue reading "Report: Penn State Co-Defensive Coordinator Anthony Poindexter to be Named Head Coach at Virginia" »


Penn State Set for Outback Bowl Against Arkansas

OutbackPhoto: Penn State/@PennState_FB


Penn
State (7-5, 4-5 Big Ten) is headed to Tampa, FL to face the Arkansas Razorbacks (8-4, 4-4 SEC) in the annual Outback Bowl on January 1, 2022.  It will be the Nittany Lions fourth trip the Outback Bowl and first since 2011.  

The Outback Bowl, a New Year's Day tradition since 1995, pits the Big Ten against the SEC.  The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2. 

Arkansas is ranked No. 22 in the final College Football Playoff poll and have wins over four ranked teams.  The Razorbacks ended their regular season with a 34-17 win over Missouri. The Nittany Lions are coming off a disappointing end of the season where they lost four of out their last six.  

The Outback Bowl will be the first match up between Penn State and Arkansas.