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.

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Army-Navy Game Will Be Played Elsewhere Starting in 2023

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By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

I’m a bit late in the news cycle on this one -so please forgive me- but this needs to be addressed.  

In a joint statement, the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy announced a new five-year “cycle” for the Army-Navy Game.  What does this mean? It means the game will be played in five different cities throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic beginning with the 2022 game in Philadelphia.  The game won’t return “home'' to Philadelphia until December 2027.  

I’m sorry, this is bullshit! 

I get the Army-Navy Game is “America’s Game”, but it is as much “Philadelphia’s Game.”  I have no problem sharing it with Baltimore or New York/New Jersey because there’s been a historic precedent.  But parading this thing all over the Northeast? Come on! 

The game has been played 122-times, 89-times in Philadelphia.  The city hosted the game every year from 1932-1982 with the exception of during WWII when the games were moved back to the respective academies.  The city was chosen because it’s roughly halfway between Annapolis and West Point and its rich military history (hello, American Revolution). 

This all makes sense, right?

Hell, you can even factor in the Continental Army’s base in Valley Forge, the old United States Navy Yard, and the former New York Shipbuilding facility in Camden as more historic reasons for the game being held in Philly. 

Again, I have no problem if the game is “shared” with the New York metropolitan market or even Baltimore-Washington.  Why, because it’s been done before.  New York/New Jersey has hosted the game 21-times and Balt-Wash has hosted 10-times.   Those cities always hosted once every four-to-five years when the game was not played in Philadelphia.  

If it ain't broke, why fix it?

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For Eagles, Penn State May Be Ideal Match In Draft

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles are in need of help at quite a few positions heading into the 2022 draft.

In particular, the Eagles will need to address safety, defensive end, linebacker, wide receiver, and perhaps even punter.

Well, right in the Eagles' backyard is Penn State, a program that figures to have top players at every one of those positions in the 2022 NFL draft.

Even more so is that most of these players are slated to go in the late first or in the second round of the draft - a position that the Eagles not only have many picks in, but with Howie Roseman's typical style of making trades and value seeking in trading back, the Birds may wind up with even more picks in the range of Penn State's players.

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Notable Names: Former Eagles, Owls, Nittany Lions and More Drafted Into USFL

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The USFL concluded the draft for it's 2022 reboot this week and fans have plenty of players to root for.

Not only is there a team representing Philadelphia, but there are quite a few names that people should recognize, including former Philadelphia Eagles, Temple Owls, Penn State Nittany Lions and some other names that will be of interest to those in the area.


Former Eagles

By far the longest list of those in this article, the Eagles have crossed paths with quite a few of these players at one time or another.

Due to the USFL's draft limiting teams to pick positions by round, the first two Eagles Alummi off the board were quarterbacks.

QB Clayton Thorson

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Penn State Football Recruiting Roundup

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Nittany Lions put together a top-tier recruiting effort for their football program in 2022, creating a class that was easily a top-10 one come signing day in December.

Despite some coaching changes, mostly due to coaches leaving for promotions to head coach or coordinator elsewhere, that does not seem to have stopped.

The Nittany Lions put an exclamation mark on their 2022 class, have serious momentum behind their 2023 class and have made key moves in the transfer portal in the early stages of the 2022 calendar year.

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Outback Bowl Preview: Penn State vs #21 Arkansas

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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. 

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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.  

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

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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.
 
 

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

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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. 

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

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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.

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

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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.