The AP recently reported that Temple Owls Athletic Director, Bill Bradshaw, would be stepping down from the position this June. They reported that Bradshaw was doing so to deal with an unspecified family related issue. Now, while we don’t normally associate athletic directors with a university’s athletic program’s success, Bradshaw had as much to do with the continued growth and development of them as any coach that has led each sports division.
Bradshaw oversaw the football program go through multiple coaching and league changes. The loss of him to the football program is certainly going to alter the way in which they do business. As for Temple’s basketball program, Bradshaw’s retirement comes at a time of conference realignment and scheduling nightmares.
That is not to say the Owls won’t be able to continue on their journey of being a more than solid program. To be honest though, the journey of keeping head coach, Fran Dunphy, might prove to be a little more difficult. Bradshaw brought in Dunphy after many thought the retirement of John Chaney meant the end of Temple’s basketball relevance.
Dunphy is always a hot commodity, although no real signs were ever shown that he would actually leave the program. Now that the school’s athletic department is in transition, it wouldn’t be shocking if he started to listen to offers.
At the end of the day, Temple always seems to know what they are doing. I am sure whoever is set to replace Bradshaw will do an admirable job. Still, losing a man who has done so much over so many different circumstances, cannot be an easy thing to overcome.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone