Ball security is a term coaches use as one of the keys to winning in college football, usually referring to things like fumbles and interceptions.
Temple’s football team finished right in the middle of the 125-team FBS pack in fumbles, ranked No. 62 in the country in 2013.
In choosing venues for their 2014 spring football game, the Owls already lead the country with one big fumble. They have decided to play the game at a high school this Saturday, Cardinal O’Hara in suburban Philadelphia, because their on-campus $17 million practice facility field is being resurfaced.
Ball security is one thing, while Brand security is another. Temple’s brand suffers a major hit playing at a high school and this one in particular.
Playing at O’Hara is a bad decision for a number of reasons. One, Temple has several perfectly good athletic fields on its own beautiful suburban campus in Ambler.
Two, O’Hara, located 14 miles west of the city in Broomall, is an incredibly hard place to get to for Temple students and fans. There is no regional rail service to Broomall from the Temple campus. To get there, Temple people have to hop on the Broad Street subway, get off the subway at City Hall, take another train to Upper Darby and another bus to Broomall and THEN have to make a 12-minute walk to the high school.
In the Philly suburbs, buses do not run on a regular basis on Saturdays. If you do not have a car, and many kids 18-22 do not, tough luck.
On the other hand, there is regional rail service from Temple’s main campus to Ambler in addition to a regular bus shuttle between the campuses.
For Temple alumni, the spring game is a place to tailgate and knock down a few cold ones with fellow fall tailgaters—but not this spring as both the high school and township prohibit both tailgating and alcoholic beverages. So now what you have is the double whammy of disenfranchising both students and alumni.
That doesn’t leave too many people even left to hiss off, something Temple should have thought about before calling this latest fumblerooski play.