Temple pride no longer an endangered species
We're going to blurb an interview from our own website here, but please understand we have really good reasons for doing so: First, there's a lot to unpack in this paragraph from Pete Thamel's talk with newly installed Temple skipper Matt Rhule:
SI: How far has the program come since you first arrived in the 2006 season?
MR: I remember my first spring practice out on the field. I had just come from a [Division] I-AA school, and I remember saying to myself, 'Oh my goodness.' From the work ethic to the talent level to the expectation level and mindset. We'd practice and people would walk by and yell how bad we were and throw rocks at us. It's to the point now where the community and people around here have embraced us. I would say everything from top to bottom was uprooted. Al used to refer to it as a revolution. I actually had a picture of Che Guevara on my screensaver for a couple years. You were literally fighting a revolution in the mind of a team and changing their mindset saying, 'We will win.' Second, it means we get to reuse this photo of him in an owl mask. We knew you'd understand. (Also, read on to find out that Rhule's wife is a former Chili's waitress who's now a dietician. We want to hear her stories.)