| Conference Notes
| Press Conference
Coming out of a bye week following the Owls 31-24 loss to Navy on September 6, Temple head coach Matt Rhule
held a press conference on Tuesday, September 16 to address this week's game. The Owls will face FCS opponent Delaware State on September 20.
The game kicks off at 1 pm ET and can be seen on ESPN3. Those in the Philadelphia area can listen to the game on 97.5 FM The Fanatic with Harry Donahue (play-by-play), Paul Palmer (analyst) and Harry Mayes (sidelines).
Below is Coach Rhule's opening statement.
"I appreciate everyone coming out, seeing the end of practice and joining us for the conference. You know, we're excited to get back to game week; last week was a good week for us, take some time and try to really develop our young players, get a couple of guys healthy, and really try to improve. We're challenged that we have three bye weeks, two in the first four or five games so we have to use those wisely. I think our team worked hard last week to become a better team.
We're excited we're at game week now, to welcome Delaware State and Coach Blount's team to Lincoln Financial Field, and really most importantly to fight for a win. We don't take winning lightly, we know how hard it is to win football games and we're going to go out there and fight for a win.
I've had a couple messages for the team this week. I think the first thing is everybody wants to win, but not everybody wants to be a great team. There's not many great teams; I think we have a good team, I like our team. We play well at times, but we're certainly not a great team yet. We're fighting the good fight to become a great team, and a great team plays great on Saturdays. It doesn't just prepare great, it plays great. So that's really our first challenge, to go play like a great team.
I'm trying to get the team, secondly, to kind of understand we need to have a brand. I don't mind losing games, but I was not pleased with the way we played at Navy; to allow the other team to run the ball on us, for us not to be able to run the ball. It's not really the way we want to play. We've shown them the mid-70s Flyers, having an identity, having a brand, and trying to get our team to buy into the fact that win or lose, we need to have a brand that we believe in and we fight for every week.
And the finally, the third thing that we're talking to our team about this week is establishing our home field. We've been too quick as coaches, staff, players, everybody to allow ourselves to lose at home. Whether it's UCF at the end of the game, UConn with a lead, or last Saturday with a chance to win at the end and not to come through. We've got to start to fight for our home field. I think those are the things we're looking at this week as a team and we're looking at Delaware State. A team that really should have beaten Towson last week- Towson I think went to the finals or the national championship game - they were beating them late in the fourth quarter. They have several really good players; wideout Milton Williams is as good as any receiver we'll see, they have a defensive tackle Rodney Gunter that's an NFL players, that can create a lot of problems for guys, has created a lot of problems for guys, and they have Aris Scott, a kid that we recruited out of high school, took a kick back, and we know what he can do. They have a lot of other players besides those guys, but those are the three that our team is really focused on, and as we get ready for this challenge of Delaware State that we know we have to control those guys if we want to have a chance to win the game."