Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Temple's Golden rips his team

Philadelphia - Al Golden has gotten a lot of credit for changing the culture on North Broad Street but the Temple coach is done feeling good about himself and his program.

A 31-17 loss at fellow MAC heavyweight Northern Illinois last Saturday has Golden thinking about changes for what he called a passionless and selfish team.

"We're not a good football team right now," Golden said on his weekly conference call. "The foundation has eroded, technique has eroded. We've become a soft team. That’s my thing. That’s my failure to make this team tough enough to handle this stretch."

Quarterback Chester Stewart has played poorly for most of the season but he really raised the ire of his coach when he ran out of bounds on a key fourth down play, thinking it was third down.

"Unacceptable. Unacceptable," Golden said of Stewart's faux pas. "We weren't focused; we didn't execute. And I think that play was symptomatic of our day. We didn't deserve to win."

Golden said changes were in store when Temple returns to Lincoln Financial Field this Saturday for its homecoming game against Bowling Green.

"[Change is coming in a ] bunch of places, bunch of places," Golden said. "That’s all I'm saying. It’s open season right now. Coaches are on notice; players are on notice. There’s gonad be some changes. There already have been some changes.

"Obviously I'm not gonad release them because its part of our strategy, but you're gonad see some new faces -- you're gonna see more guys that are tough, more guys that are disciplined, more guys that want to play the Temple way. And some guys, I've had enough of the selfishness,"

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