With the massive changes in modern-day college football, and the transitional period of administration here at Temple, this is one of the most pivotal times for football fans in recent memory.
The team currently sits at 3-6, with losses coming in blowout fashion over their last four games. Owls fans are becoming increasingly passionate in sharing their frustrations with the state of the program.
But even in the toughest times, some fans have kept an optimistic outlook.
Frank Stephens III has been a loyal fan since 1982, when his father used to take him to games at Franklin Field. Since then, Stephens has seen his fair share of ups and downs for the program.
“We’ve been here before, and we’ve fixed it before,” he stated. “So that’s how I feel about it, and I think we can turn this thing around.”
As the founder and current moderator of the Facebook Temple Football Fans group, Stephens represents a fanbase that is different from most.
“We’re supposed to be tough fans, we signed up for a team where we knew things weren’t going to always go our way,” Stephens stated.
President Wingard, who has a background as an athlete himself, recently brought in Arthur Johnson to serve as the athletic director. He boasts an impressive history, especially rich in college football.
Fans hope that this duo will help the athletes on North Broad return to their winning ways.
Many fans are also hoping that the future of the program includes a rebuilding process. It’s been done before, carried out by former coaches Al Golden and Matt Rhule.
Zach Gelb, a Temple alumni and current CBS Sports radio correspondent, has followed the team through those times.
His wish for the team is that the current coaching woes are addressed by the new administration.
“It’s really early and I’m going to trust the people that make the hires, that they’ve made the right hires and I’ve been impressed so far with what we’ve seen,” Gelb stated.