NEWPORT, R.I. – Talk about bringing the excitement.
Temple’s Steve Addazio was by far the most animated coach at Tuesday’s Big East Media Day here.
As everyone listened, he talked about what the conference can expect from the Owls.
“It’s a new Temple,” he said. “It doesn’t resemble anything where it was six or seven years ago.
“We just completed a $10 million football facility, a state of the art complex, a new $50 million basketball complex. There’s change everywhere. We were a 1,200-person commuter school. We are [39,000] residential students.”
Temple, however, was picked to finish last in the eight-team conference by the media in this the Owls' second go-round in the league. Temple spent the last five years as a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference after being kicked out of the Big East for lack of success on the field and in the box office.
Temple is coming off three consecutive winning seasons. Last year’s 37-15 New Mexico Bowl victory marked the Owls first bowl win in 32 seasons. But they only return eight full-time starters from a squad that finished 9-4 last season.
“I don’t know where we’ll be in this pecking order at the end of the season. I have no idea,” Addazio said. “I do know this” we will show up. We’ll play really, really hard and we’ll represent the game the way it is supposed to be represented. That’s what I will promise you."