The Owls and the Pussycats.
Notre Dame and Temple are in negotiations for a game in South Bend in 2013 but the deal is far from finalized.
Notre Dame is trying to reestablish some roots in the Northeast. The Irish play Army this November at Yankee Stadium. There is a large recruiting base, especially in North Jersey, that has eroded over the years. When Bergen Catholic superstar Brian Cushing went to USC instead of Notre Dame, the Irish knew that the Blue and Gold of yesteryear has turned into the Gray and Gold.
Temple has played Penn State over the past few years, but that deal has been two-for-one.
Al Golden paid a visit to South Bend over the offseason, but Brian Kelly got the job.
UConn and Randy Edsall capped an incredible season last year by stunning the Irish in one of the year’s most emotional games. It even got Edsall an interview for the Irish job. Temple’s football program is making similar strides.
It will be interesting to see who has more wins this year, Notre Dame or Temple. Last season, the Irish, with Jimmy Clausen, Golden Tate and Michael Floyd, didn't make a bowl game. Temple did and was smacking around UCLA
before disintegrating in the second half of the EagleBank bowl. And Temple didn't have freshman sensation Bernard Pierce, who now has a Heisman campaign going and his own web site www.Pierce4Heisman.com.
I'll start the Dayne Crist for the Heisman campaign. I didn't help much with Clausen last year, but have no fear, Clausen will be the best NFL QB this coming season and Kelly will have Crist throwing to Floyd and Kyle Rudolph all day long.
See you at Yankee Stadium. Bill Zloch, where are you?