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No. 94: Temple

Less than eight years ago, Temple came within one vote  of dropping football altogether. The following season, in 2005, Temple suffered its first winless season in a half-century. A year after that, Temple hired Al Golden. Four years later, Temple posted its first winning season in 19 years. Two years after that, Temple hired Steve Addazio. A year later, Temple rejoined the Big East. It’s an amazing, rags-to-riches tale that has gone largely unnoticed amid the other cautionary and cynical tales of conference realignment: Temple, through years of sweat and toil, regained a place at the table. Yes, it’s the Big East, but it’s a step up — a step back up, rather. All’s well that ends well, even if the story includes near-elimination, some of the worst football you can possibly imagine and the fairly horrific idea that Temple might be biting off a bit more than it can chew. For now, at least. The Owls have the pieces to compete in the Big East; however, I’d be remiss not to mention that despite the program’s recent climb, neither Golden nor Addazio beat a single MAC team with a winning record.

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