What can Temple football fans expect out of the Owls in 2014? Judging by the recent tweets of head coach Matt Rhule, fans should see a team that is in shape and ready to play together when the Owls head to Nashville in late August to take on Vanderbilt.
Rhule’s squad has been partaking in what is called team commitment week, or on Twitter #teamcommitmentweek. This training camp/team building started Monday bright and early. The team is up at 4:55 am for workouts. Workouts have taken place in the teams practice facility as well as different fields around the Temple campus.
How Twitter plays into this week is pretty unique.
The football team is split up into different groups, those groups have to make a Twitter account so they can receive points when Coach Rhule tweets out different tasks to be completed for points. At the end of the week all the points are added up to see who the winner is. But there is one more factor that plays into the point tally, academics. It is good to see that Rhule puts academics first, so that these men can not only succeed on the field, as well as off the field.
The different tasks that Rhule tweets out involve taking pictures with all the team members in front of different statues or places around Temple’s campus. This is a way for the teams to catch up in the standing if they are falling behind during the fitness exercise in the mornings.
More recently the Owls trained with the Temple ROTC doing different military workouts to prepare for the upcoming season. Pictures posted on twitter show the rigorous workouts as well as team building activities.
Owls fans hope that this different style of off-season training implemented by the second year coach will bring more success to the program. Fans can get an early preview of the squad Saturday, April 26 at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA for the Cherry and White Spring Game. Admission is free and kickoff is set for 1pm.