Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Al Golden contract extension a good deal

Oddly, Al Golden bears a facial resemblance to Bruce Arians here.
"I'm thrilled ... for the opportunity to continue our commitment of making our football program a vital component of the Temple Community, support the mission of the university and to strengthen the Temple Brand on a national scale."
_ Al Golden
I like the way Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw works, quietly and behind the scenes.
I ran into Bill at the signing day function and mentioned something about Al's contract and Bill said, "Al Golden can have a contract extension any time he wants."
Bradshaw didn't elaborte.
He didn't need to for a Joe Schmoe like me.
I didn't take it as a good sign at the time because I interpreted it as a "contract extension" of the current contract with the same financial terms in place.
Evidently, though, from what I hear, this is a significant increase in Al's salary with a comenserate increase in staff compensation.
Someone tweeted me this morning that Al is now making money similar to head coaches in BCS conferences, a more-than-double salary increase.
I like that, but what I like more is that there are hightened protections in place for my beloved Temple University.
I hope Al stays here for a Joe Paterno-like run, but I live in a real world.
Others have come after him hard the past two seasons and, someday, someone is going to get him for the right offer.
Once that happens, though, I want Temple protected and this deal does that.
The school that hires Golden away from Temple will have to pay the school the kind of money West Virginia got when Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan.
That's the best part of the deal and assures Temple will have the financial wherewithal to hire a big-name coach should Al leave.
Let's hope Al settles in here and develops the kind of love for the school that Wayne Hardin, John Chaney and Harry Litwack had.
This school has a special mission and only very special people understand that.
For the historic-like turnaround Golden has already achieved here, he deserves to be compensated handsomely.
I hope he attacks the enormous task ahead to move the program forward with the same verve he has in working his magic so far.
Today was a great day for both Al Golden and Temple football, but there are greater days ahead.
It should be fun finding out what rewards those days bring to the Owls and their fans.
Temple has put its money where its mouth is ... time for you to do the same and buy more season tickets: