Ed Foley: We're Excited About Independence Bowl

Temple's interim head coach dropped by Taz & The Moose one day after his animated press conference went viral

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December 12, 2018 - 9:37 am

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The College Football Playoff, as well as the New Year’s Six games, tend to dominate the college football headlines this time of year. Well, there are plenty of other bowl games to enjoy, and Temple (8-4) versus Duke (7-5) in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, is no exception.

Yes, as evidenced during Tuesday’s press conference, Temple interim head coach Ed Foley couldn’t be more excited. 

“Louisiana has got rabid football fans, I’m excited about our football team, and if you understand the timing of everything that’s going on at Temple, getting down there to Louisiana was just a reprieve for me,” an animated Foley said on Taz & The Moose. “They were like, ‘Go get it, man!’ So I was like, ‘All right, let’s go! We’re fired up. We got a good football team, we’re playing a good football team down there, and we’re excited to go.’”

Former Temple head coach Geoff Collins left to become the head coach at Georgia Tech. Foley, wanting to keep his team’s spirits high, responded with a high-octane speech at the presser.

“I never set foot in Shreveport in my life,” Foley said. “When I came over the bridge sitting in the backseat of a pick-up truck, there was a little shack on the right. It said, ‘Gizzards, Po’ Boys, Oysters and Philly Cheesesteaks.’ I said, ‘I’m going to love this place.’”

The Owls won six of their final seven games, with the only loss coming at UCF, 52-40, on Nov. 1.

“We’re coming in on a good streak,” Foley continued. “We played good football at the end of the season. We got healthy. We had been banged up early. We got a lot of really good football players that are getting healthy and are healthier now and are excited to play.”

Temple is led by senior running back Ryquell Armstead, who rushed 210 times for 1,098 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns this season.

Foley couldn’t help but get amped up about his team’s prospects heading into bowl season.

“It’s not hard,” he said. “They love to play. We love our kids. They walk in the building every day, they bring energy, they play with high-energy, they’re great in the weight room, they attack – it’s great. The culture and the program right now is really strong. If you got around our guys, they love each other and they love to play. They’re always breaking each other’s stones, and they make it real fun. But they bring the energy on the field.”

The Independence Bowl is slated for Dec. 27 at 1:30 p.m. ET.