From: Gonzalez, John

To: Fox, Ashley; Fitzpatrick, Frank

Subject: Al Golden

Al Golden is on his way to the University of Miami. The man helped Temple turn its football program from a perennial joke into a winner. Will the Owls survive post Golden, or are we looking at a return to the bad old days?

From: Fitzpatrick, Frank

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Subject: Al Golden

I don't envy Golden's successor. Temple finishes 8-4 and still can't get to a bowl. That's because those Owls fans inclined to travel to a bowl game - and I speak as an alum - couldn't fill a plane let alone a stadium. The Golden era is over. Time to return to another aluminum one.

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Fox, Ashley; Fitzpatrick, Frank

Subject: Al Golden

I'm a little more optimistic. Golden was a solid recruiter. It has to be easier to get kids to go to Temple now than ever before.

From: Fitzpatrick, Frank

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Subject: Al Golden

It's true. I'm amazed at how many of the children of suburban parents who were afraid to venture within a mile of Temple's campus now attend the school - and live in the neighborhood. Not so sure about the recruiting. How does a kid get past the fact that you can finish 8-4 and get snubbed by the bowls?

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Fitzpatrick, Frank; Gonzalez, John

Subject: Al Golden

It'll be interesting to see whom they hire, particularly if they hire from within Golden's staff. That would help, at least a little, with continuity.

What also would help is a bigger weight room and an on-campus stadium, but those are bigger fixes that we're not likely to see anytime soon.