As Temple football waits, head coach makes the most of coronavirus stay-at-home order

Ed Benkin
March 27, 2020 - 12:10 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Temple University's football players are home, and there are no spring workouts during the coronavirus crisis, but Owls coach Rod Carey remains upbeat.

"We're always trying to find the positives," Carey said. "It’s easy to find the negatives right now. There's enough negativity in the world."

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Adjusting to being away from campus, he is enjoying his family time.

"I like to check his work regularly. He does not like that," Carey said of his son. "My daughter is 15. She's an outstanding student as well, so I'm keeping her on task.”

There are no spring workouts for the Owls during the coronavirus crisis, and there is uncertainty about the season, but Carey says they are still getting valuable time reaching out to people online.

“Right now, there’s nobody around. I've got my family, but I’m getting about seven or eight of those quality hours," he said.

Carey says the earliest he believes they can return would be the beginning of June depending on the prospects of curbing the pandemic.

Carey believes the crisis will bring his team closer together on and off the field.

"We view this as if we could come together right now as a team through this, that whenever we get back together, that's going to be a positive. You don’t know if every team in America is going to do that. We're going to be one of the ones that are together."

Temple's season is scheduled to begin Sept. 5 in Miami.