The sign over the locker room when Al Golden took the head coaching job at Temple summed up the journey facing the worst program in college football back in 2006. Golden hung a quote from British explorer Ernest Shackleton that will never be mistaken for a warm-and-fuzzy recruiting pitch:

“Men wanted for a hazardous journey, small wage, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success.”

To those who endured the dark seasons, that vision stayed the same. “The one thing that I can promise you and vividly remember,” said former Temple quarterback Adam DiMichele, who is an analyst there. “The way they coached and had us prepared and pushed us, that never wavered.”

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