Temple running back Iverson Clement was primed for a breakout season after transferring to Philadelphia from the SEC. Clement, the former Florida Gators’ running back, was projected to have a breakout year.
However, as the season began, Clement was nowhere to be found around the program. The uncertainty was odd and no one in the media had an explanation for where he was.
Now, Clement has broken his silence.
Clement, a redshirt junior with three seasons of college eligibility remaining, said that he was indefinitely suspended from the program for yelling at a strength and conditioning coach. He claims that he was provoked on many occasions and ended up becoming a target.
Currently, Clement is in the transfer portal.
Temple has seen a lot of talent leave after the hiring of Coach Rod Carey
When head coach Rod Carey was hired, formerly of Northern Illinois, it was lauded as a class hire. Carey had seen moderate success at Northern Illinois, winning the MAC Conference title in 2013, 2014, and 2018. However, most analysts seemed to overlook the fact that the winning program that he took over in 2013, fresh off of two ten-plus win seasons, had dropped off from its conference dominating level. In fact, his 2018 title helped the Huskies accomplish a measly 8-6 record that season.
Carey wasn’t the initial hire that the program made, either. In January 2019, Temple had announced its agreement with Manny Diaz, who was the defensive coordinator at Miami (Florida). However, he backed out of the deal when the Miami job unexpectedly opened with the sudden retirement of Mark Richt.
Since then, Carey has run much of the top talent off of the team. The two starting quarterbacks in 2019, Anthony Russo and Todd Centeio, both ended up transferring to other schools. The four-star talent that transferred in from Iowa State, Re-al Mitchell, also entered the transfer portal this season. Other players, like Arnold Ekibetie, left the program and blossomed elsewhere. Jaden Blue, the team-leading receiver over the last couple of years, entered the portal last week.
The signs point to something that is clearly going wrong. Is it the coaching staff?
A transcript of Iverson Clement’s explanation
This man, Coach Rod Carey at Temple University, kick/released me off the Football team after I yelled at his best friend/”strength coach” in the weight a week before training camp. He told me it was a suspension and I would return after they come back from camp. I sign a paper that he made saying these were the steps for me to get back… if not complete I wouldn’t return. All steps were completed but he personal didn’t want to allow me back. And told me to my face it was a personal issue and thought things could have gone left. In which it wouldn’t have because I’ve never put my hands on a coach, or yelled at one. My 3 [years] at Florida I’ve never yelled at Greg Knox or Coach Mullen or Savage; that is not the type of man I am. I go into your office and like I have at Temple and tell you what’s up. I reported multiple incidents and situations between me and the strength coach and all was disregarded and told to keep my head up and stay focused and grounded. As if they already knew what was up… and that I was being targeted. I was instructed and directed by the staff members or whoever was allowed to be involved in this process of getting “mental help” for my return. Throughout the entire suspension I contacted Coach Carey apologizing and asking to apologize to the team and that I knew I was a leader and shouldn’t have yelled at coach regardless of what was going on. What exactly was going between me and him? The strength has been provoking me since I’ve gotten to school (I have proof). There’s a difference between coaching and getting [the] greatest out of someone. Then there’s coaches who are blunt arrogant and don’t like you just for whatever reason but he gets backed up by the head coach so his actions aren’t wrong. We, the players at Temple, are being put in weird position because Rod Carey is now kicking/releasing players off the team for no reason or because he doesn’t “like your attitude.” Obviously you wouldn’t like/understand a whole bunch young, diverse inner-city kids. He and the strength staff has never gotten the chance to talk to me personal, they only have judge me. I was looking forward to playing this season and having my family come to my games but he released me 3 weeks into the season as I was told I was on track to return.Iverson Clement