We have learned that Temple has tabbed Matt Rhule as its next head coach. Rhule replaces Steve Adazzio who left for a similar position at Boston College.
Rhule returns to Temple after spending one season as the New York Giants’ assistant offensive line coach. He spent the previous six years as an Owls assistant, occupying various spots on the staff – defensive line (2006), quarterbacks (2007-10), tight ends (2011). Rhule was elevated to Temple’s offensive coordinator in 2008.
It is believed Rhule will split time between Temple and his duties with the Giants through the end of the team’s season. Given that we are entering a recruiting dead period, seems like the right thing to do.
Rhule played linebacker at Penn State from 1994-97 and, apart from this year with the Giants, has spent his entire coaching career in the college ranks. He started his career as the linebackers coach at Albright (Pa.) before working as a graduate assistant at Buffalo and UCLA. Rhule then spent four years on the staff at Western Carolina, coaching special teams, linebackers and the offensive line.
Though the Owls went just 4-7 in 2012, Rhule returns to a program on the upswing after spending decades in the doldrums of college football. In 2009, he aided the Owls to a 9-4 record, a MAC East title and the program’s first bowl game since 1979. Temple then posted an 8-4 mark in 2010 and a 9-4 record in 2011, capped by the second bowl victory in program history.