Temple Reportedly Hires Matt Rhule as New Head Football Coach

Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 16, 2012

Photo courtesy of owlsports.com
Photo courtesy of owlsports.com

Matt Rhule is reportedly returning to the Temple University football program. This time, it will be as head coach.

The news comes from College Football Talk via Twitter:

Temple to hold a 2 p.m. ET press conference Monday, will introduce Matt Rhule as its new HC.

— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) December 16, 2012

Rhule is no stranger to Philadelphia. He's currently working in New York as the Giants' assistant offensive line coach, but Rhule, who played for Penn State and was born in State College, worked as a Temple assistant from 2006 to 2011. 

He held several positions for the Owls, starting off as the defensive line coach, and then moving to the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2008. 

Rhule is just 37 years of age and has no head coaching experience, but he clearly brings a lot to the table for a Temple squad that won just four games in its first season in the Big East.

He's a terrific recruiter. According to Temple's website, the Owls' recruiting class was ranked first in the MAC three years in a row with Rhule in town. 

While he's worked on both sides of the ball, he's a superior offensive mind. From 2009 through 2011, the Owls, fueled by explosive offenses, won nine, eight and nine games, respectively. 

Temple fans will be hoping Rhule can lock down his new position, as he marks the third head coach for the Owls since 2010. After Al Golden was hired away by Miami, Steve Addazio put together one good and one bad season before leaving for Boston College earlier this month.