Matt Rhule staying busy as Temple's new coach
It quickly re-traced its steps and took a giant leap forward by replacing him with former Giants assistant coach Matt Rhule, who spent 2006-11 as a member of the Owls’ coaching staff.
“(Temple) was a place where I made a home,” said Rhule, who is entering his first season as a head coach. “The opportunity to come back – along with being a head coach – I just couldn’t pass up. I’m excited to take a program and put my own stamp on it.”
Rhule, who was hired on December 17, finished out the Giants’ regular season (which ended Dec. 30) all while preparing a coaching staff and attempting to maintain a solid recruiting class.
He’s been pretty busy, to say the least. But he wouldn’t change a thing.
“(My first few weeks have) gone really well,” said Rhule. “I think I did a good job building relationships with high school coaches while I was here (from ’06-11). I’ve instantly had recognition with people and they know what I’m about – that’s how I’ve gained some footing with some kids.”
Although Rhule has been able to hold together much of Temple’s recruiting class left from Addazio, he’s still on the hunt for difference-makers and has some pretty big holes to fill.
The Owls won just four games in 2012, and that’s something he’d like to try and avoid for a very long time.
“This is a 4-7 team,” said Rhule. “Everything we’re doing right now is to make sure that’s the last 4-7 team we have for awhile.”
With the mad recruiting scramble and first offseason workouts beginning, it’s too early to tell how Temple will look this fall – or even in the team’s spring game on April 20.
However, Rhule’s long-term goals are quite simple: he wants to give the program something it’s never had.
“I want to build a championship caliber program,” said Rhule. “We have a brand new, gorgeous state-of-the-art facility and there’s not a trophy in there. I want to put a trophy in this place.
“You play in a league to win the league,” he continued. “And that’s what I want for not just our players, but the entire Temple family. We have to make it happen.”
Temple, which has had a football program since 1894, has never won a national championship or conference title (it took the Middle Atlantic Conference as a member of Division III).
It will look to change that in the oncoming years as the Big East Conference’s landscape continues to transform.
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