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February 7, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Temple fresh off a 4-7 record and facing the uncertainty of the Big East Conference's future, fans wondered whether the Owls, under new football coach Matt Rhule, could bounce back in 2013. After Wednesday's national signing day, it seems as if Temple could be a team on the rise and return to the level of the teams that went to bowl games in 2009 and 2011. Temple signed 23 players to national letters of intent on Wednesday, and seven were midyear enrollees. "This is really a critical class for us," Rhule said Wednesday.
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July 31, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Rhule, the alpha dog of Temple's Division I football program, is full of kindness, meekness and simplicity. So much so that he keeps his car parked and takes the bus or subway to work. "I walk over to 11th [and Chestnut Streets] and take the No. 23 bus up," said Rhule, who has a temporary Center City residence before moving to Rittenhouse Square next week. "I take the subway a lot when I go down to" Center City on the ride home. But why would someone of his stature take SEPTA to and from Temple's football complex, Edberg-Olson Hall, at 11th and Diamond?
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December 14, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Miami defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio and New York Giants assistant Matt Rhule are the finalists for Temple's head coaching job, several sources have confirmed. Rhule was scheduled to interview Thursday night with incoming Temple president Neal D. Theobald, according to a report on Owlscoop.com. D'Onofrio will meet with Theobald on Friday. The Owls are seeking a replacement for Steve Addazio, who left Dec. 4 for Boston College. D'Onofrio and Rhule coached together at Temple from 2006 to '10 under former Owls coach Al Golden.
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December 18, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a move that is sure to please both the team and the new coach, Matt Rhule will be introduced Monday as Temple football's head man. The New York Giants assistant offensive-line coach never made it a secret that Temple was his dream job. Former and current Owls never made it a secret that Rhule, a former Temple assistant, was the guy they wanted to lead the program. The news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Fox-Gittis Room at the Liacouras Center and will be streamed live on www.OwlSports.com . Rhule did not speak to reporters after the Giants' loss in Atlanta on Sunday.
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December 9, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York Giants assistant coach Matt Rhule interviewed Saturday for Temple's head coaching position, according to multiple sources. The Owls are seeking a replacement for Steve Addazio, who left Tuesday to take the coaching job at Boston College. Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw would not confirm or deny that he interviewed Rhule before the Owls basketball game with Duke. "A lot of the candidates we talked to and who we will talk to have asked us not to" comment, Bradshaw said.
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October 28, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THE MOMENT. It's something Temple coach Matt Rhule has talked about all season. The moment wasn't too much for his Owls in the opener against Penn State, even though they hadn't won that game in 74 years. Neither was it too much for them the following week at Cincinnati, the American Athletic Conference preseason favorite. Ditto last Thursday night at East Carolina, where they were also an underdog despite being unbeaten and ranked for the first time since 1979. So what's next, as has become their motto?
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December 19, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw is learning that Matt Rhule is a pretty popular coach. "It was impressive to see - not just current players, former players - but on campus, people from housing, people from admissions, people in [academic] departments who were pulling for him," said Bradshaw, who introduced Rhule Monday as the Owls' new coach. "I would walk around and kind of half-kiddingly say, 'Who should we hire?' . . . I can't tell you how many times Matt's name came up. " As an Owls assistant in 2010, Rhule interviewed for the job when Al Golden left for Miami.
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December 16, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the annals of New York Giants football, Matt Rhule's time in the Big Apple will be but a blip. A mere nine months after taking over as assistant offensive line coach, Rhule is returning home. The former Temple assistant signed a contract Saturday to become the Owls' new head coach, according to a university source. Temple will formally introduce the 37-year-old as its coach at a news conference at 2 p.m. Monday. He replaces Steve Addazio, who left Dec. 4 for Boston College.
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December 1, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Temple beat Memphis on Nov. 21, I ran into a plugged-in and sharp Temple alum who immediately said, "Get that man a raise and a country club membership. " He wasn't talking about Temple head coach Matt Rhule. He meant Owls defensive coordinator Phil Snow, whose unit had taken over yet another game. The point is that Temple's success - a 10-2 season, a trip to Saturday's American Athletic Conference title game at Houston, national pub like it has never gotten before - comes with a price tag. It was already a given to this alum that schools would be coming after Rhule and that Temple would have to pony up to keep him. A source told The Inquirer's Marc Narducci that Rhule spoke with a representative from Missouri on Sunday.
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November 25, 2015 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
WHEN THEN-athletic director Bill Bradshaw introduced Al Golden as Temple's next football coach a decade ago to take over a program that had become a punch line, he made a point that proved prophetic. "If another school is looking to hire him away from us at some point," Bradshaw noted, "then we hired the right guy. " And after five seasons of changing the culture while transitioning into a new conference (Mid-American) and making the Owls relevant for the first time since Paul Palmer, Golden did indeed go to Miami in 2009.
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September 23, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Temple defensive end Haason Reddick spent considerable time in the Penn State backfield on Saturday. And when he wasn't there, the former high school running back at Haddon Heights was running sideline to sideline chasing down ball carriers. Reddick's effort wasn't enough to avoid a 34-27 loss to the host Nittany Lions on Saturday, but it was another in a continuing series of stellar performances from this former walk-on. "Haason Reddick was as good as we've had him play, really ever," Temple coach Matt Rhule said earlier this week.
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September 21, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
After reviewing the film of Saturday's 34-27 loss at Penn State, Temple coach Matt Rhule saw mixed results from his veteran players. Rhule liked the way the passing game got into a rhythm, with Phillip Walker throwing for a season-high 286 yards and nine players catching at least one pass. "Our quarterback and wide receivers played as well as they have played," Rhule said Monday during an American Athletic Conference call with coaches. Rhule didn't need to watch the film to realize how subpar the special teams were, especially early in the game.
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September 17, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Matt Rhule can do without the nostalgia. The fourth-year Temple football coach is doing his best this week not to look back, although at times it can be a futile exercise. Rhule's mantra - and that of his fellow coaches - is to look only ahead, to the next opponent. It just so happens that the opponent was part of arguably the most significant win in school history to begin last season. When Rhule's Owls visit Penn State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, Temple will have its hands full combating an explosive no-huddle Penn State offense that played well in a 42-39 loss at Pitt last week.
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September 16, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
James Franklin has been in charge for 67 college football games as head coach at two schools, Vanderbilt and Penn State. Saturday will offer Franklin something new: a must win. If it sounds silly to call any one game such a thing, think about it. Can Franklin, in his third season in charge of the Nittany Lions, lose for the second straight year to Temple? Whatever Franklin's definition of "Dominate the State," can he go 0-3 over two seasons to Temple and Pitt? Forget the names on the other jerseys.
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September 15, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The consensus on the Temple football team is that the 1-1 Owls aren't anywhere near where they need to be if they hope to approach the success they had last season. One person in particular who believes he needs to step up is quarterback Phillip Walker. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior has even more responsibility than a year ago, when strong senior leadership and production from the upperclassmen resulted in a 10-4 finish. This year's team is still feeling its way, looking for leaders and big-play performers to emerge.
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September 14, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Temple coach Matt Rhule says he doesn't know about the availability of all-American Athletic Conference running back Jahad Thomas for Saturday's game at Penn State. Thomas has missed the first two games with a dislocated thumb. "We are not sure," Rhule said Monday during a conference call with AAC coaches. "We will see if he is able to practice [Tuesday]. " A senior, Thomas rushed for 1,262 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. During last year's opening 27-10 win over Penn State, Thomas rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.
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September 14, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
The road leads back to this place, this town, this stadium, those memories. Matt Rhule, coaching Temple Saturday at Penn State, will tell you how as a 5-year-old he wanted to go to Penn State to play football. Rhule was conditioned for it, born in State College. His father had grown up there. Rhule visited his grandparents there while living most of his childhood in New York City. At the end of a conversation focusing on his New York years, Rhule was asked if there was a story about walking on at Penn State.
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September 11, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
After losing its opener 28-13 to Army, the thought of Temple taking a Football Championship Subdivision team lightly this week is preposterous to head coach Matt Rhule. That team is Stony Brook, which visits Lincoln Financial Field Saturday at 1 p.m. and is coming off a 13-9 win over last week's No. 19 FCS team North Dakota. The Seawolves, who compete in the same Colonial Athletic Association as Villanova, traditionally have benefitted from Football Bowl Subdivision transfers. This year's roster includes eight former FBS athletes.
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September 10, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Not many units graded well during Temple's season-opening 28-13 loss to Army, and that includes the offensive line. It's an area that will need to be vastly improved when the Owls host Stony Brook (1-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. "It wasn't all five of them, but we kind of struggled at guard and center and we were OK outside at tackle," Temple coach Matt Rhule said. Quarterback Phillip Walker was sacked four times, after being sacked just 18 times in 14 games last year.
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September 9, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Temple linebacker Avery Williams still keeps in contact with last year's acknowledged team leader, Tyler Matakevich, now a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Just over the weekend, Williams said, he congratulated Matakevich on earning a spot on the Steelers' 53-man roster. Matakevich set a Temple record with 493 tackles, and now Williams is being compared to the former all-American, especially in the leadership department. When asked if he believes he has to be a Matakevich-type player, which means making virtually every tackle, Williams replied, "There is no such thing as [being a]
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