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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 2, 2015 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
TEMPLE FOOTBALL coach Matt Rhule talks all the time about blocking out the noise. As his 20th-ranked Owls (10-2) - who already have tied a program record for wins in a season that's stood for 36 years - prepare to play at No. 18 Houston (11-1) on Saturday afternoon for the American Conference title and probably a spot in a New Year's bowl game, the only outside distraction might be his status. Missouri, which won the SEC East in 2013 and '14 but went 1-7 in the conference this season, reportedly met with Rhule on Sunday to talk about its job opening.
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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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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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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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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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August 18, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
When reporters got to view the end of Temple's morning football practice on Tuesday, a big part of the team was missing: the first-team offense. Coach Matt Rhule had kicked the entire offensive first unit out of practice and did not mince any words afterward. "The first-team offense didn't want to be coached today," Rhule said. "They were using their feelings, emotions, on the football field instead of listening to what the coaches were saying. I threw them off the field and told them to go home for the day. " Rhule says he often throws people out of practice, but an entire unit?
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August 11, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Temple's Adonis Jennings conceded that he expected more of himself last season, and he plans to remedy the situation this year. A junior wide receiver, Jennings spent his freshman year at Pittsburgh and transferred last year to Temple. He received an NCAA exemption that meant he didn't have to sit out the season in accordance with transfer laws. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Jennings has good size and speed, but he was never able to hit his stride a year ago. Even though Jennings appeared in all 14 games, making three starts, he had just 14 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
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August 8, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
As Temple held its first football practice Saturday in preparation for the Sept. 2 opener against Army at Lincoln Financial Field, the theme was clear: All that was accomplished last year has to be put in the rearview mirror. Coming off a 10-4 season that tied a school record for wins, an East Division championship in the American Athletic Conference, a berth the Boca Raton Bowl, the first win since 1941 over Penn State, and a valiant effort in a nationally televised, 24-20 loss to Notre Dame, Temple enjoyed a season of accomplishment.
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August 3, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
NEWPORT, R.I. - It is not a surprising decision, but it is one that will have a big impact on Temple's defense. In the spring, Temple football coach Matt Rhule suggested that junior Sean Chandler could be moving from cornerback to safety. On Monday, Rhule confirmed that Chandler, a standout at Camden High, is indeed moving to safety. The reason for the move is so Chandler's ball hawking skills can be displayed over the entire field instead of just one area while playing cornerback.
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May 25, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Staff Writer
IT'S 4:45 ON a recent weekday and there's a light drizzle coming down on the Taney Youth Baseball Association fields at FDR Park in South Philly, across Broad Street from the sports complex, where the Phillies are supposed to play Miami in a little more than two hours. It's been raining on and off for most of the afternoon. The forecast is calling for the precipitation to stop, well, soon. One of the in-house teams in the league for 11- and 12-year-olds, the Wizards, has just arrived in several carloads.
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May 11, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Satellite football camps that are held off-campus are proliferating and Temple has joined forces with Rutgers and Ohio State in a one-day affair. The three schools will be part of the Tri-State Showcase on June 8 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J. Temple coach Matt Rhule, Rutgers coach Chris Ash, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will attend with members of their staffs. Rhule was not available for comment. The camp is for players entering ninth through 12th grades this fall.
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April 18, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Spring is a time for experimentation, and Temple has done that with one of its best football players. Sean Chandler, a starter his first two seasons at cornerback, has been playing safety this spring. Whether it carries into the fall remains to be seen. "One of our goals is to always get the best 11 on the field, and we know he can play both" positions, coach Matt Rhule said Saturday after Temple's Cherry and White Game, in which the Cherry (the offense) earned a 35-25 win. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Chandler, a product of Camden High, has been working out at safety since spring practice began, and the position seems to suit him, because he is among the team's most intelligent players.
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April 17, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Even though several returning players established themselves last year, when Temple's football team tied a single-season school record for wins during a 10-4 campaign, coach Matt Rhule insists that at this point, very few jobs are secure. That's why the Cherry and White Game at 1 p.m. Saturday is important to so many aspiring starters or others looking to earn a key reserve role. The game will be played at Temple's practice facility, Chodoff Field at Edberg Olson Hall. Rhule concedes that P.J. Walker, entering his fourth season as the Owls' starting quarterback, will be taking the snaps again from center this season.
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March 24, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
One of the feel-good stories last season for Temple's football team was Nick Sharga, who transferred from Division II West Virginia Wesleyan. After redshirting in 2014, he ended up being so valuable that he played on both sides of the ball for last season's 10-4 team. Sharga appeared in all 14 games, with four starts. He played at linebacker and fullback. Sharga recorded 15 tackles. On offense the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Sharga had one main job: clear the path for Temple tailbacks. This spring, coach Matt Rhule has decided to leave Sharga on offense but says he could see time on defense during the fall.
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March 23, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, Columnist
Temple offensive lineman Shahbaz Ahmed hopes to sign a professional football contract. A graduate of Paul VI High School, Ahmed can only hope to have as much success signing a football contract as he did with the one he inked with his mother, Tonya. Before entering Temple, Ahmed, who was a two-year starter playing both guard and tackle, signed a pact with his mom that he would earn his degree. There was no timetable for when it would be earned, but Ahmed didn't waste any time. He graduated in December, in 31/2 years, with a degree in political science and a minor in English.
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