According to multiple sources, the Temple Owls have decided on Matt Rhule as their new head football coach. Rhule is the current assistant offensive line coach for the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
Rhule is in line to take over the job after Steve Addazio left the position to fill the same spot with the Boston College Eagles.
Over at CSNPhilly.com, Nick Menta does a very nice job of breaking down the new hire and exactly what his qualifications are for the job. Per Menta:
Rhule, 37, a State College, Pa., native and former Penn State linebacker, spent six years with the Owls from 2006-11 as Temple's tight end coach, assistant offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. He originally came to Temple with then-head coach Al Golden.
Rhule has an opportunity to take over a program that just rejoined one of the more well-known conferences in the Big East. However, with all the turmoil the conference is going through, it could be a wild ride for Rhule and his program in the short term.
The process of finding Rhule was a long one, as Temple went through many qualified candidates, including Todd Bowles of the Philadelphia Eagles and Bob Diaco, the defensive coordinator of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.