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Temple coaching search underway, AD Bradshaw says 20 coaches contacted him

Temple's search for a new head coach in the wake of Steve Addazio's departure has already started, as athletic director Bill Bradshaw says his school has heard from up to 20 candidates in connection with the position.

Rob Carr

Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw says that the school's coaching search won't be a difficult one, saying that as many as 20 potential coaches have already gotten in touch with the school in the hours since Steve Addazio announced his resignation to coach at Boston College.

Bradshaw insisted to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer that his school is a hot coaching destination, even after Addazio left Philadelphia for an ACC job in Boston. He says that he's heard from a wide variety of candidates:

"There were 16 to 20 candidates or representatives of those candidates that left a message to me already from current head coaches in Division I to offensive, defensive coordinators in the NFL," Bradshaw said. "So I have every assurance and confidence that this will be a meaningful search for Temple and the university, and a great opportunity for someone to come to Temple."

The team Addazio leaves behind went 4-7 in his second year with the Owls after winning eight or more games in three straight games. It seemed Addazio's squad had a bit of trouble adjusting to the Big East, going 2-5 in conference play after several successful seasons in the MAC.

The first name to pop up in connection to the job is Matt Rhule, the New York Giants' assistant offensive line coach. Rhule had been the offensive coordinator at Temple under Golden.