6 factors to keep in mind for the Temple coaching search

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday December 09, 2016


Temple is looking for a new coach after Matt Rhule left for Baylor.

The Owls were one of the worst Division I programs for decades, but they’ve been a winner for a better part of the last 10 years — which is why they keep looking for new coaches. As the process develops, keep track of updates on our Temple updates page.

Here are 6 factors to keep in mind for the Temple job.

1. A longtime losing program, you can win here now and move to a bigger job.

Temple’s last three head coaches turned that job into a new job at Miami (Al Golden), Boston College (Steve Addazio) and Baylor (Matt Rhule). When Golden arrived in 2006, the program was coming off an 0-11 season. Now they’ve won 10 games in two straight years.

A job that used to seem like a dead end is now a stepping-stone, and that’s a good thing. It’s appealing to candidates.

2. Ties to the Northeast could be key.

Golden came from Virginia, and played/coached at Penn State. Addazio came from Florida, but grew up, but played and coached in the Northeast. Rhule came from the New York Giants, but previously coached at Temple.

Names like Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph and Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong (a Temple alum) could be names to watch.

3. Could Temple go with an internal hire?

Philly.com reports the players have pushed for defensive coordinator Phil Snow to get the job, and Ed Foley was promoted to interim head coach. Rhule wasn’t internal, but had been a Temple assistant from 2006-11.

4. There are options with head coaching experience.

The last time Temple hired a sitting head coach was 1998 with Bobby Wallace from North Alabama. They also hired Jerry Berndt in 1989 — and he was coming off an 0-11 season at Rice.

Along with Moorhead and Charlie Strong, Old Dominion head coach Bobby Wilder reportedly could be in the mix. They could also look at the FCS ranks.

5. There are a lot of good AAC jobs open.

Houston, South Florida, Cincinnati and Temple are all open (UPDATE: Houston has been filled). You could make the case the other three are more appealing. The school has reportedly talked with Strong, but so have other schools.

UH is about to hire a coach, USF and UC could be doing so soon. Temple’s search is starting later in the process, but it may have a different list of candidates. 

6. The winter dead period begins on Dec. 12.

One reason coaching changes happen quicker and jobs are filled quicker is because of the month-long winter dead period, which started in 2013. Schools want to get a new head coach in place to reach out to the recruiting class. For Temple, it's a quick turnaround.

Temple currently has 18 commits in its 2017 class, ranked No. 77 nationally and No. 7 in the AAC.

Stay tuned to the Coaching Search Ticker for the latest news.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.