By Harry Allison
This might be the year that Temple football coach Matt Rhule has been waiting for.
Not to mention Owls’ fans, who are salivating about the Sept. 5 season-opener against Penn State at the sure to be sold-out Linc.
It is not easy to win at Temple, but the last two head coaches have gone on to Power Five jobs: Al Golden turned Temple’s first nine-win season since 1979 into the Miami job, while Steve Addazio went 9-4 and 4-7 before moving on to Boston College.
Now, it’s Rhule’s turn. Like Golden, Rhule is a former Penn State player, and Golden hired him for his Temple staff in 2006. He has experience coaching both sides of the ball, but he was Temple’s offensive coordinator from 2008-11 before a one-year leave to be an offensive line coach for the New York Giants.
He returned to replace Addazio, with a disastrous 2-10 season followed by a 6-6 record last year. This year, he has nearly every starter returning for a team that ranked fourth in points allowed last year.