Temple hires Matt Rhule

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Temple University has hired Matt Rhule as its next head football coach.

Rhule spent six years on the Owls' staff before leaving this season to be an assistant offensive line coach with the New York Giants.

He replaces Steve Addazio, who took the head coaching job at Boston College earlier this month.

"We had a diverse and talented pool of candidates and an overwhelming amount of interest in the Temple football head coaching position, but one person distinguished himself from the rest -- Matt Rhule," said director of athletics Bill Bradshaw. "Matt is the perfect person to take the Temple football program to the next level. He is an outstanding recruiter and in his six years at Temple was responsible for bringing many of the players that helped the program win its first bowl in 32 years. He is one of the top young minds in the profession, and has a total understanding of the game. And clearly he is someone who loves Temple, and is already ingrained into the Temple community."

Rhule played at Penn State and has 14 seasons of college coaching experience.