Now that Matt Rhule has finally found the secret formula to winning football at Temple (defense, special teams, running the ball, passing off play action), it’s a good thing, not a bad one that he’s in it for the long haul.Fans of Group of Five teams have to go through this endless speculation every season, much of it warranted, that they are going to lose their successful head coaches, no matter how committed the head coach sounds.
That said, I had my doubts that Rhule was going “I don’t make promises I can’t keep — I’m not one of those guys,” Rhule said. He also said, “who knows what the future holds?” and “no one’s called me about anything.”
Juxtapose those quotes around one made by university president Neil D. Theobald last week on Philly.com: “We have a dynamic young coach [Matt Rhule] who wants to stay at Temple and build a national program.”
Sounds like someone is not listening to what the other person is saying, but what happened in the last few days seems to suggest that Rhule will stay.
One, the Owls’ 44-23 loss to South Florida doesn’t make Rhule the hot commodity he was four days ago and, two, Houston Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien appears to have thrown his hat into the ring at Maryland, one of the few places that would make sense for Rhule. One of Rhule’s best friends is Temple AD Pat Kraft, so it’s hard to see him leaving that relationship for Rutgers and Julie Hermann, whose support for football is tacit at best. In the AAC alone, Willie Taggart—who got the job done as head coach in two places—is now ahead of him, as are Tom Herman (Houston) and Justin Fuente.
That’s just in this league and you have to think guys like Dino Babers (Bowling Green), Matt Campbell (Toledo) and P.J. Fleck (Western Michigan) are ahead in the pecking order.
Right now, Rhule is here to say and that’s a good thing, not a bad one.