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After the sudden departure of Matt Rhule from the Temple Owls program, there is a void for a long-term head coach. Athletic director Pat Kraft and a lot of other people at the university will have the task of finding someone to coach a team that just won an American Athletic Conference Championship.Although there are no reports that any of these names have come up in any search, it doesn’t hurt to see what is out there and imagine who would be a fit for Temple. The following four names would be coaches that could have some success in North Philadelphia.
Charlie Strong: The former Texas head coach currently does not have a team to call home. After finishing 5-7 the past two seasons, the Longhorns decided to part ways with him. However, when he was at Louisville, Strong did have some success. He also could be hired with a bit of a discount, considering Texas still owes strong at least $10 million. He is a character guy and focuses heavily on player discipline and accountability. He would fit well. The question is if would he want to come to Philadelphia or take a year off.
Jason Candle: Remember when Temple lost to Toledo last year in the Boca Raton Bowl? Jason Candle was responsible for the offense in that game. Candle is used to winning. He won a combined 7 national championships at Mount Union as a player and coach. He then went Toledo and worked his way up from an assistant to head coach. His offense this year no only had a running back run for 1355 yards, it also produced a quarterback who threw for almost 4000 yards, nine interceptions and 43 touchdowns. With receivers, such as Ryquell Armstead, Ventell Bryant, Keith Kirkwood and Adonis Jennings coming back, just imagine what that offense could do.
Bo Pelini: Does this name sound familiar? He used to be the head coach at Nebraska. Before he was fired, he had a 67-27 record and the teams he coached were bowl eligible for the seven seasons he was the head coach. His players loved him and he has a unique personality that would garner national attention. He currently is coaching at Youngstown State and has the Penguins in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.
Ed Warinner: Ohio State’s co-offensive coordinator. We have seen the success that Ohio State has had the past few years. We also saw the success that former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman had. His offensive lines are historically good and coaching under Urban Meyer must help. He has had a lot of coaching experience and is known as a good recruiter. Who knows, maybe he opens a pipeline from Ohio to Philadelphia.
Once again, there are no confirmed reports that any of these names have been contacted, let alone are interviewing for the position. But one thing is certain, the coaching carousel should make for an interesting time for Temple.