It’s pretty clear who the Temple players want as their next head coach. Many former and current Owls took to Twitter yesterday using #LetItSnow to lobby for defensive coordinator Phil Snow as their next head coach.
I’m ALL for Phil Snow as our HC! This guy has taught me more about the game of football than anyone I know!! #TUFB
— Tyler Matakevich (@44_Matakevich) December 8, 2016
Checked the weather forecast, expecting a lot of Snow in Phil-adelphia #LetItSnow
— Haason Reddick #7 (@Haason7Reddick) December 8, 2016
Check the stats , one of the Best defenses in the Country #LetItSnow❄️❄️❄️🏈🍒❄️
— S. Finch #⃣5️⃣6️⃣ (@S_finch56) December 8, 2016
Here’s a great roundup of the Twitter Campaign
— PhillyVoice (@thephillyvoice) December 9, 2016
So we know who the players want. Let’s take a look at a few potential candidates, starting with Snow.
He’s considered one of the better coordinators in the nation after guiding the Owls defense into one of the top units over the past few seasons. He’s also about to turn 61 and has zero head coaching experience. He clearly has some interest or likely would have already accepted a job at Baylor, as a score of other Rhule assistants have in the last few days. I’m a big fan of Snow, but the feel is they are looking in another direction. He still has a chance though, I think a lot depends on if Temple loses out on a coach that goes to South Florida. Could be a good choice to hire and groom a young assistant as his successor at some point. One thing with Snow, you would have less worry about him bouncing to another program if he has continued success.
Foley’s joined Temple’s staff in 2008, serving as recruiting coordinator and in various assistant jobs. This past season, he was the assistant head coach and also served as the tight ends coach. Foley, who will be the interim head coach for Temple’s bowl game, is a valued member of the staff and is expected to remain an important part of the university.
I would have to think that the job is Strong’s if he wants it. According to a Philly.com report, Strong has spoken with Temple about the job. Of course he’s going to speak with Temple, if not for just for leverage to use against another school. Talks are one thing, but wouldn’t you be interviewing him for the job if he had interest? Reports had him negotiating a contract with South Florida, but as of Saturday morning there is no deal. Cincinnati had targeted Strong to be their next head coach, but ESPN is reporting that the Bearcats will hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell as their next head coach. Probably because Strong wasn’t interested in the job. Money talks and if Temple came with enough of it, Strong might not be able to say no. Also keep in mind that Strong is due a $10.5 buyout from Texas and could take the year off if he doesn’t like any of the available jobs
The 1st year coordinator at Penn State has been credited with helping turn the offense around this season in Happy Valley. Prior to joining James Franklin’s staff, Moorehead led Fordham University to three straight FBS playoff appearances. Reports had Purdue interviewing Moorehead for their head coaching job, perhaps if their top candidate Jeff Brohm had turned them down. Would Moorehead take the Temple job or stay in State College with a Nittany Lions team that has all but 1 offensive starter returning?
Big name that would cost big money and probably isn’t a true candidate. Until this season when he joined Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State, Schiano’s been out of coaching since being fired by the Buccaneers in 2013. Could he be interested in being a head coach again? Yes, but probably not at Temple. Plus, if he did take the job and succeed, a bigger and better program would likely steal him away.
The New York Jets head coach is on the hot seat in North Jersey after his team has underachieved to a 3-9 record. Bowles handling of the quarterback situation might end up costing him the job, but he’s still highly regarded and would be a slam dunk hire. Timing and fit seem to be the problem here. I don’t see Temple waiting around for the end of the NFL season to see if Bowles is indeed fired. And would Bowles really want to jump into a mid-major job, albeit at his alma matter?
According to reports, the Old Dominion head coach met with Temple officials earlier this week. OD didn’t have a football team until 2007, when they hired Wilder to build the program from scratch. They began play in 2009 in the Football Championship Subdivision and in its first three years of competition, Old Dominion compiled a 26–7 record and earned a berth in the 2011 FCS playoffs. In 2013, they joined the big boys in FCS and earned their 1st bowl game in school history as they finished 9-3 playing in Conference USA. It’s not known if Wilder wants to leave a program that he literally started from nothing, but OD wouldn’t be able to compete with Temple’s larger pockets if it came down to money. He’s an intriguing under the radar candidate.
Former FIU head coach who interviewed for the job in 2012. Currently the offensive line coach at Alabama who also was an assistant to Schiano at Rutgers.
The 40-year-old Tennessee Tech head coach was Temple’s Offensive Coordinator from 2013-15, before leaving to take the Tech job. He finished with a 5-6 record in his first season. An intriguing prospect, especially because of his Temple ties, but probably a couple of years away from a job like Temple.