For students, alumni, and Temple fans everywhere, Matt Rhule is considered to be a significant part of the Temple community. His coaching led the Temple football program to become a brut force and fierce competitor against other ranked teams during his duration as coach at Temple University. The Carolina Panthers announced that they agreed to a 7-year, $60M contract with Rhule to become the new head coach of the team, and the Temple community couldn’t be more proud.
Before Baylor (whom Rhule left to sign with the Panthers), Matt Rhule spent 10 whole years in the City of Brotherly Love coaching at Temple. His career at Temple started all the way back in 2006 when he was hired as a defensive line coach. Switching to quarterbacks coach in 2007, then offensive coordinator in 2008, Rhule spent a few years with the football program before being named head coach in December 2012. Throughout his career as head coach at Temple, Rhule has made strides and created an incredible program, a program that was able to defeat Penn State (27-10) in 2015, making it the Owls’ first win over the Nittany Lions since 1941. In his third year as head coach, the Owls went 10-2 in the regular season, won the American’s East Division, and participated in the conference championship game. In the following season, the Owls won their first conference championship game since 1967.
They say, all good things come to an end, and that summed up the Rhule dynasty at Temple. He went on to coach for three seasons at Baylor University before being named head coach with the Carolina Panthers. Rhule is getting praise from former Temple players, like former Owls linebacker Haason Reddick, who noted, “Coach Rhule is a great guy, a great coach. He brings out the best in his players. He’ll make you a better player and also a better man.” Additionally, Temple athletic director Dr. Patrick Kraft commented on Rhule’s greatness, saying, “He will be successful for Carolina, I really believe that with all my heart, because he’s a great leader.”
Coach Rhule, the Temple community is proud of you and wish you nothing but the best with Carolina!