UPDATE: According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Matt Rhule is no longer talking to Missouri about their head coaching vacancy.


Temple has dealt with this before.

Take, Al Golden and Steve Addazio, for example.

Both head coaches experienced success at Temple their first years in charge of the program, both left for greener pastures and higher profile jobs.

Now comes a Sports Illustrated report that current Temple head coach Matt Rhule could be a finalist for the vacancy at University of Missouri.

From Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated:

One candidate who intrigues Rhoades is Temple coach Matt Rhule, who has been choosy about which jobs he's involved with. Rhule is an odd geographic fit, but his success at Temple has been so strong that there is a belief his personality could fit anywhere. Missouri assistant Barry Odom will also get strong consideration as an internal candidate, as he's well thought of in Columbia. (Odom is also the favorite to replace Justin Fuente at Memphis.)

The Tigers are undergoing a transition of sorts after longtime head coach Gary Pinkel resigned this month due to health reasons. It was a tearful goodbye for the head coach as he addressed the university in a press conference earlier this month.

The fit of Rhule doesn't make much sense on the surface. Rhule lacks experience recruiting and coaching in the SEC and has no prior connection to the university.

But what Rhule doesn't lack is the ability to coach and motivate college athletes. He took a downward trending Temple program when he took over and eventually guided them to a ten win season.

Temple beat Connecticut on Saturday to clinch the American Athletic Conference East Division title, Temple will prepare to play Houston this weekend in the championship game.

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