PHILADELPHIA – Temple University
Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw
announced today that a national search will commence immediately for the school's next football coach.
“Temple is firmly committed to finding the best possible person to continue the success it has experienced over the past two seasons and lead it to even greater heights,” Bradshaw said. “The program has never been in better shape, posting consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1978-79, with the 17 wins during that time tying the school record. Our goal is to find the right person to continue this success on the gridiron while also maintaining excellence in the classroom.
“With 14 starters, including five all-conference performers, this is a great opportunity for the right coach to keep the program on the winning track.”
Temple posted an 8-4 record in 2010, including a win over Big East champion Connecticut. It marked the first time in school history Temple had back-to-back bowl eligibility seasons. The Owls also won the 2010 Mayor's Cup, winning its first overtime game in school history. Eleven Owls earned All-MAC honors, including a school record eight first-team All-MAC honorees for the second consecutive season.
In 2009, Temple had one of the best seasons in school history. The Owls finished the season at 9-4 overall, tying for first place in the Mid-American Conference East Division with a 7-1 mark. It was the Owls' best conference finish since joining the league in 2003. TU won a single-season record nine consecutive games. Temple recorded its first winning season since 1990 and made its first bowl appearance in 30 years. The Owls played UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29 in Washington, D.C.