PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Before the past two seasons, Temple’s best win total over a two-year period was 17.
This weekend, Matt Rhule and his Temple Owls face Navy in the AAC Title Game, looking for their second consecutive 10-win season.
Naturally, the 41-year-old coach and former Penn State linebacker from State College, PA, is becoming a hot commodity around college football as big program jobs continue to open up.
“No one is beating down my door right now and I don’t anticipate that,” Rhule said on Thursday’s 94WIP Midday Show with Joe Decamara and Jon Ritchie. “I’m kind of a city guy, a Philly guy, been at Temple for 10 years. I don’t make promises, I don’t pretend to know what’s gonna happen, but I got no one calling me. I got no one saying, ‘Hey we want to talk to you after the year.’
Listen: Matt Rhule on the 94WIP Midday Show
“I’m just the coach of Temple and I’m just the coach of this championship game and then the bowl game. So, things might happen. Someone might call me, but as of right now no one has and I’m pretty locked into what I’m doing.”
As far as Navy is concerned, the 9-2, 7-1 Midshipmen are second in the FBS averaging 342 rushing yards per game with their triple-option attack.
“It will be a tremendous challenge, a different type of week in that we’re defending the triple option,” said Rhule. “We have to go on the road to their place and try to stop a rushing attack that accounted for 75 points last week, 66 points the week before. You know what, we’re gonna have fun with it. We’re gonna go play. We’re gonna go play our style of football and see what happens.
“[Defending the triple-option] can be different. It takes a lot of guys really locking in and focusing during the week, to make sure that we play as well as we could play. We’re just going to try to make it about football. We want our kids to go play, play fast, play free, and be as physical as we can.”