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Sources: Greg Schiano, Butch Jones, Alabama’s Josh Gattis interested in Temple football head coach job

Greg Schiano, Alabama co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis, and former Tennessee coach Butch Jones have expressed interest in the Owls job.

Greg Schiano has been Ohio State's defensive coordinator and associate head coach since 2016.. ... Read moreMel Evans . / AP
by Marc Narducci
Updated 
Dec. 9, 2018

As expected, Temple is remaining tight-lipped about its search to replace head football coach Geoff Collins, who was hired on Friday for the same position at Georgia Tech.

A non-Temple source familiar with the situation said that Ohio State associate head coach/defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and Alabama co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis have expressed interest in the Owls job.

Schiano is the former head coach of Rutgers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is completing his third season at Ohio State.

A second source also said that Schiano has expressed interest, but he wasn’t aware of Gattis interest. Another name the second source said who has shown interest is former Cincinnati and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, currently an analyst at Alabama.

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Gattis is in his first season at Alabama. Before coming to the Crimson Tide, he spent six seasons coaching as an assistant under James Franklin, the first two years at Vanderbilt and the next four at Penn State.

It is not known if Schiano, Gattis or Jones has applied for the job at this point.

Owls interim coach Ed Foley said on Friday that he will be interviewing for the job. It’s also known according to several sources that former Temple assistant and Baylor assistant Francis Brown, is a candidate.

Temple figures to move relative quickly on the hiring since the early signing period for high school recruits is Dec. 19-21.

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Published 
Dec. 9, 2018
I’m a South Jersey Sports Hall of Fame writer who has covered sports on every level at The Inquirer since 1983.
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