Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw told members of the Owls football team Wednesday that 'We will see what happens' in regards to hiring Matt Rhule as the next football coach, according to sources.
Bradshaw added that he can't promise anything and will evaluate all of the candidates. The Owls began a national coaching search to replace Steve Addazio, who resigned Tuesday for the head-coaching job at Boston College.
During the meeting at Edberg-Olson Hall, the players informed the athletic director they wanted, Rhule, the New York Giants assistant offensive line coach, to be Temple's next head football coach. He was the Owls co-offensive coordinator and tight end coach at Temple before joining the Tom Coughlin Giants NFL staff in March.
Quarterback Juice Granger, backup quarterback Chris Coyer, tight end Cody Booth and defensive tackle Levi Brown all stood up at the meeting and gave separate statements, according to sources.
Rhule, who formerly coached at Temple, interviewed for the job in 2010 when Addazio won the position vacated by Al Golden, who left for Miami. Coaching the Owls still remains Rhule's dream job. His wife, Julie, still works at the university.
"Coach Rhule is a Temple guy," said a source, who didn't want to be identified. "He understands the players. He understands the area. He's just going to be a better fit more than Addazio.
"Addazio didn't know much about Philadelphia, and his philosophy was to just run the football. And he didn't really get us anywhere."