In earning their first-ever home victory over a ranked team, Temple heard from an eclectic group of motivators before and after the game.
This included a visit from former legendary basketball coach John Chaney, who stopped by late in the week to drop a few nuggets on the Owls, who Saturday defeated No. 21 East Carolina 20-10. It also included a visit from rapper Young Jeezy both before and after the upset.
"Coach Chaney came in and talked to us, he told us how to win at Temple and he said you had to be tough, T-U-F-F John Chaney tough, you know," Rhule explained.
Jeezy visited the team on Friday, delivered a pep talk to the Owls and also picked up a Temple jersey. And after they pulled off the upset, Jeezy again paid a visit to the locker room.
"You know, it's like anything else, I think it's my job to try to find different people and ways to relate to our players," Rhule said, adding that he listens to country, gospel and a little bit of Grateful Dead.
The rapper did deliver a very appropriate message to the team, and it resonated with Rhule.
He told the Owls that there are two imposters in life – success and failure. He also told them they had to fight through adversity, things that Rhule has been telling them since he was hired to coach the team.
"I think I say that every day to our team. He said it and they were like, 'that's good stuff right there.' But I thought it was very selfless of him to come out and talk to our team. I was very appreciative," Rhule said.