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Temple's Phil Snow to serve as Matt Rhule's defensive coordinator at Baylor

While it's no surprise, Temple defensive coordinator said on Saturday that he will be joining former Owls coach Matt Rhule at Baylor and serve as defensive coordinator.

"It's not official because I haven't signed a contract but I am going there," Snow said before the Owls practiced at St. John's College High School. "I will start on Jan. 2."

Previously, Temple defensive backs coach Francis Brown and linebackers coach Mike Siravo agreed to go to to Baylor.

Brown, Siravo and Snow are all coaching Temple in its Dec. 27 Military Bowl game against Wake Forest at Annapolis, Maryland.

"The players asked me to coach and I felt I had an obligation," Snow said.

Snow, who spent the last four years with Rhule at Temple, said he didn't interview for the Owls head coaching job that went to Geoff Collins.

He said he felt gratified that the players made a social media push for him to be hired, but said he never felt that he would have been seriously considered for the job.

Now he is going to take his magic to the Big 12, a place where defenses haven't excelled.

Only two Big 12 teams are among the top 50 nationally in scoring defense, No. 21 Kansas State and No. 35 West Virginia.

Temple is ranked eighth in scoring defense, allowing 17.2 points per game.

Snow, 61, will be serving as an assistant for his ninth college team. He also was an assistant with the Detroit Lions from 2005-2008.