Several Temple football players, including the top 2013 recruit, on Wednesday urged the hiring of New York Giants assistant coach Matt Rhule to replace Steve Addazio.
Rhule is "definitely somebody we would stay with," said Shawn Brown, the father of Williamstown High School linebacker Buddy Brown, the headliner of Temple's 2013 recruiting class. "We kind of remember [Rhule] because we went to a camp when he was there. He was a decent guy. We definitely know who he is, so there's definitely a little familiarity with him."
The players expressed their support for Rhule, a former Temple assistant, during a closed meeting with athletic director Bill Bradshaw, who launched a national search for a coach to take over for Addazio. Addazio resigned Tuesday to take the job at Boston College after two seasons and a 13-11 record.
"Coach Rhule is a Temple guy," said a team source. "He understands the players. He understands the area. He's just going to be a better fit 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."
Freshman cornerback Tavon Young called Rhule a "good guy."
"If he comes, that would be great," Young said.
According to another team source, Bradshaw responded to the players by saying: "We will see what happens."
Bradshaw denied saying that and would not elaborate about the meeting. He did say that he has had 75 queries about the job.
Rhule, who coached at Temple for five seasons under former coach Al Golden, is a first-year assistant offensive line coach for the Giants. He was the Owls' co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach under Addazio, and interviewed for the head job in 2010 when Golden left for Miami.
Rhule has said that coaching the Owls remains his dream job, and his wife, Julie, still works at the university.
At Wednesday's 11 a.m. meeting at Edberg-Olson Hall, a third source said, quarterback Juice Granger, backup quarterback Chris Coyer, tight end Cody Booth, and defensive tackle Levi Brown all made separate statements regarding Rhule.
As for whether Addazio will try to lure Buddy Brown and other Temple recruits to Boston College, Shawn Brown said he has not been contacted by Addazio or any other schools about decommitting.
Buddy Brown, ranked as a high three-star prospect by Rivals.com, chose Temple over Rutgers and Virginia. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is regarded as the nation's 25th-best outside linebacker in the Class of 2013.
"We are not about to hit the panic button," Shawn Brown said.
Whoever coaches Temple may not be able to retain many of Addazio's assistants. According to Temple sources, offensive coordinator Ryan Day, defensive coordinator Chuck Heater, offensive line coach Justin Frye, and possibly assistant head coach/quarterback coach Kevin Rogers will join Addazio's staff at BC.
SBNation.com reported Wednesday that Day was already on the BC staff.
Despite the upheaval, life went on Wednesday at Temple.
"We still went weightlifting this morning," Young said. "We are still acting like it didn't happen. We are trying to recover from it and continue doing what we are doing and finish strong in school.
"We are just going to grind for whoever comes in."
Meanwhile in Boston, Addazio called coaching at Boston College his dream job.
"Dreams do come true," said Addazio, who replaced Frank Spaziani and was introduced at a news conference Wednesday.
"I want to be here and finish my career here," he said, waving his hands as he spoke. "This is where I want to be."