ANOTHER NAME has popped up as a possibility in Temple's search for a new football coach. And it might be a familiar one for those who go back a while with the program.
Several sources said that San Jose's State head coach Mike MacIntyre is somebody Temple is interested in, perhaps even targeting. He was the Owls' defensive coordinator in 1997, Ron Dickerson's last season, and 1998, Bobby Wallace's first.
The SAn Jose Mercury-News reported that McIntyre already interviewed last week for the vacancy at California. He said Tuesday that he has received contact about "openings," but added that he's not "hunting for a job."
The Temple gig became available when Steve Addazio left for Boston College on Tuesday after just two seasons.
One source indicated that MacIntyre interviewed at Temple 7 years ago when Al Golden was hired.
A San Jose source said one factor that might keep MacIntyre from leaving is his son Jay, who just helped his high school team win a title as a junior. So the feeling is MacIntrye might not want to uproot his family at this time. The same person said MacIntrye has a contract that runs through 2017, although details like that haven't stopped people from moving before.
MacIntyre, 47, played at Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech. He was an assistant with six programs besides Temple, most recently as the d-coordinator at Duke in 2008 and '09. San Jose is his first head coaching job. He inherited a 2-10 team 3 years ago. This season the Spartans won 10 games for the first time since the late 1980s, and are playing in a bowl game for only the second time in 22 years.
He also was a defensive-backs coach in the NFL from 2003-07 with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.
The last time Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw had to find a football coach, he did it in 8 days. For any number of reasons, this process doesn't figure to take very long either. Much of that obviously has to do with the timing. Temple has received 17 of a potential 25 verbal commitments for the recruiting class of 2013. So you want to do everything you can to keep that group as intact as possible. Regardless, the new coach may have his own ideas on what he wants, and probably will have to do a bunch of re-recruiting anyway. When this happened 2 years ago, Addazio credited holdover recruiting coordinator Matt Rhule for the job he did in keeping that group together. Of course, there's always the chance you will lose some prospects in the transition, just because. And a lot can also have to do with who the next guy is.
This is, by the way, supposed to be a big recruiting weekend on North Broad Street.
Tyree Foreman, who has been on the staff for six seasons, became the recruiting coordinator after last February's signing day when Rhule left to become an offensive line assistant with the New York Giants. Interestingly, Rhule is a name that more than a few Temple people feel would make a ton of sense to replace Addazio. One person said that former offensive coordinator Scot Loefler, who went to Auburn last offseason, has even spoken up in support of Rhule. And Rhule seems to be a guy who'd be looking to be here for a while, always a desirable attribute.
Addazio is taking offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who came here from Boston College last offseason, with him. Others could follow, reportedly defensive coordinator Chuck Heater and quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers.
Another factor in this process is the fact that Temple has an interim president in Dick Englert. The new president, Dr. Neil Theobald, won't arrive until early January. Sources familiar with the situation believe the choice will be made much as it was 2 years ago. Athletic director Bill Bradshaw is expected to work with some senior staff and Board of Trustee members in arriving at a decision. The school could always reach out and consult with some so-called experts. But the biggest thing Temple has going for it now is being in the Big East, even if the conference has taken some major hits recently in terms of members leaving.
Even 2 years ago, after Golden had changed the culture, the Owls were still in the MAC. And Temple was still able to get an assistant from Florida, who beat out former longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.
The last time Temple picked someone who had been an FBS head coach elsewhere was Jerry Berndt. That was almost a quarter-century ago. Three of its last four hires had never been a college head coach at any level. And Wallace had only been one in Division II. So we'll see.