Temple defensive coordinator Chuck Heater interviewed Friday for the Owls' head coaching position, according to a website report.
A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed the report by OwlScoop.com. The Owls are seeking a replacement for Steve Addazio, who left Tuesday to take the coaching job at Boston College.
However, there are reports that Heater could join former Owls offensive coordinator Ryan Day on Addazio's staff at BC. Day was named the Eagles' offensive coordinator on Wednesday.
Heater turned down a request for comment. Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw could not be reached.
A former Michigan running back, Heater followed Addazio to Temple from Florida, where they were assistant coaches. In addition to being Temple's defensive coordinator, Heater was the defensive backs coach. He has 37 years of college coaching experience.
Matt Rhule, a first-year New York Giants assistant coach, is another candidate with recent ties to Temple's program. He spent six seasons as an Owls assistant before joining the Giants' staff in March.
Among other candidates are San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre, Bowling Green coach Dave Clawson, Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton, and Duke offensive line coach John Latina.
Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, a former Temple standout, said he has not thought about the job. Former Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley is not likely to be a candidate.
MacIntyre, who served as Temple's defensive coordinator in 1997 and 1998, reportedly interviewed for the South Florida job on Thursday. He was also a candidate for the California job.
Like MacIntyre, Clawson, Drayton, and Latina are familiar with Temple. Latina was an Owls assistant in the 1980s under Bruce Arians. Clawson and Drayton are former Villanova assistants.
Committed to the Owls. All 12 high school seniors in Temple's 2013 recruiting class plan to honor their commitments despite Addazio's departure, one of the recruits said.
"We are all staying," defensive tackle Tyler Haddock of McKees Rock, Pa., said Friday morning. "I committed to Temple, not Addazio."
Haddock, several other members of Temple's 2013 recruiting class, and Albany University punter Paul Layton are on official visits at North Broad Street this weekend.
Two recruits - Williamstown linebacker Buddy Brown and Elizabeth (N.J.) quarterback P.J. Walker - will not attend because they are taking part in NJSIAA playoff games.
Even without a head coach in place, there's a chance Layton, who has one season of eligibility left, will commit to the Owls this weekend.
He will receive a business administration degree from Albany, a Football Championship Subdivision school, next weekend. Layton wants to transfer to a Football Bowl Subdivision team to enhance his NFL prospects.
He will be granted immediate eligibility since he'll be a graduate student. Temple has offered him a scholarship.
"I'm not committed right now," Layton said, "but hopefully after the weekend."