Temple strikes deal to hire Florida’s Collins
PHILADELPHIA | Temple turned to the Minister of Mayhem to keep its football renaissance alive.
The Owls hired Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins on Tuesday, plucking one of the SEC’s top defensive minds to become their fourth coach in the last eight seasons.
Collins will replace Matt Rhule, who left the Philadelphia-based school last week for Baylor after leading the 23rd-ranked Owls to consecutive double-digit victory seasons and the American Athletic Conference championship this year.
Rhule was at Temple for four seasons and brought the program to new heights, including consecutive bowl bids for the first time in school history.
Collins, 45, has been with the Gators for two seasons and before that was defensive coordinator at Mississippi State. The Gators defense has ranked in the top-10 in the country in each of Collins’ two seasons in Gainesville.