Tem­ple strikes deal to hire Florida’s Collins

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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.

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