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Matt Rhule Signs 2-Year Extension With Temple

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Temple head coach Matt Rhule has signed a two-year contract extension that will include a raise and a commitment to facilities from the school, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel.

Rhule, who is 40 years old, has compiled an 18-19 (12-12 American) record in three years since taking over in 2013. The Owls were considered one of the worst teams in the FBS during his first season (2013), when they finished 2-10 with losses to Idaho and FCS Fordham.

However, Temple went 6-6 in 2014, and has recorded 10 wins this season — the first time it has done so since it was an Independent in 1979. The Owls have been ranked as high as No. 21 in the AP Poll in 2015, and appeared in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game against Houston last week. They hosted College GameDay on Halloween night in an impressive 24-20 loss to then-No. 9 Notre Dame.

In June, Rhule received a four-year contract extension through the 2021 season, earning $1.3 million per year, which ranked seventh in the conference. Details of his new raise have not been released.

Not long ago, Rhule’s name was linked to several coaching vacancies, including the Missouri head coaching vacancy left by Gary Pinkel. However, reports indicated that he withdrew his name from consideration on December 1. Two days later, the Tigers hired Barry Odom.

Temple (10-3, 7-1) will play Toledo (9-2, 6-2 MAC) in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

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