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Owls’ Matt Rhule staying put

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Temple head coach Matt Rhule is no longer being considered for the Missouri Tigers head coach position. He has withdrew his name from consideration.

Rhule was supposed to meet with the Tigers administration on Sunday, according to FootballScoop.com. The football coaching website did not report anything else if that meeting actually took place.

The Owls have gone 10-2 this season and will play for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 5th, against the Houston Cougars. The winner will get a high-sided bowl, which could possibly be the Vizio Fiesta Bowl.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season.

The 40-year-old Rhule is 18-18 (12-12 within the American Athletic Conference) during his three seasons with the Owls. His teams have increased its record by four games each season that he’s been at the school.

This season, he has the Owls ranked for the first time in years. And they’ve shown the country on the biggest stage on Halloween when they nearly pulled the upset against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before William Fuller caught a late touchdown.

The Owls is Rhule’s first head coaching gig after coming to the school from the New York Giants in 2012, where he was the Assistant Offensive Line coach. Before that, he coached several positions at Temple from 2006 through 2011.

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