Rumors have been circulating for a few days and today they culminate with the truth. Temple Head Coach Geoff Collins is leaving after two seasons to take on the same position at Georgia Tech.
In his two seasons with the team, Collins went 15-10 leading them to two straight bowl appearances and an eight-win season. Collins was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and now he gets to go home and coach there.
Before his time with Temple, he spent much time up and down the east coast with different teams at different positions including defensive coordinator at Florida, Mississippi State and FIU. He also spent time at Georgia Tech from 1999-2001 and 2006 as a graduate assistant, who then got promoted to tight ends coach. When he returned in 2006, he was hired as the director of player personnel.
12 years later, he will return as Georgia Tech’s fifth head coach since the year 2000.
Temple has a list of potential candidates in place of Collins including former Temple assistant and Baylor associate head coach Francis Brown. Brown left along with Matt Rhule two years ago, and Collins tried to keep him on the staff, but to no avail.
In the meantime, Temple tight ends and special teams coach Ed Foley is to be expected to be the interim head coach when the team travels down to Shreveport, Louisiana to take on Duke in the Independence Bowl on the 27th.
Foley coached the team in the 2016 Military Bowl after Matt Rhule departed for Baylor to take the head coaching job there.