After a 3-9 season that saw the Owls lose seven straight games by a margin of 20 or more points, Coach Carey has been fired.
“It’s never an easy decision to replace a head coach. The past two seasons have not been easy with the challenges of the pandemic. I want to thank Rod for staying committed to our student-athletes and wish him and his family well in their next chapter.”Arthur Johnson, Temple VP and Director of Athletics
Carey finished with a 12-20 record in three seasons at Temple, including a 3-9 record in 2021. He lead the Owls in his first season to the Military Bowl in Annapolis with an impressive 8-4 record but came up short against the North Carolina Tar Heels. 2020 saw a major dip in the program with the team only going 1-6 as COVID-19 sidelined many of the starters. This year saw Temple get off to an alright start at 3-2 following a big homecoming win against the Memphis Tigers but the Owls then seemed to go nowhere
Coach Carey did have some bright spots, winning against his first two ranked match-ups in Maryland and Memphis back in 2019 and leading the Owls to their fifth consecutive bowl game that year.
Calls were being made by fans and former players to remove Rod Carey for the past few weeks. Rumors and social media posts about a toxic environment under Carey along with many big names from the program entering the transfer portal including wide-receiver Jadan Blue and for a brief stint quarterback D’Wan Mathis.
Claims and accusations from players such as Iverson Clement got much of the fan base talking about the future of the program and if Rod Carey is the right coach.
Assistant coach Thad Ward has been named the program’s interim head coach. The search for a new head coach could take as long as a couple of months because while Temple’s season may be over much of the FBS still have games in the upcoming weeks.