According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, Temple has hired former Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins as head coach, replacing Matt Rhule, who departed for Baylor last week.
Collins, 45, a native of Conyers, Georgia, has spent the last two seasons as the Gators defensive coordinator. He led the seventh ranked total defense in the country this season, allowing just 17.9 points per game, which is tied for 10th in the nation.
Prior to his time at Florida, Collins spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State while also coaching linebackers. He has also spent time at UCF, Alabama, and Georgia Tech.
Like Rhule, Collins has no prior head coaching experience. Collins marks the fourth consecutive coach hired by Temple that has no prior head coaching experience.
Collins spent two seasons at local Albright College in Reading as the defensive coordinator, and linebackers coach.
The Owls will face Wake Forest in the Military Bowl on December 27th under interim head coach Ed Foley looking for just the third bowl win in program history.