We’re not certain yet who will replace Al Golden at Temple, but we have a pretty good idea who it won’t be.
It was thought that Mark D’Onofrio, the Owls’ defensive coordinator the past five seasons, would be the leader in the clubhouse to replace his former Penn State teammate as Temple’s next head coach. However, the Philadelphia Daily News reports that D’Onofrio is headed to Miami to serve as Golden’s coordinator with the Hurricanes.
Instead of staying in-house for a replacement, the school announced in a press release Tuesday night that they have launched a national search for a successor.
“Temple is firmly committed to finding the best possible person to continue the success it has experienced over the past two seasons and lead it to even greater heights,” athletic director Bill Bradshaw said in a statement. “The program has never been in better shape, posting consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1978-79, with the 17 wins during that time tying the school record. Our goal is to find the right person to continue this success on the gridiron while also maintaining excellence in the classroom.
“With 14 [returning] starters, including five all-conference performers, this is a great opportunity for the right coach to keep the program on the winning track.”
With D’Onofrio apparently out of the mix, there’s been no real speculation emerge as to viable candidates for a position that’s much more appealing, relatively speaking, than it was the last time it came open.