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D’Onofrio pulls his name out of the mix for Temple job

Mark D'Onofrio AP

Late last night, it was reported that Temple had narrowed its search for a new head coach to a pair of finalists: current Miami defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio (pictured) and current New York Giants assistant Matt Rhule.

Reportedly, that grouping has been pared down even further.

According to multiple media outlets, D’Onofrio has decided to withdraw his name from consideration for the Owls opening.  D’Onofrio had previously interviewed with athletic director Bill Bradshaw, and was scheduled to meet with the school’s incoming president today.

The reason behind D’Onofrio’s decision to stay at Miami is unknown, although it could be as simple as some tea-leave reading led him to believe that Rhule was in fact the front-runner.

Both finalists were on Al Golden‘s staff at Temple.  Golden, now the Miami head coach, has reportedly been pushing for D’Onofrio, his Hurricanes coordinator, to land the job as the replacement for Steve Addazio. Addazio left to become the head coach at Boston College.

The move by D’Onofrio presumably clears the path for Rhule, who interviewed with both the AD and president in recent days, to take over the Owls.  An announcement on a new head coach was expected Monday, although the D’Onofrio development could speed up that timeframe.

UPDATED 3:29 p.m. ET: CFT can confirm that Rhule has been offered the Temple job.  If as expected he accepts, he will be introduced at a press conference Monday.

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6 Responses to “D’Onofrio pulls his name out of the mix for Temple job”
  1. teedraper says: Dec 14, 2012 11:57 AM

    WHY? We at Miami want you GONE

  2. muskyhunter2542 says: Dec 14, 2012 12:14 PM

    I remember this guy… He was a horrible draftpick of The Green Bay Packers in like 91-92.

  3. mgavin78 says: Dec 14, 2012 12:21 PM

    Coach D should be fired at UM.

  4. lbijake says: Dec 14, 2012 3:18 PM

    Another reason he may have pulled his name is the situation that Temple and the BE now find themselvesin with the b-ball schools pulling out. The job may be viewed less favorably than it already is.

  5. wingslax35 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:24 PM

    That means he would have been 17 years old if he was drafted in 1992.

  6. lbijake says: Dec 14, 2012 5:33 PM

    If he was only 17 years old when drafted, no wonder he was terrible. Give the guy a break, should have waited until he was at least 20 years old.

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