Temple University announced Matt Rhule as its new football coach at a news conference Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia.

Rhule formerly spent six seasons as an Owls assistant and was considered the frontrunner from the start to take over for Steve Addazio, who left for Boston College two weeks ago.

Temple went 4-7 this season after having three straight winning seasons and playing in two bowl games under Addazio and Al Golden.

Rhule has strong ties to Temple, a factor high on the university's wish list after Addazio bolted after only two seasons. Rhule spent six seasons on the Owls' coaching staff before joining Tom Coughlin's staff as the Giants' assistant offensive line coach. Rhule, who played four seasons at Penn State, was the assistant offensive coordinator and tight ends coach, as well as the recruiting coordinator, when he left for the Giants.

Under Rhule's lead, Temple's recruiting class ranked No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference from 2006-2008.

Once one of the worst programs in the nation, the Owls found their footing in the MAC, but struggled in a return to the Big East this season.

Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said this week about 75 people had expressed interest in the program's vacant football job. Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, a former Owl, confirmed he interviewed for the job.

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