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Thanks for taking the time to contribute your thoughts (and ignore the clowns making smart remarks), he was impressive at the press conference and hit on a lot of cornhusker hot buttons.  Many doubters felt better about things after that, and I think he'll prove his worth quickly.  Your comments certainly reinforce that, will be good to have a new husker fan in PA!

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1 hour ago, MH55 said:

I’ve been browsing your site and figured some of your fans might be interested in the opinion of a 40 year TUFB fan. Full disclaimer, I am just a fan w no dog in this fight. As a long suffering loyal season ticket holder and booster club member, I think I can offer slightly more accurate recollections but I would have to admit some of data might be slightly skewed. Nevertheless, here goes.

 

I am not a relative or a hype man but I think you will like this hire.

 

Matt Rhule came to Temple in 2006 as part of Al Golden’s first staff. From what I heard he was virtually a walk on coach. He literally showed up on campus and knocked on Golden’s door. Both Golden and Rhule played at Penn State. Golden being a Starting TE. Rhule playing very sparingly at LB. Very sparingly I understand. I suppose that was his in. Now Temple football WAS AN ABSOLUTE SHAMBLES, in the 15 years leading up to Golden,s hire. Yea 15 years ! We had been kicked out of the Big East, playing in front of 1,500 people in a pro fb stadium, revolving door of players and a completely destroyed prep school relationship. No local coaches would send their kids to Temple. (Go ahead, look up the 2005 Temple Owls FB results and the 14 years before) from what I heard, when hired, Rhule was the lowest paid member of the coachingstaff earning less than 50k. Not bad, considering the money you are now committed to paying him, right?

 

in a matter of weeks, the woeful recruiting all changed. Al Golden himself identified Rhule as playing an integral part in the recruiting. I heard Golden say Rhule was sleeping in cars off the interstate scouring the mid Atlantic and northeast region for players under the radar.. in their 1st year, Temple picked up 5 players in the densiveline who would play in the NFL. None of them had a single offer from a 1A school. That included finding a guy who they stowed away in prep school for a year. Muhammad Wilkerson would become a #1 draft pick who stayed committed to Temple after all the other schools found out about him.

 

I could give you dozens and dozens of players who had no other 1aoffers or certainly no P5 offers who were absolute studs at Temple. Again, Rhule was a key figure if not the most prominent reason this happened. Indeed relationships w players is one of his attributes. You might be surprised to learn going into this season Temple had contributed the most NFL players from a G5 school. I would wager all of them had some interaction or relationship w Rhule to get there. I can also tell you the vast majority of these guys were high character people. They weren’t overlooked because of conduct, it was because they weren’t known, an inch too small, a half step slow. Rhule and his staff developed them into terrific college players. As his reputation grew, Templebegan taking players from upper level P5 schools. Temple was winning recruiting battles w players who never would have asked where Temple was let alone committing. You probably didn’t know Kenny Pickettwas a Temple commit until Matt Rhule left for Baylor

 

my school went from a laughing stock to a competitor. It took a few years but we began dominating teams who only a few years earlier were bearing us by 60 points. I’m not exaggerating either. For some reason, when Golden took a promotion to Miami, Rhule did not go w him or was offered the job. He might not have been polished enough. Rhule took a job w the NY Giants. The new regime came in and won w players already on the roster but began slipping.quickly. When Steve Adazzio  parlayed temples players into a P5 job at Boston College, the players wanted Matt Rhule hired. Rhule then took his lumps w the players he was given and by the end of a 2-10 year, he was playing many of the walk ons and no star recruits he had found again. 2 years later we were playing for the Conference Championship and 3 years later won it’d and if not for a were a western Michigan win away from playing on New Years Day. Seriously, a temple !

 

I’m not Matt Rhule.s agent. In fact a quick funny story. Rhule had been promoted to Temple’s OC. I didn’t really like his offense. Lots of motion,packages, substitutions. We were playing a game at Kent State (yea we weren’t big time ) and I was letting Rhule hear it. The game was one of those MAC games on a Wednight on ESPN. Julian aedelman was Kent’s QB.it was a miserable  night There wasn’t 750 people in the stadium. I couldn’t believe We were losing and made my opinion known. One of Temples players came over tome and told me to STFU. They had Rhulesback and he had theirs. It is the kind of loyalty he inspired. I learned my lesson.

 

I followed Rhule a bit at Baylor. I left the same kind of message there when I read fans balking at his hire. I believe he was very successful there.I did not follow Rhule in the NFL. It’s a very different job and I’m a much bigger college fan.

 

im going to leave you with a couple final thoughts which you can think about or research yourself. Rhule left temple in 2017. His predecessor had a decent season then parlayed Rhule recruits into a fat contract at Georgia Tech. Geoff Collins was fired already and We gradually fell completely off the map again. It wasn’t a coincidence.

 

im one of literally a few hundred people who have been going to Temple FB games for 30 years. I can tell you Rhule.s association w Temple paralleled the only successful and really enjoyable times I had following them. It’s not all him. It’s others as well and some are likely going to be the same people he brings to staff at Nebraska because did the same thing at a temple, Baylor and yes, Carolina. Again, I think the Sunday league is a lot different.

 

Rhule and his staff will recruit the hell out of the Midwest and he will probably pluck some nice players out of the mid Atlantic like he did for Baylor.

 

I’ll leave this video here. It’s a couple minute clip of Gameday coming a Temple game in 2015. In the 90’s 00’s and thru 2013, I would have never dreamed ESPN Gameday would be featuring a Temple game. But it happened and Matt Rhule was very responsible for it.

 

good luck

 

 

Thank you for signing up here to share your thoughts. Husker fans have had their hopes dashed before so I think many of us our cautiously optimistic about Rhule.  I hope the guy has success and can retire here with a few conference titles and one national championship!

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I can’t commit to becoming a Husker fan except when you beat Penn State. Just thought I’d address a couple of posts questioning his tenure at Temple and why the record doesn’t demonstrate the accomplishment.I feel he is in a much better position to recruit in Lincoln than for an empty Lincoln Financial Field. You might be amused to learn Ryan Day was also on our 2006 aTemple staff but he didn’t seem to command the same respect and loyalty as Rhule. He returned in 2012 too but was not retained when Rhule was hired as our HC. Don’t have any insight there.

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3 hours ago, MH55 said:

I’ve been browsing your site and figured some of your fans might be interested in the opinion of a 40 year TUFB fan. Full disclaimer, I am just a fan w no dog in this fight. As a long suffering loyal season ticket holder and booster club member, I think I can offer slightly more accurate recollections but I would have to admit some of data might be slightly skewed. Nevertheless, here goes.

 

I am not a relative or a hype man but I think you will like this hire.

 

Matt Rhule came to Temple in 2006 as part of Al Golden’s first staff. From what I heard he was virtually a walk on coach. He literally showed up on campus and knocked on Golden’s door. Both Golden and Rhule played at Penn State. Golden being a Starting TE. Rhule playing very sparingly at LB. Very sparingly I understand. I suppose that was his in. Now Temple football WAS AN ABSOLUTE SHAMBLES, in the 15 years leading up to Golden,s hire. Yea 15 years ! We had been kicked out of the Big East, playing in front of 1,500 people in a pro fb stadium, revolving door of players and a completely destroyed prep school relationship. No local coaches would send their kids to Temple. (Go ahead, look up the 2005 Temple Owls FB results and the 14 years before) from what I heard, when hired, Rhule was the lowest paid member of the coachingstaff earning less than 50k. Not bad, considering the money you are now committed to paying him, right?

 

in a matter of weeks, the woeful recruiting all changed. Al Golden himself identified Rhule as playing an integral part in the recruiting. I heard Golden say Rhule was sleeping in cars off the interstate scouring the mid Atlantic and northeast region for players under the radar.. in their 1st year, Temple picked up 5 players in the densiveline who would play in the NFL. None of them had a single offer from a 1A school. That included finding a guy who they stowed away in prep school for a year. Muhammad Wilkerson would become a #1 draft pick who stayed committed to Temple after all the other schools found out about him.

 

I could give you dozens and dozens of players who had no other 1aoffers or certainly no P5 offers who were absolute studs at Temple. Again, Rhule was a key figure if not the most prominent reason this happened. Indeed relationships w players is one of his attributes. You might be surprised to learn going into this season Temple had contributed the most NFL players from a G5 school. I would wager all of them had some interaction or relationship w Rhule to get there. I can also tell you the vast majority of these guys were high character people. They weren’t overlooked because of conduct, it was because they weren’t known, an inch too small, a half step slow. Rhule and his staff developed them into terrific college players. As his reputation grew, Templebegan taking players from upper level P5 schools. Temple was winning recruiting battles w players who never would have asked where Temple was let alone committing. You probably didn’t know Kenny Pickettwas a Temple commit until Matt Rhule left for Baylor

 

my school went from a laughing stock to a competitor. It took a few years but we began dominating teams who only a few years earlier were bearing us by 60 points. I’m not exaggerating either. For some reason, when Golden took a promotion to Miami, Rhule did not go w him or was offered the job. He might not have been polished enough. Rhule took a job w the NY Giants. The new regime came in and won w players already on the roster but began slipping.quickly. When Steve Adazzio  parlayed temples players into a P5 job at Boston College, the players wanted Matt Rhule hired. Rhule then took his lumps w the players he was given and by the end of a 2-10 year, he was playing many of the walk ons and no star recruits he had found again. 2 years later we were playing for the Conference Championship and 3 years later won it’d and if not for a were a western Michigan win away from playing on New Years Day. Seriously, a temple !

 

I’m not Matt Rhule.s agent. In fact a quick funny story. Rhule had been promoted to Temple’s OC. I didn’t really like his offense. Lots of motion,packages, substitutions. We were playing a game at Kent State (yea we weren’t big time ) and I was letting Rhule hear it. The game was one of those MAC games on a Wednight on ESPN. Julian aedelman was Kent’s QB.it was a miserable  night There wasn’t 750 people in the stadium. I couldn’t believe We were losing and made my opinion known. One of Temples players came over tome and told me to STFU. They had Rhulesback and he had theirs. It is the kind of loyalty he inspired. I learned my lesson.

 

I followed Rhule a bit at Baylor. I left the same kind of message there when I read fans balking at his hire. I believe he was very successful there.I did not follow Rhule in the NFL. It’s a very different job and I’m a much bigger college fan.

 

im going to leave you with a couple final thoughts which you can think about or research yourself. Rhule left temple in 2017. His predecessor had a decent season then parlayed Rhule recruits into a fat contract at Georgia Tech. Geoff Collins was fired already and We gradually fell completely off the map again. It wasn’t a coincidence.

 

im one of literally a few hundred people who have been going to Temple FB games for 30 years. I can tell you Rhule.s association w Temple paralleled the only successful and really enjoyable times I had following them. It’s not all him. It’s others as well and some are likely going to be the same people he brings to staff at Nebraska because did the same thing at a temple, Baylor and yes, Carolina. Again, I think the Sunday league is a lot different.

 

Rhule and his staff will recruit the hell out of the Midwest and he will probably pluck some nice players out of the mid Atlantic like he did for Baylor.

 

I’ll leave this video here. It’s a couple minute clip of Gameday coming a Temple game in 2015. In the 90’s 00’s and thru 2013, I would have never dreamed ESPN Gameday would be featuring a Temple game. But it happened and Matt Rhule was very responsible for it.

 

good luck

 

Thanks for your insight. 

 

Might I add, the passion you have for your team is what I love about College Football. You're a great fan!

 

The sport is about more than Alabama, Ohio State and Texas. It's the fans from all the smaller schools that matter and that make this sport the most unique and entertaining sport in the world.

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