Philadelphia, PA -- With news that Temple University's football coach, Matt Rhule, would be leaving for Baylor University just a few weeks before their bowl game, Temple students hung their heads on campus Wednesday morning.
Many students said they were upset the young coach would leave with just a bowl game left to play this season.
In four seasons with the Temple Owls, Rhule was able to lead his squad to back-to-back 10-win seasons and an American Athletic Conference Championship.
The former Penn State linebacker will have his work cut out for him at Baylor University, which is currently facing several federal lawsuits for allegedly covering up sexual assaults on campus.
Rhule took out a full-page ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday to thank fans. The ad reads, "On behalf of Julie and our children, I want to express our sincere gratitude to Temple University. The passion and pursuit of excellence at Temple allowed for our student-athletes to achieve success on the football field and to develop as young men off of the field. Temple and Philly will always be a part of us and we will be cheering on the Owls from afar." - Matt Rhule
Led by interim head coach Ed Foley, No. 24 Temple will face Wake Forrest in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland.