Temple sets sights on Notre Dame

Rhule2_7104

For months it seemed way off in the distance.  Not anymore.

Because a week from Saturday at the famed Golden Dome in South Bend, Indiana, Temple-Notre Dame finally becomes a reality.

First-year coach Matt Rhule and the rest of the Owls can’t wait.

“We’re excited,” said sophomore linebacker Tyler Matakevich, Temple’s leading tackler (101) and Big East Rookie of the Year. “Every person’s amped up. We can’t wait to get out there and fly around and show rest of the country what Temple football’s all about.”

No one’s quite sure what the 2013 Owls will be about, as Rhule inherits 14 starters from a 4-7 squad after Steve Addazio unexpectedly bolted for Boston College. Rhule is still trying to figure out which man will be running the offense for a Temple team that will be throwing the ball much more than before.

For now that appears to be junior Connor Reilly. His only action to this point has been holding on field goals and extra points, and he’s being pushed by holdover Juice Granger and freshman P.J. Walker.

“Coach Addazio’s offense really didn’t suit me,’’ said Reilly, a walk-on outfielder for Temple’s baseball team. “Coach Rhule’s offense gave me a new life, and I’ve blossomed from there. It’s gonna be  a great experience just to be there. Notre Dame is a historical program. We know they’ll be a big crowd.  But we’re gonna prepare like it’s just another game.”

Of course, that isn’t quite true.  Even Rhule, who served as Tom Coughlan’s assistant offensive line coach last year, is counting the days.

“It’s special for us,’’  said Rhule, who says the transition back to the college game (six previous years as a Temple assistant under Al Golden and Addazio)  has gone pretty much as he expected.

“When you’re playing at the next level, you want to do well,” he said, “but there’s a lot to get done before we think about Notre Dame.’’

Rhule is still trying to finalize his depth chart, particularly at running back, where freshman Zaire Williams has the edge over Jamie Gilmore.

“I saw some guys who could help us in our last scrimmage,’’ said Rhule. “We got more clarity at running back and we’re setting the depth charts. ”There have been some surprises, both good and bad. But, overall it’s been what I thought it would be.’’

Preparation time for that game once months away is nearly complete. Matt Rhule and the Temple Owls can all but see the Fighting Irish taking the field. It all becomes reality on Aug. 31.

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Is #JusticeForAvaLynn a case of bullying?

On Saturday, the hashtag #JusticeForAvaLynn became one of the trending topics on Twitter. Users circulated the above photo of 5-year-old AvaLynn, posted by her mother…

International

Terrorism could spread to US and Europe in…

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East,…

National

Ex-Bitcoin official to plead guilty to Silk Road…

Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1 million of…

International

China's army changes tactics to prepare for war…

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for "information warfare" as…

Gossip

Joan Rivers on life support: Report

TMZ reports that comedian Joan Rivers has been placed on life support, "completely reliant on machines to stay alive." Rivers has been hospitalized since she…

Movies

What's new on Netflix in September

September has a supernatural theme for Netflix. UFO "documentaries" and the survivalist reality series "Doomsday Preppers" are among the new series coming to the online…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Wellbeing

VIDEO: Still not wearing sunscreen? You will after…

Sunscreen is possibly the most often repeated - and ignored - piece of skincare advice. But Thomas Leveritt took a different tactic. With a short…

Food

Twitter used to track down sources of food…

When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up…

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…