Temple introduces Carey as coach
PHILADELPHIA — Temple University athletic director Patrick Kraft smiled and let out a little laugh when he took the podium to introduce the school’s newest head coach, Rod Carey.
“I feel like Bill Murray in ‘Groundhog Day,'” Kraft said Friday.
It was just 29 days ago that Kraft and the university welcome Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz as the replacement for Geoff Collins, who left for Georgia Tech after two years at Temple. But that changed quickly after Hurricanes coach Mark Richt unexpectedly retired on Dec. 30. Some 12 hours later, Diaz had a five-year deal with Miami, and the Temple job was vacant again.
“We got punched a little,” Kraft said. “You were like, ‘Whoa.’ And then you get back at it.”
Temple started a new search that officially ended Friday with the hiring of Carey from Northern Illinois. Kraft said the parameters of the search didn’t necessarily change, but a wider net was cast than the previous search, and being a head coach was a little more important this time around.
“Every search has its own personality,” Kraft said. “No matter if it was 17, 18, 20, 30 days before, you have to re-evaluate yourself. You have to look at what’s the right person for this time in this program. We took our time to find our coach. We wanted someone who truly understood North Philadelphia and truly understood who we were.”
n Oklahoma backup quarterback Austin Kendall has entered the NCAA transfer database portal.
Kendall was Baker Mayfield’s backup in 2016 and battled Kyler Murray for the starting job into fall camp this past season.
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n Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.
Those projected first-rounders announced their intentions on Friday, along with versatile tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr.
n Manny Diaz has his offensive coordinator. And now Miami will wait and see if that offensive coordinator just happens to arrive with a national-title-winning quarterback.
Dan Enos was announced Friday as the new leader of the Miami offense, coming to the Hurricanes after one season as quarterbacks coach and associate head coach at national runner-up Alabama. Enos was slotted to become the new offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide, but emerged last week as Diaz’s top target with the Hurricanes.
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Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart made the announcement Friday. Coley served as co-offensive coordinator this past season, handling the quarterbacks while Chaney called plays and worked with the tight ends.