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  • Rock Hoffman



College Football Editor

Rod Carey has been relieved of his duties as head football coach at Temple University according to a university issued press release.

Rod Carey is out as Temple head coach (photo by Jesse Garber)

“It’s never an easy decision to replace a head coach,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics, Arthur Johnson. “The past two seasons have not been easy with the challenges of the pandemic. I want to thank Rod for staying committed to our student-athletes and wish him and his family well in their next chapter.”

Carey inherited a program that had been bowl eligible for five seasons in a row before his arrival. In his first season, 2019, the Owls were 8-5 with a loss to North Carolina in the Military Bowl. Last season, they were 1-6 in a season heavily impacted by COVID-19. Saturday, Temple completed their season, losing to Navy 38-14, to finish with a 3-9 record. The Owls lost their last seven games of the campaign by a composite score of 299 to 59.

Carey was 12-20 in his three seasons on North Broad St. Assistant coach Thad Ward has been named interim head coach as the school starts a nation search for Carey’s replacement.

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