Report: Florida Defensive Coordinator Is New Temple Coach

Geoff Collins coaching Florida

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Geoff Collins, a rising star in the coaching ranks who led Florida’s top-10 defense this season, will be the new coach at Temple. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy first reported the news.

Collins has been Florida’s defensive coordinator for two years. This season, the Gators’ defense was sixth in yards per game despite playing in the SEC, one of the best conferences in the country. Florida’s defense allowed just 24 touchdowns in 12 games (and five of them were to number-one Alabama in the SEC Championship game). Florida was seventh nationally in total defense the year before. Read more »

Temple Football Coach Matt Rhule Leaves for Baylor

Temple Matt Rhule

The Matt Rhule era at Temple is over.

Rhule, who coached the Temple Owls football team to its best two-season stretch in school history, is leaving to take the head coach position at Baylor University. The school confirmed the hire early this afternoon. FOX Sports’s Bruce Feldman first reported the news.

The Owls won their first conference championship in the Football Bowl Subdivision this year, routing Navy on Saturday afternoon to win the American Athletic Conference. The Owls also beat Penn State during the 2015 season, the team’s first win over the Nittany Lions since 1941.

Ed Foley will be the interim head coach when Owls play Wake Forest in the Military Bowl in Annapolis on December 27th. Read more »

Tina Fey’s Life Advice

Tina Fey speaking at Temple

Photo by Dan McQuade

Today, Tina Fey receives the Lew Klein Award for Excellence in the Media. As is tradition with Klein Award winners, she did an hourlong Q&A session with Temple students this morning.

Fey talked with Temple students for an hour. She talked about her career at Saturday Night Live, at 30 Rock, in the many movies she’s worked on and starred in, and her time at the Upper Darby Summer Stage as a kid. But she mainly just answered questions for Fay fangirls and fanboys — one said, “I find you very attractive” — and gave them life advice. Below, a sampling of Fey’s wisdom at Temple today. Read more »

Temple Is Holding a Marijuana 101 Class Next Year

Temple logo; Cannabis leaf

Next semester, Temple students will have a chance to take a class on a plant they may already be familiar with: marijuana.

But it’s not a class about how to best to enjoy the Three Kings strain. It’s about the plant itself — the difference between cannabis and hemp, the history of its cultivation, the effect it has on a human body, the history of its prohibition, its medical uses and its integration into pop culture. Temple School of Media and Communication professor Linn Washington has partnered with local marijuana activist and writer Chris Goldstein for the class.

“As an advocate, and as a writer, I keep running into what is kind of a knowledge gap,” Goldstein says. “People don’t get a basic education on marijuana in college. It touches on criminal justice, medicine, business, health care, pop culture, societal trends, but also deeply into politics and public policy, too.” Read more »

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