Around 11 a.m. this morning Temple football fans scrolling through their phones came across some shocking news on Twitter. Four days after helping Temple win the American Athletic Conference Championship, football coach Matt Rhule was leaving to accept the head coaching position at Baylor University.
Temple alumni, students and current and former players Tweeted their reactions to Rhule’s departure.
Former Temple All-American linebacker Tyler Matakevich
This man changed my life. Gave me an opportunity when no one else would. He believed in me and that's why I love him! Happy for you coach! pic.twitter.com/OrzZBU2HDv
— Tyler Matakevich (@44_Matakevich) December 6, 2016
Temple alum and Sportscenter host Kevin Negandhi
Baylor is getting a hell of a coach and a better man. Matt and his family will be missed. Grateful for what he did at @TempleUniv. Much love
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) December 6, 2016
ESPN personality and College Gameday host Kirk Herbstreit
Congrats @BUFootball on a GREAT hire!! Matt Rhule is an outstanding coach. Hope it works out!
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 6, 2016
Cherry Crusade President Olivia Ashley.
I'm crying. This cannot be happening https://t.co/RamOiuUuPf
— Liv (@OliviaAshley2) December 6, 2016
Senior running back Jahad Thomas
— Jahad Thomas (@StayTru_5) December 6, 2016
Freshman defensive back Linwood Crump
— ⚡️LC2 ⚡️ (@LinwoodCrump) December 6, 2016
Pratik Patel, a 2016 accounting and finance alumnus
You sold your soul to Baylor coach. @CoachMattRhule
— ❗️Pra"]["ik ❗️ (@2Brown1Mamba5) December 6, 2016
Former Temple student body president Ryan Rinaldi
Temple Nation, don't lose hope. Pat Kraft won't let this fall apart. We're going to be just fine. #WhatsNext
— Ryan K. Rinaldi (@RyanKRinaldi) December 6, 2016
TU Alert Parody Account
TU Alert: Students spotted outside of Matt Rhule's office with a boom box asking him to give Temple one more chance.
— TU_Alert (@TU_Alert) December 6, 2016
Liacouras Center Twitter Account
With departure of 🏈 coach Matt Rhule, Temple will look for 4th coach this decade. Temple 🏀 has had only 4 coaches since 1952!
— The Liacouras Center (@LiacourasCenter) December 6, 2016