Another name can reportedly be crossed off the list of potential coaching candidates to replace Gary Pinkel at Missouri.
Marc Narducci of Philly.com reported Tuesday that Temple coach Matt Rhule has removed himself from consideration for the job. Narducci also said a source confirmed that Rhule met with Missouri officials Sunday in Philadelphia.
Rhule, a Penn State alum, is 18-18 in three years at Temple. The Owls have been one of college football’s most surprising teams in 2015. They started the year by beating Rhule’s alma mater, and will play Houston in the AAC championship game Saturday. Should Temple beat Houston or win a bowl game, this will be the first 11-win season in program history.
Rhule joins a burgeoning list of coaches who have been connected to the Missouri opening, but ended up elsewhere. Matt Campbell (Toledo to Iowa State) and Justin Fuente (Memphis to Virginia Tech) chose other new jobs, while Tom Herman has reportedly decided to stay put at Houston.
Pinkel announced his resignation last month to focus on his health. He revealed that he has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He will serve as a guest analyst for the SEC Network on Saturday at the SEC Championship game in Atlanta.
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