It’s only been a week since Matt Rhule shocked everyone with his move to Texas (Baylor to be exact), but Temple football is making moves of its own.
Earlier today, it was announced that the new head coach would be Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins. This was a head-scratcher for most, but after doing some digging, this could be a move in the right direction for the future of the Owls. Here’s 5 things to know about Temple’s new man in charge.
1. His nickname is the “Minister of Mayhem”. Don’t believe me? Check out this article in the Miami Herald.
He’s earned the nickname for being one of the best defensive minds in the SEC, keeping Florida’s defense ranked in the top 10 for the last two seasons. Besides the perfect alliteration, mayhem is exactly what a Collins defense causes, just ask LSU, Georgia, and the steady #20 ranking that the Gators maintained this season.
2. Collins has coached some of the best defensive players in the NFL.
Fletcher Cox (Philadelphia Eagles), KJ Wright (Seattle Seahawks), Vernon Hargreaves (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), the list goes on. If you’ve ever seen the #BDN hashtag on Twitter, he’s the one responsible and it stands for Best Defense in the Nation. Clearly, he can own up to it.
3. This is his first time as a head coach, but there are well wishes from every direction.
From Bama’s Nick Saban to Florida’s Jim McElwain to Matt Rhule himself, the well wishes are pouring in for the new HC!
4. With his Southern football background and reputation, recruits shouldn’t be too difficult for Collins.
The 45-year-old has coached down South for a majority of his 20+ years in college football. This means he can try to bring some of those SEC-bound players with him up to Philadelphia for a change of scenery and the promise of a successful college career. Rhule did a fantastic job of bringing in young men from Florida, but Collins has the potential to reach much further.
5. His Twitter account (@CoachCollins) may be private, but feel free to follow him and his signature hashtags.
I’m not too sure what #DBU, #MONEYdown, and #GETtheBALL mean, but obviously he’s pretty enthusiastic about his hashtags! He hasn’t had the time to change his bio and header quite yet (see the Florida Gators everywhere), but it’s OK. Everything will be cherry and white in no time.