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Temple fires Rod Carey after three seasons

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Oct 2, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Temple Owls head coach Rod Carey reacts in the second half against the Memphis Tigers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Temple Owls head coach Rod Carey reacts in the second half against the Memphis Tigers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Temple fired football coach Rod Carey on Monday after three seasons and a 12-20 record.

The Owls went 8-5 and lost in the Military Bowl in his first season in 2019, but slipped to 1-6 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.

Temple finished 3-9 this season (1-7 in the American Athletic Conference) and ended the year with a seven-game losing streak.

“It’s never an easy decision to replace a head coach,” Temple athletic director Arthur Johnson said in a release. “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.”

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Assistant coach Thad Ward was named the Owls’ interim head coach.

Carey, 50, went to Philadelphia after leading Northern Illinois to a 52-30 record from 2012-18.

–Field Level Media