Temple University announced today the hiring of Rod Carey as head football coach. Carey joins Temple from Northern Illinois University, where he served as head coach for six seasons.Carey coached Northern Illinois to two Mid-American Conference (MAC) championships—2014 and 2018—and four division championships. He led the Huskies in six bowl games, including the prestigious Orange Bowl in 2013. He compiled a 52-30 overall record at Northern Illinois, and 38-10 record in conference play.
“We are very happy to announce that Rod Carey will take over as the next Temple head football coach,” said Temple Director of Athletics Patrick Kraft. “Rod is a proven winner with a history of success as a head coach at the FBS level. He has won four regular-season titles and two MAC championships at Northern Illinois while taking the Huskies to six bowl games, including the 2013 Orange Bowl. He has also recruited and coached All-American players at NIU.”
“I am really excited to lead the Temple University football program and look forward to continuing its proud Temple TUFF tradition,” said Carey. “I am extremely grateful to President Englert and Director of Athletics Dr. Patrick Kraft for the opportunity to take over one of the top programs in the American Athletic Conference. This program is on the rise, coming off a record-setting class, and I look forward to raising the bar for success even higher.”
Carey guided Northern Illinois to a 12-0 regular season record in 2013, his first full year at the helm. The Huskies spent nine weeks in the Associated Press top 25 poll and reached as high as No. 16. He followed that year by guiding the Huskies to an 11-3 record in 2014, tying for the West Division title and winning the MAC Championship with a 51-17 victory over Bowling Green.
Over the next four seasons, Carey led the Huskies to three eight-win campaigns and two MAC …