Temple fires Rod Carey after three seasons

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.”

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.