Temple architecture

Rutgers set to keep top assistant as Temple coach search comes to an end

Rutgers signed one of his best recruiting classes on Wednesday. He also seems to have retained one of the architects of the announced group.

Temple is in “advanced negotiations” to hire Texas associate head coach Stan Drayton as the next head coach, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. The report comes after Rutgers cornerback coach Fran Brown, who was an ace scout for the Scarlet Knights, became the top candidate for the Owls earlier this week.

“Fran is one of those incredibly hard working guys,” said Rutgers coach Greg Schiano. “Everyone says, ‘Fran is a young man, Fran relates to the players,’ and absolutely, he does all of that. But what gets lost is that Fran is working and working and working on recruiting. The best recruiters I have met are the people who work there. He is definitely an important part of our recruiting image.

Brown, a Camden native who turns 40 in February, was initially linked to the Temple post after Rod Carey was fired due to his ties to the program and strong support from former Owls players. But there was little talk of him being a serious contender until a Football Scoop report on Monday.

Brown previously spent six seasons as an assistant at Temple under Steve Addazio and Matt Rhule from 2011 to 2016, then spent the 2019 season with Carey’s squad after a two-year stint at Baylor with Rhule in 2017-18. . Brown was one of Schiano’s first signings upon his return to Rutgers.

Brown earned $ 675,000 last season and is expected to earn $ 700,000 next season after receiving an overtime and raise in late February. He is the highest paid coach in the history of the school.

Drayton, 51 in March, has ties to Temple athletic director Arthur Johnson since their Austin straddle. Drayton also coached at Penn and Villanova from 1995 to 1999. If his hire is finalized, a potential staff move to watch out for would be the possibility that he brings with him the former Rutgers coach and the current offensive line coach. of the Longhorns, Kyle Flood, whose family still lives in Middlesex County.

Rutgers is set to play at the Temple in 2022, then welcome the Owls to Piscataway in 2023.

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