Sportress of Blogitude

College Football

Matt Rhule takes out full-page ad in Philly paper to thank supporters (pic)

Matt Rhule is leaving the Temple Owls football program behind after accepting the head coaching position with the Baylor Bears. But Rhule made sure to express his gratitude for all the support he’s received during his tenure before his professional departure from the Philadelphia area.

Rhule took out a full-page ad in the sports section of Wednesday’s Philadelphia Inquirer to issue a heartfelt thank you to the region’s college football fans.

“On behalf of Julie and our children, I want to express our sincere gratitude to Temple University, the City of Philadelphia and Owls fans throughout the world,” the ad reads, as transcribed by Crossing Broad. “The passion and pursuit of excellence at Temple allowed for our student-athletes to achieve success on the football field and to develop as young men off of the field. Temple and Philly will always be a part of us and we will be cheering on the Owls from afar.”

It’s nothing new for a coach or player to take out an ad in a local paper (here and here) to pay tribute to fans who have supported them during their tenure in town. But that doesn’t mean it’s isn’t a great gesture of gratitude each and every time it occurs.

In four years at Temple, Rhule compiled a 28-23 record with an appearance in the Boca Raton Bowl in 2015. After posting a 10-3 record this season, the Owls will face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27.