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Temple hires Texas running backs coach Stan Drayton as new head coach

Dan Gelston
The Associated Press
Texas running backs coach Stan Drayton was hired by Temple to be its head coach Wednesday. Drayton spent five years with the Longhorns.

PHILADELPHIA — Temple hired Stan Drayton on Wednesday as the latest football coach charged with making the Owls relevant again in the American Athletic Conference.

Drayton spent five years at Texas where he was associate head coach and run game coordinator and has coached for nearly 30 years at all levels of football, including a stint in the NFL. He has Pennsylvania ties with coaching stints at Villanova, Penn and his alma mater Allegheny (Pa.) College.

Temple athletic director Arthur Johnson made his first major hire since his October arrival and went with a coach he was familiar with following a seven-year stint in the Longhorns' administration.

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“I had a chance to get to know Stan while we worked together at the University of Texas. He is an outstanding football coach and an even better person," Johnson said. "He knows what success looks like at the highest levels of football. He also knows what it takes to be successful in this city having spent six years of his career here and learned from two of the city’s legendary football coaches.”

Temple will introduce Drayton at a Thursday press conference. Temple fired Rod Carey last month after three seasons, ending a tenure that started with a bowl game and finished with a combined two conference wins in the last two seasons.

Drayton also coached at Ohio State, Florida, Syracuse, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Bowling Green. He also served as running backs coach for the Chicago Bears from 2015-16. He worked as offensive quality control coach/special teams of the Green Bay Packers in 2001-03.

Drayton joins Ron Dickerson as the only Black head coaches in Temple football history.

“Philadelphia has always held a special place in my heart as my wife, Monique, and I got married while we lived here," Drayton said.

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Carey went 12-20 at the Philadelphia-based school after being hired away from Northern Illinois in January 2019. He went 4-15 over the last two seasons. Carey was 2-13 in the American Athletic Conference over the last two seasons.

Temple is counting on Drayton to return it to bowl games. The Owls played in five straight bowl games from 2015-19.