Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is scheduled to be interviewed Monday night for the vacant Temple head coaching job, sources told The Inquirer.
Bowles, who also has coached in the NFL for Miami, Dallas, Cleveland and the New York Jets, was a defensive back for Temple from 1982 to 1985.
Bowles, who took over as Eagles defensive coordinator on Oct. 16 after Andy Reid fired Juan Castillo, is atleast the sixth candidate to interview for the Owls job that opened up after Steve Addazio left Tuesday to take over as head coach of Boston College.
According to sources, others to have interviewed thus far include New York Giants offensive line coach Matt Rhule, Miami defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio, Temple defensive coordinator Chuck Heater, Ohio State running backs coach Stan Drayton and former Florida International head coach Mario Cristobal.
Like Heater, Rhule and D’Onofrio have Temple ties. Ruhle coached with the Owls for six years, five under Al Golden and one under Addazio. D’Onofrio was Golden’s defensive coordinator before following Golden to Miami. Heater worked with Addazio at Florida and Temple.
Drayton, a former assistant at Villanova, is known as a great recruiter. Cristobal, who led FIU to bowl games in 2010 and 2011, was fired last week after his team posted a 3-9 record.
The Owls lost another assistant Monday when tight ends coach Frank Leonard left to join Addazio at Boston College. Leonard, who came to Temple after serving as an assistant with the St. Louis Rams, was a teammate of Addazio at Central Connecticut State, and the two coached together at Western Connecticut.
Addazio also has hired offensive coordinator Ryan Day and offensive line coach Justin Frye from his staff at Temple.