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Temple introduces Northern Illinois' Rod Carey as its new coach: 'This is exactly where I want to be'

Temple introduces Northern Illinois' Rod Carey as its new coach: 'This is exactly where I want to be'

Temple athletic director Patrick Kraft let out a little laugh Friday when he introduced Northern Illinois’ Rod Carey as the Owls’ new football coach.

“I feel like Bill Murray in ‘Groundhog Day,’ ” Kraft said.

Just 29 days earlier, Kraft and the university had welcomed Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz as the replacement for Geoff Collins, who left for Georgia Tech after two years. But that changed quickly after Hurricanes coach Mark Richt unexpectedly retired Dec. 30. About 12 hours later, Diaz had a five-year deal with Miami and the Temple job was vacant again.

“We got punched a little,” Kraft said. “You were like, ‘Whoa.’ And then you get back at it.”

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