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Report: Temple finalists are Addazio, Bradley and... Bob Davie?

Well, this is certainly an interesting twist in what is otherwise a very ssslllooowww news day in the world of college football.

Temple’s search for a new head coach is apparently coming to a swift end, with the Patriot-News reporting that the school is down to three finalists.

According to the paper, Temple officials are meeting today to decide between a trio of candidates as the replacement for Al Golden. Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio and Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley are two of the candidates, and both have been mentioned in previous reports as potential hires.

Addazio’s inclusion is a bit of a surprise as the Philadelphia Inquirer had reported that the coordinator was out of the mix. That report, though, could’ve been based in part on speculation that he was headed to Texas as their new offensive line coach.

The real surprise, however, is the third reported finalist. Again according to the Patriot-News, current ESPN analyst Bob Davie has been interviewed twice for the job and rounds out the finalists being considered by the school.

Davie has been out of college football coaching-wise since being fired as Notre Dame’s head coach in December of 2001. The 56-year-old coach spent five seasons with the Irish an compiled a 36-25 record, including 0-3 in bowl games.

It was the only head coaching job of his career and, again, he’s been away from the sidelines for nearly a decade. So, naturally, he’s a finalist for a Div. 1-A opening.