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Rhule formally takes over as Temple's coach

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Rhule formally takes over as Temple's coach

PHILADELPHIA (AP) From Joe Paterno to Tom Coughlin, Matt Rhule has been mentored by some of the winningest coaches in football.

Now, Rhule gets a chance to apply all of it at Temple.

Rhule, 37, who will leave his post as assistant offensive line coach with the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants to take over the Owls, was formally introduced on Monday on campus, after agreeing to a contract over the weekend. He has 15 seasons of coaching experience, and is a former linebacker at Penn State.

He will replace Steve Addazio, who left Temple earlier this month to take the same post at Boston College. Addazio was with the Owls for just two years.

``We had a diverse and talented pool of candidates and an overwhelming amount of interest, but one person distinguished himself from the rest - Matt Rhule,'' Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said. ``Matt is the perfect person to take Temple Football to the next level.''

The Owls are coming off a 4-7 season, in which they went 2-5 in the Big East.

Rhule is the third coach at Temple in the last four years, joining Addazio and Al Golden, who left for Miami. It is Rhule's second stint at Temple, after serving as an assistant for both of those previous coaches.

``One of the emphases in my mind is really watch a kid play and how he develops,'' Rhule said. ``Give kids an opportunity to develop.''

The Owls, searching for a lasting identity in football, would love to see that. A year after winning the New Mexico Bowl - 37-15 over Wyoming in Addazio's debut season - they took a significant step back this year.

``Matt is a good, young coach. He has very good command, and is thorough and detailed in his assignments and with personnel,'' Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. ``He has an outstanding background in the game, and the players like and respect him. He will be a great representative for Temple.''

Rhule - who will finish the season with New York, a team that will advance to the NFC postseason with wins in its final two games - applied for the Temple position when Golden left to take the job at Miami, and lost out to Addazio.

The second time, though, was a charm.

``I want to thank Bill Bradshaw for giving me this opportunity, he turned me down two years ago, and he was right two years ago, I wasn't ready then, but I'm ready now,'' Rhule said. ``The great thing about what Coach (Addazio) did, was he kept the infrastructure we built under Al (Golden) with the coaches that had been here. Steve didn't wipe it all out.

``Then I worked for Tom Coughlin, and I don't think you do what he did at Boston College, and do what he's done at both Jacksonville and the New York Giants, without having a system. He's unflappable. He doesn't ever show weakness. I watched that for a year. I've been trying to build for this job for a long time.''

And now, the time is here. But this will not be an easy task.

The Owls had an anemic offense this season, finishing 107th overall and with a 322-yard average. They lost five of their last six games, with only a 63-32 win over Army to show for the final month of the season.

``From the minute that he stepped foot here and became our assistant, you could tell he was a guy that was passionate about football,'' Giants tackle David Diehl said. ``He loves the game; he loves being around it. He's a guy who brings that energy each and every day.''

Rhule stressed that his recruiting message will center be on how long he plans to stay at Temple.

``I'm going to tell a recruit, if it's within my power, I'm going to be here as your head football coach when you graduate,'' Rhule said. ``That's what we're looking for.''

Of course, where Rhule's Owls will play long term is a bit of an unknown. Temple returned to the Big East this season after a stay in the Mid-American Conference. With the embattled Big East still in shuffle mode, who knows where the Owls might land in the future.

Either way, though, it appears Rhule will be with them every step of the way.

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a ban he will serve while on injured reserve because of lingering issues from offseason surgery for a broken right foot.

The league said Thursday the suspension will be in effect Sunday when the Cowboys visit Washington. After Dallas’ open week and a home game against Tennessee, the final game of the ban will be Nov. 11 at Philadelphia.

But Williams will miss at least three more games after that while on injured reserve. His first possible game is Dec. 9 at home against the Eagles.

Williams was arrested in May on a charge of public intoxication in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, where team headquarters is located. The case was dismissed after Williams completed a state-mandated alcohol awareness education course.

Williams was ineffective before being placed on IR, as he mustered just two catches for 18 total yards over the Cowboys first two games. Dallas will also be without wide receiver Tavon Austin on Sunday when they face the Washington Redskins. Austin is suffering from a groin injury, and expected to be out multiple weeks.

NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux contributed to this story.

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Capitals vs. Panthers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Capitals vs. Panthers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Washington Capitals (3-2-1, 7pts) are coming off of an overtime thriller at home over the Rangers thanks to Matt Niskanen's crafty timing.

Through the first six games of the season, Washington is undefeated on Wednesdays, yet has failed to win consecutive games. The Caps hope to change that trend Friday night at home vs. the Florida Panthers (0-2-2, 2pts).

The Panthers have yet to win a game this season, with each of the four games being decided by just one goal. The Panthers have no problem scoring, netting at least five goals in two of the first four games, but have failed to seal the deal. This is where the defending Stanley Cup champions will need to capitalize.

Only the Maple Leafs (33) and Hurricanes (33) have scored times more than the Capitals (24). Washington has a clear advantage in firepower. The biggest key to victory is keeping the space in front of Braden Holtby clean as a whistle. If the Caps control their goalmouth, they should have no issues dispatching the Panthers.

Here is everything you need to know about the Friday night game, which takes place at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington. 

CAPITALS-PANTHERS GAME: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: Friday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Panthers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Live Stream: Watch Capitals vs. Panthers on the NBC Sports Washington live stream page and the NBC Sports MyTeams App.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7, 106.7 The Fan FM

CAPITALS-PANTHERS TV SCHEDULE:

6:00 PM: Caps FaceOff Live
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:00 PM: NHL: Florida Panthers at Capitals 
9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS vs. PANTHERS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals: Travis Boyd (OUT, IR), Tom Wilson (OUT, Suspension)

Panthers: Michael Haley (OUT, Leave of Absence), Roberto Luongo (OUT, MCL injury), Mike Matheson (OUT, Suspension) 

CAPITALS vs. PANTHERS PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Evgenii Dadonov, W, Panthers: Dadonov is leading the Panthers this season with two goals and two assists on the season.

John Carlson, D, Capitals: Carlson had a heck of a game vs. the Rangers Wednesday night with a goal and two assists. The Capitals practiced faceoffs in practice leading up to Wednesday night's game and all of the practice paid off with Carlson's goal coming right off the faceoff from Backstrom. 

CAPITALS vs. PANTHERS SERIES HISTORY

Number of all-time Meetings: 123

All-Time Series Record: 64-50-9

Playoff Record: N/A

Last Meeting: Panthers beat Capitals 3-2 (2/22/2018)

Last 10 Meetings: Tied 5-5 

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