Former Cleveland Browns offensive line coach George DeLeone is the new running game coordinator for Temple coach Matt Rhule, according to a source.
Rhule is also expected to reshuffle his staff, so DeLeone could coach running backs, tight ends or the offensive line in addition to his running game coordinator duties.
It’s a reunion for DeLeone and Rhule, who coached together at Temple from 2006–07. DeLeone was the Owls’ offensive coordinator for those two years in addition to coaching quarterbacks in ’06 and the offensive line in ’07. Rhule coached the defensive line in ’06 before taking on the roles of quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator in ’07.
DeLeone spent the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, joining as the assistant offensive line coach in 2014. He was promoted to offensive line coach in early September following the suspension of Andy Moeller, with whom the Browns later parted ways.
The 67-year-old DeLeone worked at Connecticut, his alma mater, from 2011–13, serving as the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach for the first two years before becoming associate head coach and offensive line coach in ’13. He coached tight ends for the Miami Dolphins for three years following his earlier stint at Temple.
DeLeone was the running game coordinator and offensive line coach at Ole Miss in 2005 following seven seasons with Syracuse. DeLeone joined the Orange as associate head coach and defensive coordinator in 1998 before becoming associate head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in ’99. For the next five years, DeLeone was associate head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
The New Haven, Conn., native coached the San Diego Chargers’ offensive line in 1997 after an earlier 12-year stint at Syracuse. He coached the offensive line for all 12 of those years and served as offensive coordinator for the final 10 seasons.
DeLeone was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Holy Cross in 1984 after working at Rutgers for four seasons. He joined the Scarlet Knights as the defensive line coach in ’80, then became defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for two seasons before becoming offensive coordinator and special teams coach for his final year.
He got his start in coaching at Southern Connecticut, coaching the offensive line for six years before becoming head coach from 1976–79.
DeLeone returns to Temple following the program’s first 10-win season since 1979. Rhule revamped the Owls into an American Athletic Conference contender, improving from 2–10 in Rhule’s debut season in 2013 to 6–6 in ’14 to 10–4 this past season, including a berth in the AAC championship game and a bid to the Boca Raton Bowl.