Temple coach Matt Rhule, right, talks to his players during a timeout in the second quarter of the American Athletic Conference championship football game against Houston, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
David J. Phillip
December 07, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Temple says Matt Rhule has agreed to a six-year contract, keeping him at the helm of a team that's heading to a bowl for the first time since 2011.

Financial terms of the deal announced Monday were not disclosed.

Because Rhule is one of Temple's 25 highest paid employees, the university is required by Pennsylvania state law to make public his salary. But the university said it would not do so until the May 2016 deadline for the disclosure.

The third-year head coach has turned around a program that went 2-10 in 2013; 6-6 in 2014 and this year finished the regular season 10-3.

The No. 24 Owls will play Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 22.

Athletic director Patrick Kraft says in a statement Rhule is responsible for making Temple a national program.

Rhule says while this has been a ''special season, there is still so much more that Temple football can accomplish.''

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