Temple's turbulent search is expected to end with the naming of Rod Carey from Northern Illinois as the Owls' new head football coach, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday.

The newspaper said the two sides were close to finalizing a deal and the school was expected to make an announcement by Friday.

Carey, 47, took over as head coach at Northern Illinois before the Orange Bowl during the 2012 season.

In six full seasons with the Huskies, he compiled a 52-30 record and won two Mid-American Conference championships. Northern Illinois was 8-6 in 2018 and lost to UAB in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Geoff Collins resigned on Dec. 7 after two seasons with the Owls to become the head coach at Georgia Tech. He was briefly replaced on Dec. 12 by Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, who then resigned to become the Hurricanes' head coach on Dec. 30.

Carey takes over a Temple team that went 8-5 and earned its fourth consecutive bowl appearance in 2018.

--Field Level Media

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