Baylor names Temple's Matt Rhule as new football coach
Dec 07 2016
After tying the school record for wins for the second time with a 10-3 record it has been announced that Rhule will be taking over the Baylor football program.
"I am truly honored and humbled to join the Baylor family", said Rhule, "I can't thank President (David) Garland and (athletic director) Mack Rhoades enough for this incredible opportunity". Rhule, 41, replaces former Bears coach Art Briles, who was sacked in late May in wake of the school's sexual assault exam. Jim Grobe, who guided the Bears to a 6-6 record as acting coach this season, will step down after Baylor plays Boise State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl on December 27. He has done fantastic work over the past two seasons, both of the 10-win variety. Grobe told Rhoades back in September, when the Bears were still undefeated, that he didn't want to be a candidate for the full-time job.
Baylor has one commit for its 2017 class.
"Baylor is a tremendous institution with a history of football success. I am excited to get started".
Just before the 12 o'clock hour in Philadelphia, news broke the Temple Owls' head football coach Matt Rhule has accepted the same position at Baylor University. According to 247Sports.com, Baylor's 2017 recruiting class - with only one hard commitment in three-star safety Jalen Pitre - now is ranked 162nd among Division I football programs, an area of the rankings populated by mostly mid-tier FCS programs.
In Rhule's first season at Temple in 2013, after inheriting one of the worst programs in the FBS, the Owls went 2-10.
Rhule was a candidate for the Missouri and Syracuse jobs previous year before signing a contract extension that would keep him at Temple through 2021. Instead, assistant coach Ed Foley will take the reigns. So what does the former Temple coach bring to the Big 12? Before Briles, the Bears hadn't had a winning season since before the conference's inception in 1996, and his tenure on the field included Robert Griffin III winning the school's only Heisman Trophy in 2011.
After initial reported interest between Sonny Dykes and the Baylor Bears, it appears for now that the Cal head coach will stick with the Golden Bears instead.
But the nation's largest Baptist university was rocked by scandal earlier this year and an investigation by the Pepper Hamilton law firm determined that the school mishandled assault claims for years.
Rhule also spent some time as the New York Giants assistant offensive line coach.
Before settling on - some say settling for - Rhule, Baylor reportedly interviewed Jeff Brohm, who was hired this week by Purdue. Their six-game skid is the longest since losing nine in a row - the final eight games of the 2007 season and the 2008 opener in Briles' debut.