With names flying around left and right in regards to the Baylor coaching search, it should be no surprise that a name from out of nowhere appears to be the Bears next coach. First reported by SicEm365.com, Baylor is preparing to announce Matt Rhule as their next head coach. Baylor confirmed the news shortly after.
Rhule comes to Baylor after four seasons at Temple, where he went 28-23. He led the Owls to back-to-back 10 win seasons in 2015 and 2016, including an American Athletic Conference title this past weekend over Navy. Rumored to be involved in the Oregon coaching search, Rhule's name had been given very little attention nationally for the Baylor job.
41-years old, Rhule has experience in the NFL with the New York Giants, but has spent most of his career at Temple, where was an assistant for 5-years. He was a linebacker at Penn State, playing under legendary coach Joe Paterno. In fact, Rhule's coaching history is on both sides of the ball, spending the first half of his career focusing on defense, before transitioning to offense at Temple in 2007. From there, his career took off.
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2002||Western Carolina (LB/ST)|
|2003–2004||Western Carolina (AHC/LB/ST)|
|2005||Western Carolina (AHC/RGC/OL/ST)|
|2012||New York Giants (AOL)|
Stay tuned for more on this developing story at BearsIllustrated.com.