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Phil Snow to be Bears Defensive Coordinator

The filling of the coaching staff under Matt Rhule took a big step forward, with the news of Phil Snow as the Bears Defensive Coordinator.

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The Baylor Bears and new head coach Matt Rhule are expected to announce Phil Snow as the Bears new Defensive Coordinator.  Snow was considered a candidate to become the new Temple head coach, with players and remaining staff pushing for him.  However, Florida Defensive Coordinator Geoff Collins is expected to be the new man in charge of Owl football. 

Snow, along with the rest of the Temple coaching staff, is expected to stay on board until after the Military Bowl against Wake Forest on December 27th. He will be joining Mike Siravo and Francis Brown, who have both been named as assistant coaches by Baylor.  Defensive line coach Elijah Robinson is also expected to make the move to Waco, TX after the bowl game.

With the three primary defensive assistant pieces named, it was always the logical conclusion for Snow to follow Rhule to Texas.  With the different direction by Temple, it clears that path fully.  

Baylor also is bringing on Shawn Bell for an undisclosed role with the program.  Bell, the former Baylor quarterback, went 11-1 at Cedar Ridge this part year, and has been a rising star in the high school coaching ranks.  He is the second Texas High School Football coach to join Matt Rhule's staff, following another former Bear in David Wetzel.  

The addition of Bell and Wetzel to the staff brings the Texas flavor that most saw as a negative with Rhule's hiring by Baylor.  Wetzel, the president of the Texas High School Football Association, brings immediate legitimacy and knowledge of the state.  With Bell also on board, that is another tip of the cap to the "greatest coaches in the world" as Rhule stated during his introductory press conference. 

The next big domino to fall is the offensive coordinator position, before the offensive assistant spots can be filled.  Stay tuned to BearsIllustrated for more on the new staff and Baylor recruiting. 

About Snow:

40-year coaching veteran, Snow was most recently the defensive coordinator at Temple University for the past 4-season under Matt Rhule. He has also been a coodinator at Eastern Michigan, Washington, UCLA, Arizona State, and Boise State.  With a stop in the NFL for the Detroit Lions for four years, Snow is a proven defensive coach.  

About Bell:

The former Baylor quarterback, Shawn Bell has accumulated a 55-28 high school coaching record.  His most recent stay has been at Cedar Ridge, posting an 11-1 season this year to go along with a district championship.  Bell also has stops at Clifton, China Spring and Round Rock.  Bell started at Baylor from 2003-2006.  He threw for 5,666 yards to go along with 38 touchdowns.  Started games all four years in Waco, going 9-14, including 5-4 in his Junior year.  

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