Just after noon, Jamie Apody of 6ABC reported that Temple University football head coach Matt Rhule has accepted the head coaching job at Baylor after leading his team to a 10-3 record, the AAC title and a trip to the Military Bowl in a few weeks.
Rhule has spent 10 years as a coach at Temple with the last four being as the head coach. He also coached with the New York Giants in 2012, Western Carolina University (2002-05), UCLA (2001), University at Buffalo (1999-00) and Albright College in 1998. Rhule was a linebacker at Penn State, the place many thought Rhule would peruse should James Franklin leave his post.
When Rhule took the job in 2013, he said his team would improve, which they did as the Owls produced nearly 400 yards per game (which was the second best total in school history). The team did start 0-6 but the team never gave up and the team never trailed at the start of the fourth quarter in the second half of the season.
The team learned how to finish games in 2014, allowing just 23 fourth quarter points throughout that season, helping the team to a 6-6 record.
In June 2015, Rhule was given a four-year contract extension that would have kept him on the Temple sidelines until the 2021 season. Later that season, Rhule lead the Owls to a 10-win regular season and the American Athletic East division trophy while the Owls also beat Penn State for the first time in 73 years. The team also started the season with a program best, 7-0 and were ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in 36 seasons. Rhule also saw ten of his players earn all-conference honors.
“I am truly honored and humbled to join the Baylor Family,” said Rhule said in a statement released by Baylor this afternoon. “I can’t thank President Garland and (Athletic Director) Mack Rhoades enough for this incredible opportunity. Baylor is a tremendous institution with a history of football success and I know the passion that so many have for the Bears will help bring the community together to reach even greater heights. I am excited to get started.”
12:45 p.m. update: This was on the Baylor Football Twitter, but still no word from Temple or Rhule.
Source: Baylor Football Twitter
***** UPDATE****** Temple will be hosting a press conference at 1:30 p.m.
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