Baylor's Matt Rhule Passes on National Football League to Remain in Waco with Bears

  • Baylor's Matt Rhule Passes on National Football League to Remain in Waco with Bears

Baylor's Matt Rhule Passes on National Football League to Remain in Waco with Bears

No sooner had Matt Rhule's name been added to the list of candidates for the Indianapolis Colts' vacant head coaching position than it was eliminated. Rhule made Cooper his first hire after accepting the position December 6, 2016 and leading Temple's Owls to a 20-7 record through two seasons - the best two-season mark in school history. He became a top candidate to jump to a Power 5 school on the back of those 10-win campaigns, and somehow (for lack of better options?) chose to tackle the multi-faceted rebuilding situation at Baylor.

Reports state Baylor will use that position as a key off the field recruiting resource for Rhule at both Baylor and Temple. He turned a 2-10 record in his first season as head coach at Temple in 2013 into back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2015 and 2016.

Rhule does have National Football League coaching experience, as he was the Giants' offensive line coach in 2012 when NY defeated the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Rhule is coming off of a 1-11 season with the Bears.

The Baylor head coach, who met with Colts general manager Chris Ballard earlier this week, informed his school he was staying put, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Lauderdale, Fla. He also worked briefly with Al Golden, a former National Football League player, 4-year Miami Hurricanes head coach, and the current Detroit Lions Tight Ends Coach.