Baylor made one hell of a hire today, bring in Matt Rhule as their next head football coach. After his 2nd straight successful season on North Broad, it became a matter of where Rhule would end up, not if he was going. It’s the business of college football, have success and better jobs will come along. Better jobs that can’t be turned down. According to reports, in accepting the Baylor job, Rhule turned down the Oregon Ducks.
Rhule to Baylor is a bit of a setback for Oregon, who made a strong play for him last night, two people w/knowledge told @USATODAYsports
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 6, 2016
Oregon isn’t thought to be a great job anymore. The allure of the fast paced offense, cool uniforms, and great facilities is old news. Everybody has those things these days, but it’s not like Baylor doesn’t have major problems of their own. Though, there was definitely some kind of a connection between the two.
As @DanWolken indicated, Oregon loved Matt Rhule and I think the Ducks wanted him. Rhule truly felt a calling to Baylor.
— Matt Mosley (@mattmosley) December 6, 2016
Meanwhile, Rhule will be missed in Philly. Al Golden brought the program back from the dead, Steve Addazio tried to kill it again, and Rhule came in and not only resuscitated Temple, but took them to the next level. It was more than making the Owls respectable again, Rhule made them believe they belonged on the same field as Notre Dame and Penn State. He lead his team and broke school records along the way, doing it with respect and integrity. He made the Temple Owls Philadelphia’s team. He made me proud to be a Temple Football fan.
— Temple University (@TempleUniv) December 6, 2016
As we mentioned before, Rhule has a tough road ahead of him at Baylor. The sexual assault scandal that rocked Waco, also hurt the Bears recruiting class. As it stands right now, Rhule will only have one 3-star recruit in his 2017 class. Zero 4-star or 5-star. The class ranks 161st nationally. The university will have to show patience, but if they do, their hire will pay off. Rhule will succeed wherever he goes. I’m certain of that.
So where do the Owls go from here? Mike Jensen of the Inquirer suggested recently fired Texas Coach Charlie Strong. I think that’d be a great choice. Whoever they hire, Matt Rhule leaves the job in a much better place from where it was when he inherited it. Only time will tell if the Owls can build on what Rhule started, but a more than solid foundation has been created.