Matt Rhule Named Baylor Head Coach: Latest Contract Details and Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2016

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Matt Rhule of the Temple Owls in action during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 17, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Baylor hired Temple head coach Matt Rhule as its new head coach Tuesday.

"I am truly honored and humbled to join the Baylor Family," Rhule said, per Matt Bonesteel of the Washington Post, "and I can't thank President [David] 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."

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and KWTX Sports first reported the news. 

Rhule, 41, has continued to develop Temple's football program since taking over as head coach in 2013, leading the Owls to a 28-23 record, two consecutive 10-win seasons and two bowl games in his four seasons at the helm.

Before Rhule, the Owls had posted just three winning seasons in the past 22 years. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller thinks the hire was a slam dunk:

Baylor's program was turned upside down in the wake of sexual assault allegations against football players—and the university's mishandling of those situations—and it needed a positive change. Rhule will indeed be tasked with changing the culture at the school.

But he'll also need to win games, and Dan Wolken of USA Today and Sam Vecenie of Sporting News identified one key area for the new coach to address:

Expectations will be high for Rhule immediately. Former head coach Art Briles, who was fired for his role in the sexual assault scandals, led the team to four 10-win seasons and two conference titles in five years.

Rebuilding the program's reputation and culture while maintaining a high level of play is no small task, but the university clearly feels Rhule can handle it.

          

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