Baylor head coach Matt Rhule is reportedly remaining in Waco. Earlier this week, he interviewed for the Indianapolis Colts’ vacant head coaching position this week, but as of Thursday evening, he has turned the job now.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 12, 2018
Rhule has spent one season as Baylor’s head coach. It was ugly. Baylor went 1-11, including early losses to Conference USA foe UTSA and FCS opponent Liberty. Before that, Rhule was the head coach at Temple, where he went 28-23 in four years — but 20-7 over his last two, when he reached double-digit wins twice and won the AAC in 2016. Rhule has a strong reputation in the college football community.
He took over Baylor after the Bears spent the 2016 season under an interim head coach, Jim Grobe, and went 7-6. Grobe was only in the job because Baylor fired Art Briles before that season, amid a sexual misconduct scandal that also led to the ouster of Baylor’s then-athletic director and chancellor. The program lost players and recruits after Briles’ departure, and Rhule didn’t have the same team his predecessors did.
The Colts fired coach Chuck Pagano after the regular season. For now, Indy will have to look elsewhere, and Baylor gets to keep his coach.