Rhule Leaves Baylor For the NFL's Panthers

January 7, 2020 by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff

Matt Rhule took over a Baylor program that went 1-11 in 2017 and led the Bears to a 6-win improvement in 2018. For an encore, his 2019 squad went 11-3 with just one regular season loss to Oklahoma, another loss to the Sooners in the Big 12 Championship game and a Sugar Bowl bowl loss to Georgia. Unfortunately for Baylor fans, that performance caught the attention of NFL teams and Rhule was hired on Tuesday (January 7) as the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers.

At Baylor, Rhule repeated the turnaround success he had at Temple where his first two team was 1-11, but his next three seasons saw the Owls go a cumulative 26-13.

The New York Giants had also been looking to hire Rhule. He was a one-time assistant with the team in 2012 when he coached the offensive line. The Giants that year finished 9-7.

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