One of Joe Paterno’s former players will be taking the reins at Baylor.
Matt Rhule, Temple’s head coach, will take the same position at Baylor, the Waco, Texas, school confirmed Tuesday morning.
OFFICIAL: We have our new Head Football Coach. Welcome to Matt Rhule and his family. #SicEm ?
— Baylor Football (@BUFootball) December 6, 2016
Rhule had a successful run with Temple, winning 10 games in both of the last two seasons and an American Athletic Conference championship on Saturday. The Owls went 26-13 in the last three seasons after a 2-10 record in Rhule’s first year (2013). Rhule went 1-3 against his alma mater at Temple, beating Penn State in the 2015 season opener.
“When we set out on our search for a new leader of our football program, we wanted a coach who shared our values, who had demonstrated success, who showed a true commitment to the overall student-athlete and who we believed could lead Baylor to a national championship,” Baylor AD Mack Rhoades IV said in a statement. “We found all of that and more in Matt and I know that he will be a perfect fit with the Baylor Family.”
A State College, Pa., native, Rhule played linebacker at Penn State from 1994-97. The 41-year-old landed his first head coaching job with Temple and now will take over a Baylor program which fired coach Art Briles earlier this year amid a sexual assault scandal.
Baylor went 6-6 this season under interim head coach Jim Grobe.