Baylor names Temple’s Rhule as new coach
Baylor hired Matt Rhule on Tuesday, hoping the highly successful Temple coach can rebuild the Big 12 Conference program hit hard by scandal and suddenly struggling on the field.
Rhule becomes the full-time replacement for two-time Big 12 champion coach Art Briles, who was dismissed after a scathing report over the university’s handling of sexual assault complaints, including some against football players. Rhule, who had consecutive 10-win seasons with the Owls, will be introduced by Baylor on the Waco campus Wednesday.
The Bears are 6-6, and headed to the Cactus Bowl despite a six-game skid under former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe, who had been out of coaching two years when he put his retirement on hold in May to serve as Baylor’s acting head coach this season. Grobe told Rhoades back in September, when the Bears were still undefeated, that he didn’t want to be a candidate for the full-time job.