Bay­lor names Tem­ple’s Rhule as new coach

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

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.

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