Matt Rhule was named the Baylor Bears football head coach a week ago. This comes after a successful four years coaching Temple, where Rhule finished 20-7 in the last two seasons, and 28-23 overall in his four-year tenure.
Not too shabby for a Temple Owls program that was pretty awful before Rhule arrived. Now, Rhule, 41 goes from the small-town Temple to the big show at Baylor, where he will have some problems that need to be fixed following a scandal and an 8-8 season.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen down the road,” Rhule said on Tiki And Tierney on CBS Sports Radio. “I don’t know the details. Noone really knows what is coming down the pike. I just had to feel really comfortable with the people that were interviewing me. Most importantly, they were going to stand by and help me develop the kids. At the end of the day, it’s about the players and helping them move forward. I felt great about it.”
The image repair was essential for Rhule when being interviewed.
“That’s why I wanted to come,” he said. “I had other opportunities. I could have stayed at the great job at Temple. I had some other opportunities. At the end of the day, I’m a guy that likes fixing things. I felt like I was meant to come here and help in that process. I was meant to assist in the process of restoring the pride to the kids on the team and to the people around the program. That was as much the mission as the football. This to me was a job that had a little something greater purpose to it.”