On Tuesday morning, the Baylor Bears lost head coach Matt Rhule to the NFL. According to multiple reports, Rhule signed a deal to become the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers.
With Rhule gone, Baylor will open a search for a new head coach.
One ESPN analyst has a very bold option for the Bears. ESPN host Dari Nowkah suggested Baylor should look the way of Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze.
“Just a hunch. Watch for Baylor to look hard at hiring Hugh Freeze.
Just a hunch. Watch for #Baylor to look hard at hiring Hugh Freeze.
I realize his past at Ole Miss… but I also think Baylor could look more at his “redemption” at Liberty. https://t.co/W6avHlyBd1
— Dari Nowkhah (@ESPNDari) January 7, 2020
Freeze led Liberty to an 8-5 record, including a 23-16 win over Georgia Southern in the Cure Bowl.
While he’s known as one of the greatest offensive minds in college football, Freeze’s controversial tenure at Ole Miss makes him difficult to hire. Numerous recruiting violations and alleged calls to a female escort service led Ole Miss to get rid of Freeze.
Three years after his departure, Freeze landed at Liberty. He signed an extension with the team in December following his first successful season.
It would be a bold move for Baylor, which was embroiled in scandal just a few years ago.