We’ve already seen former Texas Tech head coach and current USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury leave his job in the collegiate ranks to become an NFL head coach. Is Baylor’s Matt Rhule next?
Rhule has spent only two seasons in Waco, but has reportedly drawn interest from NFL franchises this off-season. The New York Jets have spoken with Rhule about their head coaching vacancy, according to Jason La Canfora.
Today, Baylor AD Mack Rhoades confirmed to ESPN 1660’s Craig Smoak that Rhule is getting looked at by the NFL, and by other college programs as well.
Rhoades did not specify what teams are interested in possibly hiring Rhule, but said the head coach has been transparent throughout the process.
#Baylor AD Mack Rhoades would not confirm any specific opportunities in front of HC Matt Rhule but said he's had a "conversation or two." A few college programs have also shown interest. Rhule has been been completely transparent with him throughout.
— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) January 8, 2019
The 43-year-old Rhule is a native New Yorker who played college football at Penn State. He is 8-17 in two seasons at Baylor, taking over in the wake of the scandal-filled tenure of Art Briles.
Rhule took the Bears to the Texas Bowl this season. He also led Temple to a pair of bowl games from 2013-16.
Rhule spent the 2012 season as the assistant offensive line coach with the New York Giants.