Since Black Monday when several NFL coaches were fired, Matt Rhule is one of the hottest coaches on the market. The Baylor coach is being linked to several NFL openings, but on Tuesday, Rhule put a brief pause to those rumors.
According to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough, when asked Tuesday if he believes he will return to Baylor next season, Rhule said, “I plan on that. I certainly think I will be.”
Rhule is being most closely linked to the New York Giants job since the team’s owners “like him a lot” and have been “enamored” with him ever since he served as the Giants assistant offensive line coach in 2012, all according to SNY.
According to Scarborough, Rhule made it clear there is more to this decision than simply where he personally wants to be, saying, “One thing people don’t realize is coaches, we pick up our families. We rip them out of their homes. We rip them out of the places that they are. Sometimes you do that until you get to a point where you find happy. You shouldn’t mess with happy.
“There’s a lot to accomplish at Baylor. And most importantly, it’s just each and every year, I want to put together a championship-caliber team. And I think we have a chance to be even better next year than we are this year. … More than money, it’s about the situation for my family.”
The Giants fired Pat Shurmur as head coach Monday after he went just 9-23 in two seasons. As for Rhule, he helped Baylor to an 11-2 record this season, and the Bears take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night.
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