After just three seasons in Baylor, Matt Rhule is leaving to become the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers, as first reported by Adam Schefter.
It’s a move that is surprising to many, not that he would move to the NFL, but that he would skip a meeting with the New York Giants, where he had once coached and in an area he grew up.
Former Baylor HC Matt Rhule is taking the Carolina Panthers’ HC job, as @PeteThamel reported. Rhule was supposed to interview today with the Giants; he didn’t make it there.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 7, 2020
Rhule capped off an incredible turnaround in Waco, going 1-11 his first season and helping the program rebound from its sex scandal, and then leading the team to an 11-3 season, which included a trip to the Big 12 Championship and the Sugar Bowl, which they lost to Georgia.
According to Adam Schefter, Rhule’s deal is for seven years and north of $60 million, and could reach as much as $70 million. That is incredible, and it’s hard to see how Baylor ever had a chance to keep a guy who has had an NFL itch for a long time.
Panthers are giving former Baylor HC Matt Rhule a seven-year – seven year – deal worth $60 million that with incentives could be worth up to $70 million, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 7, 2020
Where does Baylor go from here? That remains to be seen.
Baylor fans have to be understandably disappointed, but what Rhule has done in a short period of time should not be overlooked and the fan base has to be grateful for where this program is right now compared to where it was right before Rhule took over.
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