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I’d Lose Respect for Matt Rhule if He Bailed on Baylor, But I’d Understand It

Kevin Kinkead - January 11, 2018

Imagine signing a seven-year contract, then bailing after the first year.

It doesn’t really work like that in the real world, but college football is a different beast entirely, where coaches are free to go wherever they please while the players that committed to them are forced to sit out an entire season for the same exact thing.

Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported that ex-Temple head coach Matt Rhule interviewed for the Indianapolis Colts job, formerly held by Chuck Pagano, who was fired at the end of the season.

This shouldn’t surprise anybody. Rhule spent the 2012 season in the NFL, coaching the New York Giants’ offensive line under Tom Coughlin. He spent the six prior years as a Temple assistant, but came back to helm the Owls in 2013 after just one NFL season.

He’s always been an opportunist, and no one should blame him for that. If the New York Times came calling, you’d probably leave your post at the Reading Eagle.

But bailing on the downtrodden Baylor Bears after a 1-11 debut season feels… dirty to me, even by the lowly standards of college football. Rhule knew what he was getting himself into in Waco, taking over a program that was shattered by a sexual assault scandal that further blanketed the entire university. The recruiting cupboard was bare and the national image of the school remained unfavorable, at least from my observations as a Big 12 fan living on the east coast. Continue Reading

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A winless Matt Rhule is still the right coach for Baylor

Kevin Kinkead - September 21, 2017

Baylor football may very well go 0-12 this year, depending what happens on November 4th in Lawrence, Kansas.

Circle that one on your calendar. It’s Bears vs. Jayhawks for ninth place in the Big 12 Conference, a matchup between the movable object and the stoppable force.

It’s sad to think about because I really like Matt Rhule.

My first interaction with the Baylor head coach was two years ago while working at CBS 3. I was producing “Sports Zone” at the time, the half-hour special that aired on Sunday nights after the late news.

Rhule had just started his third Temple season with a 27-10 home win against Penn State, which was probably the biggest victory of his nascent head coaching career. He did every interview that weekend, from ESPN, to the Associated Press and Action News and all of the local papers. Rhule didn’t have to make time for us, but he did, showing up in person at 9 p.m. the night after the game to tape a segment for our 11:35 p.m. show. I took him to our studio after he got off the elevator and we spent 10 minutes just bullshitting about college football in general. He seemed like a grounded and genuine person.

Ask around and you’ll hear similar stories about Rhule, who left for Baylor after taking the Owls from 2-10 to 10-4. The guy made college football relevant in a parochial pro sports town. We had College Gameday on Independence Mall, for Christ’s sake.

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