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