Rhule spent four seasons at Temple.
Some fans actually made a decision to take to twitter to voice their displeasure. As far as breaking all ties to Briles and his coaching tree, which was absolutely necessary, hiring Rhule accomplishes that much.
Some good fun on Twitter that seems to be calming down pretty well, but let this be a reminder to all of you: always look for the blue check mark.
Indeed, for a Baylor program that has been turned upside down in the wake of repeated sexual assault allegations against football players-and the University's mishandling of those situations-a positive change was needed.
Ever since Al Golden was hired by the University of Miami in December of 2010, Temple has become somewhat of a pitstop for head coaches looking to advance up the rung of Division-1 jobs.
Earlier Tuesday, CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported that there had been "zero contact" between Baylor and Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson, who was previously linked to the Baylor job on Monday night. Instead, Baylor's picked Rhule.
Rhule oversaw an incredible turnaround at Temple. He previously coached six years at Temple from 2006-11, first as the defensive line coach before switching to quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in 2008.
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Because Rhule has zero years of experience in the Lone Star State, he'll have to surround himself with coaches who have some cachet in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas.
As he put it, Rhule brought the Owls onto the national scene, and now, the university wants to find a coach who can keep it there. He went 2-10, 6-6, 10-4 and 10-3 in his four seasons.
"I think it is a matter of endurance", Foley said in a telephone interview Tuesday evening.
Rhule led the Temple Owls to 20 wins over the last two seasons and their conference champs for the first time since 1967. But considering the state of Baylor's team and roster, it was probably wiser to choose the best possible program-builder than the next-best Air Raid guy.
Matt Rhule is taking on a Texas-sized challenge at Baylor after leading Temple to unprecedented success.
After multiple reports linked names such as Chad Morris, Jeff Brohm and Sonny Dykes to the Bears' opening, AD Mack Rhoades landed the 41-year-old Owls architect to re-construct his program.
Baylor fans should be somewhat patient with Rhule since they just witnessed a season in which the coaching staff openly feuded with the school's board of regents.