Baylor football: Temple’s Matt Rhule named new head coach

The Baylor football program finally has its next head coach.

After a tumultuous offseason involving a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of former head coach Art Briles, the team entered the 2016 season with Jim Grobe serving as the interim head coach en route to a disappointing 6-6 record.

While Baylor was interested in a number of established coaches, they ultimately went with one of the coaching world’s rising stars in Temple’s Matt Rhule.

FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman was first to report the news.

Rhule has led Temple to two consecutive American Athletic Conference Championship Games, steamrolling Navy last weekend to claim the Owls’ first AAC title.

Now, Rhule will look to return a struggling Baylor team — which has watched nearly its entire 2017 recruiting class decommit — back to the top of the Big 12. It won’t be easy, but Rhule has proven to be more than capable of turning a program around in the past, as evidenced by his recent work with Temple.

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