The Carolina Panthers have hired Matt Rhule, the head coach of the Baylor University football team, as Ron Rivera’s replacement to lead the team.
Rhule comes to the team with extensive college football coaching history along with one year in the NFL before his collegiate coaching career and has been known to build programs upon taking them over.
It has been reported that Panthers owner David Tepper had spent the last few days in Waco, Tex., with the head coach and didn’t want to take the chance that Rhule would take the position with the New York Giants, instead, since that is where he spent his one year in the NFL in 2012 (as an assistant offensive line coach).
Rhule has spent the last seven years coaching college football, most recently with the Baylor Bears. Prior to that, he was at Temple University.
Baylor ended its 2019 season 11-3 with a bowl appearance in the Sugar Bowl and finished the 2018 season 7-6 with an appearance and victory in the Texas Bowl after Rhule’s first season at Baylor in 2017 ended 1-11.
When Rhule took over Temple in 2013, the team was 2-10. However, after rebuilding the team, Rhule led the program to 10 wins in both 2015 and 2016.
Rhule has a proven record taking over teams in despair and building them into winning programs and it appears as if Tepper feels Rhule’s record and coaching style is just what the Panthers need to turn the program around.
The Panthers ended the 2019 season 5-11 and fired Ron Rivera after the team lost its fourth game in a row to the Washington Redskins on Dec. 1. The team wasn’t able to turn their season around under the interim leadership of Perry Fewell, who lost the last four games of the season.