The Panthers officially now have a new head coach – Baylor University’s now former head coach, Matt Rhule.
Owner David Tepper had the field narrowed down to 2 candidates yesterday, Josh McDaniels and Matt Rhule. He spend yesterday with Rhule and his family and apparently liked him so much that he wanted to finalize the deal before Rhule had the chance to interview with the New York Giants, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
From @gmfb: The #Panthers swooped in and hired #Baylor coach Matt Rhule in a stealth move. One big draw was #Panthers owner David Tepper being willing to put money into the sports science program that Rhule wants. Resources won’t be a problem. pic.twitter.com/CIB52vDldE
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 7, 2020
Rhule grew up in New York City and played linebacker at Penn State, playing 4 years under Joe Paterno. He was a three-time Penn State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 1997.
He switched between the defensive line coach, quarterbacks coach, and offensive coordinator at Temple University for 6 years before being hired by the New York Giants as their assistant offensive line coach.
He returned to Temple in 2012 as their head coach and led them to 2 consecutive championship games, and their first conference championship win since 1967. He left Temple to become the head coach at Baylor in 2016 where he took the team from a 1–11 record in 2017 to a 11-1 record in 2019.
What do you think about the decision to hire Rhule?