College to the Pros: Rhule makes the leap, hired by Panthers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Carolina Panthers are finalizing an agreement with head coach Matt Rhule. He will replace Ron Rivera, who was fired in December.

Perry Fewell finished out the season. He was interviewed for the position. However, it ultimately went to Rhule.

Former Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule looks on against the Texas Longhorns
Matt Rhule looks on against the Texas Longhorns (Getty Images)

This will be his first head coaching opportunity in the NFL. He spurs the New York Giants, who had an interviewed planned with him on Tuesday.

Rhule leaves the Baylor Bears after three seasons at the school. Just days prior, he said he would be at the school in 2020 during a Sugar Bowl availability.

Coaches do this all the time. They say that they’re going to be at a school, but they’re always looking for more opportunities.

He had a buyout with the Bears reportedly worth more than $15 million. It is not clear at this time how that buyout will be paid.

Rhule was one of the most coveted players during the coaching search. He turned down an interview with the Cleveland Browns after they had fired Freddie Kitchens.

He was the front-runner for the Giants coaching job after Mike McCarthy was hired by the Dallas Cowboys. Now, the Giants will have to focus their vacancy on hiring another candidates.

The Giants may turn their attention to New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. The Browns are coveting him, as well.

The 44-year-old — who was the 2019 Big 12 Coach of the Year — went 19-20 in three seasons with the Bears. He guided that program from a 1-11 team in 2017 to a 11-3 mark during his final season at the school.

He went 47-43 in his collegiate coaching career, including a four-year stop at Temple.

Rhule has only one-year of coaching experience in the NFL. During the 2012 season, he was the Giants assistant offensive line coach.

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