Baylor targeting Louisiana’s Billy Napier to replace Rhule

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Billy Napier has turned down jobs before. However, he may not be able to turn down the latest opportunity.

According to 247Sports’ Billy Embody, Napier is a ‘serious candidate’ to replace Matt Rhule with the Baylor Bears. On Tuesday, Rhule left college football to accept a job in the NFL.

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns head coach Billy Napier walks away from his team
Billy Napier walks away from his team (Photo by Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Department)

He has been hired as the Carolina Panthers head coach. He has received a seven-year, $60 million agreement.

Recently, Napier agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2025 season with the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. However, this does not necessarily mean he’ll be at the school until the contract expires.

He is a big name, who a lot of big name schools are interested in. Before the Ragin Cajuns Bowl win over the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on Monday night, he turned down the Mississippi State Bulldogs to replace Joe Moorhead.

The Bears; however, have an attractive job, as Rhule went 11-3 in his final season with the team. Also, Baylor has a lot of money to spend on a new head coach, possibly close to $5 million per season.

When Rhule was the Bears head coach, he made $4.1 million, according to the USA Today College Salary Database.

Napier has guided the Ragin’ Cajuns the last two seasons. He is 18-10 during those two seasons.

He is also 1-1 in Bowl games.

The program had a four-win improvement in 2019 than it did in 2018. After guiding the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 7-7 mark in 2018, Louisiana improved to 11-3 to conclude the 2019 season.

The 40-year-old has experience at high-profile programs. He previously worked for the Clemson Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide, and the Arizona State Sun Devils.

It’s only a matter of time before he’ll be scooped up by a high-profile opportunity. Baylor may be the team to hire Napier to keep Rhule’s success going.

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