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Baylor's Matt Rhule hopes to be in Waco for a long time

February 6, 2019

Following a Texas Bowl victory over Vanderbilt and while closing out his third recruiting class since taking the head coaching position at Baylor in December of 2016, Matt Rhule knew that questions regarding his connection to the NFL, specifically the New York Jets, would be asked. 


“People ask questions about it, but you know what, in today’s college football, coaches don’t hang around one way or another real long,” Rhule said in his signing day press conference. “You’re either on your way to getting fired or a guy is taking another job.”

That statement shouldn’t create confidence in a Baylor fan or potential football prospect, but Rhule clarified in the rest of his response that he has found a home in Waco. 

A home that is more comfortable than an NFL team in his home state? A place he grew up rooting for both the New York Giants and the New York Jets?

“If I didn’t go back to New York to my hometown to do it, I don’t know that I’ll do it,” Rhule added. “That was an honor that an NFL team would talk to me. It was really an honor for our staff and for our players. It speaks volumes to what the guys here have done.”

Had Rhule been willing to accept that all coaching personnel decisions would be decided by the management team for the Jets, there’s a very good chance he would have received a job offer. He didn’t, the Jets didn’t officially offer, and Rhule is still in Waco ready to coach the Bears for a third season.

And according to Rhule, he hopes to be in Waco for a much longer time.

“I just think that I have found a job here at Baylor that really fits me, and I think it’s a University that fits me. And it’s a place that I certainly hope I have a chance to be at for a long time. I’ve been really honest with people about that and I think when people ask me they’ve appreciated it.”

How long is a long time? If the wins keep coming and recruiting continues to improve, Baylor fans are hoping they can slap the “lifer” label on him. But for now, one season at a time.

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