It appears that Nebraska football has their next candidate for head coach. Former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule is set to finalize a contract with the program. It is expected to happen in the coming days, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.
Rhule spent the last three seasons with the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. He compiled an 11-27 record.
He was more successful in the collegiate ranks, as he began his career at Temple in 2013. He quickly tightened the ship at Temple, leading the Owls to back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2015 and 2016.
He took over at Baylor beginning on December 6, 2016. He endured rough patches to begin his Baylor coaching career, as the Bears had a 1-11 record in 2016. He then recorded a 7-6 record in 2017, winning the Texas Bowl in 2017. Success continued for him in 2019, as he led Baylor to an 11-3 record, good enough for second in the Big 12 Conference. In the process, he was able to build the program. He left for the Panthers following the 2019 season.
This could be exactly what the Nebraska football program needs in a head coach. Rhule was able to orchestrate quick turnarounds at both Temple and Baylor. Nebraska football has not appeared in a bowl game since the 2016 season, and has not had a winning season since that year as well. Rhule’s success in developing offense of and defensive line talent is something that Nebraska will need as well.
It will be intriguing to see what the final details of a potential contract would look like. The Nebraska football program is one that needs a revamp, and Rhule could be the one to do it.