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Sport Sources: Panthers finalizing deal to hire Baylor's Matt Rhule as new head coach

17:33  07 january  2020
17:33  07 january  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Panthers to interview Baylor's Matt Rhule for head coaching vacancy, per report

  Panthers to interview Baylor's Matt Rhule for head coaching vacancy, per report Carolina is casting its line both around the NFL and into the college ranksPanthers owner David Tepper has talked somewhat skeptically about the ability of college coaches to make the jump to the NFL, La Canfora said over the weekend, but Fitzgerald and Rhule were two coaches who "definitely appealed to him." Newton, meanwhile, reported Sunday that Tepper has not ruled out hiring an NCAA coach to replace Ron Rivera, who was dismissed early this month after nearly nine seasons at the helm of the Panthers staff.

The Carolina Panthers were reportedly set to interview Josh McDaniels on Tuesday, but before the New England Patriots offensive coordinator Sports' Pete Thamel, who reported Tuesday morning the Panthers are finalizing a deal with Baylor head coach Matt Rhule to fill their own head - coaching

The Carolina Panthers have reportedly hired Baylor ’ s Matt Rhule as their next head coach Tuesday. Yahoo Sports first reported that the two sides were finalizing an agreement. Rhule spent the last seven seasons coaching in college. He was with Baylor from 2017 to 2019 and led

Baylor coach Matt Rhule is finalizing a deal to become the next coach of the Carolina Panthers, sources told Yahoo Sports.

a close up of a man wearing a hat: Baylor head coach Matt Rhule watches from the sideline in an NCAA college football game against Texas Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Baylor head coach Matt Rhule watches from the sideline in an NCAA college football game against Texas Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Rhule emerged as one of the most coveted coaches in the NFL world in the past few seasons, and chose the Panthers over significant interest from the New York Giants and other NFL clubs.

Rhule led Baylor on one of the most impressive turnarounds in recent college football history. The Bears went 11-3 this season after going 1-11 in Rhule’s first season in 2017. Rhule led Temple to back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2015 and 2015, establishing himself as one of the top pro-style coaches in the collegiate ranks.

Rhule has one season of NFL experience, coming from his time as an assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants in 2012. He took the Temple head coaching job from there.

He replaces Ron Rivera, who went 76-63 over nine years with the franchise.

Rhule had received significant NFL interest the last three seasons, which in part led to a contract extension at Baylor that put him among the sport’s highest paid coaches. Rhule received interest from the Jets and other NFL franchises last year and interviewed with the Colts after his 1-11 season at Baylor.

Matt Rhule hired as Panthers' new head coach .
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Panthers are in for a change. For the first time in history, Carolina has hired a head coach directly from the college ranks and one with an offensive background. The Panthers have hired Matt Rhule as the franchise's fifth full-time head coach, a source with knowledge of the decision told the Observer on Tuesday morning. The Panthers confirmed the news Tuesday afternoon. For the first time in history, Carolina has hired a head coach directly from the college ranks and one with an offensive background. The Panthers have hired Matt Rhule as the franchise’s fifth full-time head coach, a source with knowledge of the decision told the Observer on Tuesday morning.

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