Matt Rhule suddenly is everywhere

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Like Punxsutawney Phil, former Panthers coach Matt Rhule spent six weeks in purgatory after being asked to take his shadow, and the rest of his body, back home.

Now, all of a sudden, Rhule is everywhere. Talking and writing about football in an extensive and apparently concerted effort to get his name out there. Just as college football season is winding to a conclusion.

When Panthers owner David Tepper fired Rhule, the thinking was that, by getting Rhule on the market quickly for a head-coaching job, he’d be in a better position to reduce his buyout by lining up a prime college job. Apparently, Rhule isn’t getting the response he’d expected.

Why else would he be launching an all-out media tour? He’s banging the drum. He’s waving the flag. He’s trying to get some attention at a time when college programs are compiling their wish lists.

As one astute observer has noted, Rhule thought he’d get the Nebraska or Wisconsin job. Now, he may be left with Arizona State. Or maybe West Virginia, if the folks 30 miles up the road from me dig deep to pay the balance the amounts due and owing to a head coach who clearly needs to go.

Rhule has shown that he can turn college programs around, quickly. Of course, if he takes anything other than a first-tier job as he rebounds from failing in the NFL, he’ll undoubtedly be looking to turn another team around — and then high-tail it to a bigger job.

11 responses to “Matt Rhule suddenly is everywhere

  1. One of the worst coaching hires in recent memory. Urban Meyer may have him beat on that though. The lesson that owners never seem to learn: Don’t hire college coaches.

  2. Don’t forget Texas A&M with their similar NFL payroll, oops NIL deals, and not even eligible for a crap bowl game.

    A failed coach is still a failed coach, recruits and players with the transfer portal see that and don’t want to be part of that. So he needs to disappear for a few year either it is mid-level school or Saban’s rehab program for failed coaches, though I see Kingsbury at the front of that line for offense as it looks like BoB has done enough to redeem himself to get a decent HC job.

  3. For what it’s worth, several sources claim Rhule turned down Nebraska and is leaning to sitting out a year. The real story is how bad off Nebraska is. With Rhule out it sounds like they’re down to trying to steal Lance Leipold away from Kansas which sounded a whole lot better a month ago but now with KU fading down the stretch looks much iffier. Their supposed 3rd pick is Bronco Mendenhall who was last seen compiling a losing record in the ACC. Is THAT the guy who will resurrect Nebraska in the Big Ten? I can’t imagine how they’d sell that to the fanbase.

  4. He turned down Nebraska is what I am hearing? He was never going to get Wisconsin, Leaping Leonard had that job since the firing. He needs to realize that Baylor hasn’t missed a step and he has a little stink on him now. Nebraska would have been a good fit IMO. A school that needs to be rebuilt with a coach that needs to refresh his image.

  5. Matt Rhule was never going to get the Wis Badgers job. Former Badger and Defensive Coordinator Jim Leonhard has always been the first in line for that job,… as long as he didn’t take an NFL job.
    I’m still surprised Paul Chryst was let go. Something must’ve happened between Chryst and New AD Chris McIntosh. 1 down season doesn’t constitute a firing.

  6. he made Temple a winner. Living near there, that is not an easy thing to do.

    Az State should be doing cartwheels to get him after Herm. Nebraska too. They’re desperate.

  7. jhorton83 says:
    November 22, 2022 at 11:48 am
    Blah, blah, blah …..The lesson that owners never seem to learn: Don’t hire college coaches.
    ************************
    Jimmy Johnson was a college coach.
    It’s dumb to suggest broadly not to hire college coaches.

  8. Tony Awesome says:
    November 22, 2022 at 12:18 pm
    Matt Rhule was never going to get the Wis Badgers job. Former Badger and Defensive Coordinator Jim Leonhard has always been the first in line for that job,… as long as he didn’t take an NFL job.
    I’m still surprised Paul Chryst was let go. Something must’ve happened between Chryst and New AD Chris McIntosh. 1 down season doesn’t constitute a firing.

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    Wasn’t one bad season. It was a program that was regressing each and every year under him. I believe only 1 double digit win season since 2018 in a B1G west that isn’t that difficult to navigate. Recruiting was down and Badgers don’t want to become the after thought Nebraska, a program with much more history, has become. I had been calling for a change for 2 years now.

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