Temple's Matt Rhule is Baylor's new football coach

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 6, 2016 11:01 AM

Former Temple head coach Matt Rhule, right, talks to officials during the first half of the American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game against Navy, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

(Undated) -- Matt Rhule has left Temple after two seasons to become the new coach at Baylor, where he takes over a beleaguered Big 12 Conference program.

He won 20 games over the past two seasons with the Owls.

Rhule becomes the full-time replacement for two-time Big 12 champion coach Art Briles, who was dismissed after a scathing report over the university's handling of sexual assault complaints, including some against football players. 

Former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe had been out of coaching two years when he put his retirement on hold in May to serve as Baylor's acting head coach this season. The Bears are 6-6, and headed to the Cactus Bowl even with a six-game losing streak.

Rhule played linebacker at State College High School before walking on as a linebacker at Penn State in college under coach Joe Paterno.

His first coaching position was at Albright College in Reading, where he served as the linebackers coach.

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