A very familiar headline appeared in the papers the other day.
“Matt Rhule Turns Down Colts to Remain at Baylor.”
Familiar, because I’ve seen that headline somewhere before:
“Matt Rhule Turns Down Missouri to Remain at Temple.”
Now, the chances are that Matt Rhule was offered either job are about as good as I being offered the job of replacing Mike Francesa on his highly successful radio show.
It was just floated out there, maybe not by Rhule, but by his agent to make him look better returning to his other positions.
This is the new norm in college football these days and that’s one of the two reasons that college football is harder to get into for me with each passing year.
Gone are the days when a great coach like Wayne Hardin can stay at Temple for 13 years or the days when Joe Paterno plants his flag down in State College and turns down being a millionaire as head coach of the New England Patriots for lesser pay and a chance to build something at Penn State.
Money talks and bullbleep walks, as the late-night TV commercial used to say.
The other reason—lack of a true all-inclusive national championship—has been covered in this space in the past and I don’t see that as changing any time soon, either.
Today, though, is about Rhule.
My issue with him was these proclamations of lifelong fidelity to Temple and then to turn around and leave the team that made him millions for Baylor and not even coach the bowl game. That was his decision and, while I didn’t agree with it, I have to respect it.
The bottom line for Rhule is that he gave Temple a great 10 years and if he felt that he had to leave before the bowl game, that should be his decision. God bless him and I hope he has a great career, but the latest dalliance with the NFL makes me think he’s got second thoughts about the mess he’s gotten into at Baylor. It’s a similar situation to Al Golden at Miami, who gave Temple a great five years.
Hopefully, both will straighten things out and have solid careers. Funny thing is they could have had good-paying jobs at Temple for life with a fraction of the headaches.
Maybe it’s something for Geoff Collins to think about.
Friday: Five Unanswered Questions
Monday: The Coaching Shuffle