With Matt Rhule’s Carolina Panthers Regime Over, Where Will He Coach Next?
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There is no denying Matt Rhule’s success as a college football coach — the NFL, not so much.
Rhule won at both Temple University and Baylor University before cashing that in to become head coach of the Carolina Panthers.
At Temple, he engineered a major upset of Penn State, a near-upset of Notre Dame, and went 10-2 in his third season in charge.
At Baylor, he took the Bears from 1-11 to 11-1 in just two seasons.
With the Panthers, his teams went 11-27 in two-plus years before he was fired in early October.
There seems to be no question that Rhule will return to the college ranks, and could have his choice of Power 5 Conference jobs. The question is which job will he choose.
According to most New Jersey sports betting websites, Nebraska, which fired head coach Scott Frost earlier this season, is the heavy favorite. There are others in the mix as well. Here are possible landing spots, and the odds on each for where the New York City native will land:
Nebraska (3-2): The Cornhuskers fired Frost after a loss to Georgia Southern followed by a blowout loss to long-time rival Oklahoma. Mickey Joseph, a former assistant at LSU before joining the ‘Huskers, was named interim head coach and won his first two games. Nebraska will want a “name’’ coach and Rhule may want to try his luck in the Big 10. But the odds seem awfully short.
Auburn (3-1): Bryan Harsin is in just his second season with the Tigers, but blowout losses to Penn State and Georgia and a tough SEC schedule have him in a bit of trouble. Is this a good fit for Rhule? It just might be.
Wisconsin (5-1): Paul Chryst was fired and replaced by defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard after the Badgers were blown out in consecutive weeks by Ohio State and Illinois. Leonhard, the interim head coach, is beloved in the state of Wisconsin and by the Badgers. He turned down the Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator job to stay in Madison. Unless things go incredibly wrong he’ll get the full-time job.
Arizona State (15-2): Interim head coach Sean Aguano, the school’s former running backs coach, took over for Herman Edwards in September. A win over No. 21 Washington was a feather in Aguano’s cap, but the Sun Devils may be looking for more. Rhule might play well in the Pac-12.
Colorado (8-1): Another Pac-12 school in need of a new coach, the Buffs have hit rock bottom in 2022. They began the season 0-5 are allowing over 40 points per game and have not come within 23 points of any opponent. Rhule would help, but he may choose the desert (ASU) over the mountains.
West Virginia (no odds): There are currently no odds listed for the Mountaineers, but they could be a sleeper. Current head coach Neil Brown has been a major disappointment in Morgantown and WVU boosters and fans are not happy. Rhule has shown he can win in the Big 12.
Any NFL Team (33-1): This is not going to happen.
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