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The Carolina Panthers have found their new head coach in former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The Big 12 Conference’s Coach of the Year went 11-3 last season with the Bears and was subject to NFL head coach offers from the Panthers, Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants.
Rapoport said in a video on Twitter that Panthers owner David Tepper was not letting Rhule leave Carolina without a deal in place. Tepper also was willing to put in funds/money towards a sports science that the new head coach wants.
Before joining the pro ranks at Carolina, Rhule was also the head coach at Temple for four seasons and won an American Athletic Conference (AAC) Championship in 2016. At Baylor, his team from a majorly disappointing 1-11 record in 2017 to a win in the Texas Bowl over Vanderbilt.
He will join a team consisted with quarterbacks Cam Newton, Kyle Allen, and Will Allen, wide receiver Curtis Samuel and defensive talent in defensive end/linebacker Brian Burns and linebackers Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson.