Matt Rhule details what sets Year 1 at Nebraska apart from stops at Temple, Baylor
Matt Rhule has stepped to the helm at Nebraska and is looking to rebuild the Husker program. Rhule comes to Lincoln with a proven track record as a builder of collegiate programs, but that track record has not been without setbacks.
In his previous collegiate head coaching stops, Rhule went 2-10 during his first year as Temple’s head coach before eventually going 20-7 over his final two seasons with the Owls. At Baylor, the Bears went 1-11 in Rhule’s first season before winning 11 games just 2 years later.
During a recent interview, Rhule was asked about Nebraska and how Year 1 with the Huskers could look different than those previous stops. He called the situation in Lincoln “significantly different” than his previous stops while highlighting the particular challenges faced at previous destinations.
Rhule specifically pointed to Temple’s transition between conferences during his start as head coach. At Baylor, Rhule stepped into a situation following the Art Briles scandal and a massive wave of departing players.
As for what Rhule has at Nebraska, he pointed to a large group of players that have already been through a lot and are already bought into the process:
“This is a bunch of guys that have been through a lot. They beat Iowa at the end of the year this year, a great Iowa team. These guys have battled, I think they’re pretty bought into what we’re doing, so I’m excited to work with this group,” said Rhule on the Andy Staples Show. “I think we are where we were at those other places in Year 2; we’re there right now.”
Here’s the full interview with Rhule: