Halfway through the 2017 season, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule is still searching for a win.
Thankfully for the Bears’ first-year coach, he’s been in this situation before at his previous job. Turning Temple into a respectable program didn’t happen overnight.
Despite a 2-10 record in his debut season with the Owls, Rhule’s first year was huge in laying down the foundation for a future that included two 10-win seasons in years 3 and 4 of Rhule’s time at Temple, according to the Washington Post.
“I always look back, and as coaches at Temple we would always say we felt like we did our best coaching job the first year,” Rhule told the Washington Post’s Chuck Culpepper. “You know, we took a team that lost to Fordham and we always felt like we did our best teaching and coaching that year.
“So as we go through this now, my challenge to our staff is to make sure we do our best teaching and coaching right now, because this is when the players need it. … When you’re going through hard times is where you build relationships. You build a foundation for a program, where, ‘Hey, this is what we stand for.’ ”
Rhule’s mentality is one Baylor, a program that has seen a steep decline since a sexual assault scandal struck its campus, needs. The rebuild has not been pretty with humbling losses to FCS Liberty and UTSA, but Rhule is not one to panic, he tells Culpepper.
Baylor will once again go for its first win of the year on Saturday, Oct. 14, against Oklahoma State on the road. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
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