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Matt Rhule may be early favorite to land the Giants’ head coaching job

Matt Rhule, Giants

The New York Giants fired Pat Shurmur from his post as head coach on Monday morning, and according to Troy Renck of Denver 7 ABC, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule is the favorite to replace him.

Rhule was a serious candidate for the New York Jets’ head-coaching vacancy last offseason but withdrew his name from the race after discovering that he would not be able to hire his own assistants.

The 44-year-old spent one season with the Giants in 2012, serving as an assistant offensive line coach. That is the extent of his NFL coaching experience.

Rhule’s NCAA coaching tenure began in 1998, when he took over as Albright’s linebackers coach. He bounced around between a few schools in the coming years, serving as defensive line coach for Buffalo and UCLA one season each before joining Western Carolina from 2002 through 2005, holding a variety of different coaching positions.

He then landed as a defensive line coach at Temple in 2006. He moved to the offensive side of the ball the following year, taking over as quarterbacks coach and running game coordinator before being elevated to the role of offensive coordinator in 2008.

Rhule held that role through 2011 before joining the Giants for one season. He proceeded to return to Temple in 2013, but this time, it was in a head-coaching capacity.

The New York, New York native spent four seasons as Temple’s head coach, going 28-23. He was then hired as Baylor’s head coach in 2017, and in three seasons at Baylor, he has gone 19-19.

Rhule had his most success on the collegiate level this season, going 11-2 and leading the Bears to a Sugar Bowl appearance. Baylor will take on Georgia in the matchup on Jan. 1.

The Giants went 4-12 this year and went just 9-23 overall in Shurmur’s two seasons at the helm.