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Giants will interview Matt Rhule for head coach position

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The New York Giants will interview the University of Baylor’s head coach Matt Rhule for their head coach vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

The Giants relieved Pat Shurmur from his head coaching duties at the conclusion of the 2019 season. New York went 9-23 during his two seasons as their lead man.

Rhule, 44, is credited with bringing Baylor back from the dead after a scandal, led by former head coach Art Briles, set the program back. He was distinguished with Big 12 Coach of the Year honors in 2019 after leading his program to an 11-2 record. At Baylor, he went from 1-11 to 7-6 to 11-2. He led back-to-back 10-win seasons for Temple before heading to Waco, Texas.

Rhule previously earned interest in the NFL in 2018. The New York Jets considered him but ultimately chose Adam Gase to helm the ship.

Reportedly, Rhule is the Giants’ top choice on the open market. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports insists that it’s “Rhule or Nothing,” in the Big Apple.

Rhule has a limited portfolio in the NFL. However, the former Penn State linebacker does have some experience, non-coincidentally with the team wanting to hire him. In 2012, he left his job as Temple’s offensive coordinator to join the Giants as an assistant offensive line coach under Tom Coughlin. He left after one season, returning to Temple to be their head coach.

Rhule doesn’t have much NFL experience, but he accomplished the improbable in Baylor. His culture, meteoric rise, youthfulness and leadership make for an intriguing face of an NFL franchise.