I know everyone says that their coach "won" the press conference, and nobody can remember a coach that didn't. I know I'm probably going to sound like a tremendous homer (because I am one). But that was a fairly incredible performance by new Head Football Coach Matt Rhule in what is probably a true introduction (in that most had never heard him speak before) to a big portion of Baylor Nation. With the cadence of a minister that had a few too many cups of coffee (in a good way!), Rhule enthralled Baylor Nation with a clear purpose the likes of which we haven't had in half a year: to rebuild Baylor Football and win national championships. I don't know if he can do it given the hand he's been dealt here, but I damn sure know he's going to make us proud in trying. I'm also sure that Baylor needed someone special to come in and help a divided fanbase heal. We got it.
Before I get to the Tweets you're all here to see, an announcement: we're going to be recording a podcast tonight to discuss this hire, and if there are any questions you'd like answered, please put them in this thread.
#GROBE getting a standing O. He deserves it, if anyone does.— OurDailyRhuleFanClub (@OurDailyBears) December 7, 2016
NOT A RHULE TWEET, I KNOW, but a fitting start.
Rhule on prepping for PC: "I tried on about 12 green blazers and about 12 green ties because I plan on being in green for a long time."— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) December 7, 2016
Matt Rhule says he was at dinner at a phone in each hand, wondering which school to coach. Guessing Oregon was on the other line.— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 7, 2016
I'm thinking the Baptist preachers around town just added Matt Rhule's name to their pulpit supply list.— Brice Cherry (@BriceCherry) December 7, 2016
Rhule tells Texas high school coaches he and staff will develop players.— John Werner (@JohnWernerTrib) December 7, 2016
Matt Rhule: "What's our plan? We're just gonna build... you take your two hands you just start to build." #Baylor— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) December 7, 2016
This dude gets it. And it seems like he gets *us* already which is cool because Baylor is a weird place and he's been around for like 2 hrs— david fankhauser (@dfank_BU) December 7, 2016
Between Matt Rhule and Tom Herman, should be a little more energy at Big 12 football media days.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) December 7, 2016
Rhule says he wants to build program in three ways: 1) develop great men, 2) develop as students, 3) develop as players.— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) December 7, 2016
There's a video of this coming up in later tweets. Just wait.
Baylor coach Matt Rhule: "We're gonna bring the No. 3 ranked defense here and play dynamic offense."— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 7, 2016
He talked a bit about his plans for offense, saying that he was taught to fit your scheme to your players by Tom Coughlin. He used the word "dynamic" several times.
Matt Rhule says he can adjust to Baylor's passing offense: "I learned from Coach Coughlin that you take your great players & let them play"— Adam Grosbard (@AdamGrosbard) December 7, 2016
Matt Rhule vows he's going to win championships at Baylor. "I didn't come up here for anything else."— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 7, 2016
It sounds like Matt Rhule is open to building different types of offenses than what he won with at Temple. That's important.— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) December 7, 2016
Rhule apologizes for being so long-winded: "My dad's a preacher and my mom's Italian, so it comes naturally... Sorry mom"— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) December 7, 2016
Matt Rhule's introductory speech at Baylor was full of passion, excitement. Reminded everyone he's the son of a preacher.— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 7, 2016
Rhule on bonding with players: "My jump shot's ready, my 2K game is ready, my ping-pong game is beyond ready."— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) December 7, 2016
I choose to view this as a direct calling out of MattisBear.
I don't know yet if he's going to win a lot of games, but as far as "fit" goes, there's never been a more "Baylor" coach than Matt Rhule.— OurDailyRhuleFanClub (@OurDailyBears) December 7, 2016
Rhule says his practices are part of success in development. Learned practice style from Pete Carroll. Everything matters.— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) December 7, 2016
Another thing he talked about repeatedly: attention to detail. Be purposeful in everything you do.
Rhule says he believes you can do both - play great defense and play dynamic offense in the Big 12 #Baylor— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) December 7, 2016
Someone please get us this with Scott Drew and Matt Rhule’s faces ASAP pic.twitter.com/S4pTdNiLvO— Brad Brown (@zoocat) December 7, 2016
Before today, I'm guessing nobody had ever seen them in the same room at the same time, because they might be the same guy.
Matt Rhule says one of the things he's learned in first days on the job: "A lot of kids want to come to Baylor."— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 7, 2016
#Baylor's Matt Rhule, "there will be guys on the coaching staff who have Texas ties, and we'll try and get others on staff w/Texas ties."— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) December 7, 2016
Matt Rhule on player conduct: "You can't hurt women. You can't hurt people that are less fortunate than you. You can't bully other people."— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) December 7, 2016
This was in response to a question about "Charlie Strong values," and it's been taken somewhat out of context. Rhule responded that he wasn't aware of Strong's particular values, so he didn't want to talk out of place. He then said that there were some things that are non-negotiable, these being among them.
I like it. #BaylorRhules— kyle fuller (@Cudi_K) December 7, 2016
KD Cannon promised Coach Rhule that Baylor is going to win the Cactus Bowl against Boise State.— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) December 7, 2016
I was a few minutes behind everyone else at this point.
Matt Rhule improved to 1-0 at Baylor.— Matt Mosley (@mattmosley) December 7, 2016
THERE IT IS.
If @CoachMattRhule goes to the SLC after this and plays basketball with students, I'll petition to rename McLane Stadium.— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) December 7, 2016
No word that he didn't, so I will assume that he must have. Or he's recruiting. One of the two.
It would seem from this press conference that Matt Rhule was a FANTASTIC hire. One that will help heal the University and win games.— Elliot Coffey (@YungCoff) December 7, 2016
One of the best parts of watching the aftermath of the presser was seeing the reaction of various players/former players. I'll try to post a few.
After hearing that Matt Rhule speech... pic.twitter.com/bD115ori9b— Brian Ethridge (@BE_SicEm365) December 7, 2016
We got us one good coach I see the chemistry already #sicem— /// 3-ThaHardWay (@FlyguyNance) December 7, 2016
BRIAN NANCE, EVERYBODY.
Our new coach is the real deal! Excited about the future!— Jamie Jacobs lll (@Jai_Trey6) December 7, 2016
There's that video I promised you.
Excited for the future with Coach Rhule!— Quan Jones (@QuannJones) December 7, 2016
Matt Rhule said he's received a ton of texts from coaches. Jon Gruden told him: "Bring some power to the Big 12."— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 7, 2016
BAYLOR RHULE'S ‼️— LGAO_4 (@GRAYLAND_1) December 7, 2016
exited about the future...we got the right guy— JB (@JBlake_7) December 7, 2016
That's in about 5 minutes. Watch if you can!
Ready to get rolling with our new coach ! We up next #SicEm— Thomas Cletcher (@Tcletch5_) December 7, 2016
All I have for now. #SicEm!