Baylor extends coach Matt Rhule’s contract through 2027 season

Just one day after its 23-21 win against Iowa State to kick off Big 12 play, Baylor announced it is sticking with coach Matt Rhule for the long term.

The university reached a deal with the third-year head coach to extend his contract through the 2027 season, the school announced on Sunday night.

“Since arriving at Baylor in December 2016, Waco has become our home. My family is very happy here,” Rhule said. “Baylor, its mission, and its people are a tremendous fit for myself and our staff and all the things we believe in. Most importantly, I have grown to love these players and I am proud of the things they are accomplishing on and off the field ... I look forward to a bright future and continuing to work with our student-athletes for years to come.”

Rhule has led the Bears to a perfect 4-0 record so far this season, thanks largely to a pair of blowout wins against SF Austin and Texas-San Antonio. The Cyclones marked their first Power 5 opponent this season, a game they won after redshirt freshman kicker John Mayers drilled his first-ever field goal attempt at the end of the fourth quarter.

The 44-year-old Rhule as compiled a 12-17 record in more than two seasons in Waco, Texas, and led the team to a bowl game last season after a rough 1-11 campaign in 2017.

Rhule had initially signed a seven-year deal at Baylor, which would have kept him there through the 2023 season.

"I'm incredibly excited Matt and Julie have decided to extend their time at Baylor," athletic director Mack Rhoades said. "I truly feel Matt was called to Waco, and as a family, they are a wonderful asset to the greater community ... We look forward to continued growth in all areas under his leadership. Matt is without a doubt one of the elite head football coaches in the country."

Matt Rhule agreed to a contract extension on Sunday after leading the Bears to a 4-0 start. (AP/David Kent, File)

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